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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 15:31-37

Nothing, it seems, appeared to David more threatening in Absalom's plot than that Ahithophel was in it; for one good head, in such a design, is worth a thousand good hands. Absalom was himself no politician, but he had got one entirely in his interest that was, and would be the more dangerous because he had been all along acquainted with David's counsels and affairs; if therefore he can be baffled, Absalom is as good as routed and the head of the conspiracy cut off. This David endeavours to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 15:32

And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount ,.... Of the mount of Olives: where he worshipped God ; by prayer and praise; here very probably he composed and sung the third psalm Psalm 3:1 , which, as the title shows, was made when he fled from Absalom: behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him, with his coat rent, and earth upon his head ; in token of mourning, and as a bringer of bad tidings, see 2 Samuel 1:2 ; perhaps he was an inhabitant of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 15:32

Where he worshipped God - Though in danger of his life, he stops on the top of Mount Olivet for prayer! How true is the adage, Prayer and provender never hinder any man's journey! Reader, dost thou do likewise? Hushai the Archite - He was the particular friend of David, and was now greatly affected by his calamity. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 15:31-37

Prayer for Divine intervention. The facts are: 1 . David, hearing that Ahithophel was among the conspirators, prays that God would turn his counsel into foolishness. 2 . On reaching the top of the Mount of Olives, the aged Hushai expresses his desire to go with David into exile, but David declines his offer on account of his infirmities. 3 . On the other hand, David suggests that he can render him good service by returning to the city and living as a servant of Absalom, and he... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 15:32

Where he worshipped God; more correctly, where God was worshipped, and so the Revised Version. The summit of the Mount of Olives was one of the many bamoth, or high places, situated on the top of hills, where, in the old Canaanitish time, men had worshipped their heathenish deities. They were still regarded as consecrated places, but the worship had now been transferred to Elohim, the true God. They continued to be hallowed spots, with Levitical priests to minister at them, until the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 15:32

The place of worship. "The top of the mount where God was worshipped" (Revised Version). This "top of the mount" is one of the most sacred spots in the world—the universe. For here the Son of God wept over Jerusalem, which lay full in view at his feet, as he thought of its coming destruction, and declared the cause of it ( Luke 19:41 ). In David's time there appears to have been a "high place" there, where men were accustomed to worship God. It seems strange that so near to the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 15:32-37

( THE TOP OF MOUNT OLIVET .) The friendship of Hushai. ( References: Joshua 16:2 ; 2 Samuel 16:16-19 ; 2 Samuel 17:5-15 ; 1 Chronicles 27:33 ; 1 Kings 4:16 .) Like Uriah and Ittai, he may have been of Gentile origin and a proselyte; was far advanced in life ( 2 Samuel 15:33 ), "the king's friend" or confidential adviser, and doubtless, in disposition, more congenial with David than the cool and calculating Ahithophel. "In him David saw the first gleam of hope. For... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Samuel 15:32

Render ... “when David was come to the top of the mount where people worship God.” The top here, and in 2 Samuel 16:1, is used almost as a proper name. No doubt there was a high-place upon the top of the Mount of Olives. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Samuel 15:32

2 Samuel 15:32. The top of the mount, where he worshipped Looking, doubtless, toward Jerusalem, where the ark and tabernacle, which he had made for it, were. Hushai, the Archite came to meet him Probably he was from Archi, a city in the tribe of Ephraim, (see Joshua 16:2,) and coming to Jerusalem, was made one of David’s privy council because of his wisdom; otherwise, it is not likely that Absalom would so readily have entertained him, and admitted him to his secrets. The coming of Hushai... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 15:1-37

Absalom’s rebellion (15:1-37)By cunning and deceit over the next few years, Absalom strengthened his position and gathered himself a following, mainly among the people of Judah’s country regions. He encouraged a feeling of dissatisfaction with David’s administration and promised a better deal for the common people if he were in a position of authority (15:1-6).Clearly, Absalom was plotting to seize the throne. It appears that he relied for the success of his rebellion upon the personal support... read more

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