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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 14:1-20

Here is, I. Joab's design to get Absalom recalled out of banishment, his crime pardoned, and his attainder reversed, 2 Sam. 14:1. Joab made himself very busy in this affair. 1. As a courtier that was studious, by all ways possible, to ingratiate himself with his prince and improve his interest in his favour: He perceived that the king's heart was towards Absalom, and that, the heat of his displeasure being over, he still retained his old affection for him, and only wanted a friend to court him... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 14:19

And the king said, is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this ?.... That is, is not this done by the advice, assistance, and direction of Joab? did not he form this scheme for thee, and direct thee to this method, and put thee upon prosecuting it? and the woman answered and said, as thy soul liveth, my lord the king ; what I am about to say is as sure as thou art alive; though this may be only a wish that he might long live and be happy; nothing is more desirable than thy valuable... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 14:1-20

The facts are: 1 . Joab, observing that the king's heart was still adverse to Absalom, devised, in order to bring him round to a different feeling, that a wise woman from Tekoah should appear before him and plead a cause. 2 . The woman appears before the king, and narrates as facts certain circumstances, namely, 3 . David, touched with her story, undertakes to grant her request, whereupon the woman, recognizing the usage in such cases, desires to exonerate the king from blame in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 14:1-20

( JERUSALEM .) The woman of Tekoah. 1 . In David "the king" we hero see that fatherly affection may come into conflict with regal justice. He must have perceived the ill effects of sparing Amnon, and felt constrained to punish Absalom. But his grief and resentment were mitigated by the lapse of time ( 2 Samuel 13:39 ). Nevertheless, though prompted by natural affection to recall his son, he was deterred from doing so by political and judicial considerations. And to overcome his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 14:19

Is the hand of Joab with thee in all this? The "not," inserted by the Authorized Version, must be omitted, as it alters the meaning. The king really was uncertain, and asked dubiously, whereas the Authorized Version admits only of an. affirmative answer. David had seen the general drift of the woman's meaning, but she had involved it in too much obscurity for him to do more than suspect that she was the mouthpiece of Joab, who was standing by, and whose face may have given signs of a more... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Samuel 14:18-19

2 Samuel 14:18-19. The king said, Hide not from me, &c. Observing the uncommon art and dexterity of her address in the management of this affair, the king immediately began to suspect it was a thing concerted between her and Joab, and asked, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? Hast thou not said and done all this by his direction? The woman said, None can turn, &c. That is, it is even so: thou hast discovered the truth: and I will not seek by any turnings or windings,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 14:1-33

David’s family troubles begin (13:1-14:33)The first of the foretold disgraces that fell on David’s family followed the same pattern as David’s own sin: sexual immorality followed by murder, with the murderer carefully plotting how to get rid of his victim.Amnon, David’s eldest son, tried to seduce his half-sister Tamar, but when Tamar resisted him he raped her (13:1-14). Cruelly, Amnon then drove Tamar away, and the young princess cried bitterly at the loss of her virginity in such... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 2 Samuel 14:19

hand = work, or handiwork. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), App-6 , for what is wrought by it. soul. Hebrew. nephesh. App-13 . none = no man. Hebrew. 'ish. App-14 . read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Samuel 14:1-20

Joab’s scheme to secure Absalom’s pardon 14:1-20Evidently Joab (David’s commander-in-chief and nephew by his half-sister, Zeruiah; 1 Chronicles 2:16) concluded that it would be politically better for David and Israel if David brought Absalom back to Jerusalem from Geshur (cf. 2 Samuel 14:7; 2 Samuel 14:13-15). Absalom was, of course, now David’s heir to the throne by custom, though Yahweh had designated Solomon to succeed his father. David had a great love for Absalom even though he was a... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 14:1-33

Absalom’s Return from GeshurAfter waiting for two years, Absalom forces Joab to use his influence to bring about a reconciliation between him and his father.2. Tekoah] 6 m. S. of Bethlehem. It was the home of the prophet Amos (Amos 1:1).7. We will destroy] She purposely makes the case appear as bad as possible. My coal] The word means a glowing piece of wood. The surviving son is compared to a spark left when the rest of the fire has gone out. The passage casts an interesting light on the... read more

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