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Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - 2 Samuel 17:1-14

Tripped by Flattering Counsel 2 Samuel 17:1-14 What a contrast to the plottings of David’s foes was his own state of mind, as disclosed in Psalms 3:1-8 ; Psalms 4:1-8 , written at this time! At Jerusalem they were taking counsel against him. Ahithophel describes the deposed king as weary and weak-handed, and shows how easily he may be smitten. Hushai pictures him as chafed and savage. The messengers are hastened on their way, lest he should be swallowed up. But David betakes himself to God.... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - 2 Samuel 17:1-29

Ahithophel counseled immediate war-like activity. As David had not gone far, and could not have gathered round him any large number of men, let a company be sent to capture him, and that immediately. Judging from the human standpoint, had Absalom followed this advice, his rebellion might have been successful. But it is never safe to judge from the human standpoint, or to reckon without God. Absalom turned to Hushai, who counseled delay and gathering a large army. Hushai's counsel was intended... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 17:1-14

Hushai The Archite Counters The Advice Of Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:1-14 ). We are now to learn the wisdom of David, and of YHWH (2 Samuel 17:14), in sending Hushai the Archite to combat and counter the wisdom of Ahithophel. Ahithophel’s advice might be almost parallel to that of the oracle of God, but YHWH’s wisdom was seen to be even greater, with the result that He overturned the counsel of Ahithophel. Ahithophel’s advice was that he himself should immediately gather a fairly small but... read more

Arthur Peake

Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 17:1-14

2 Samuel 17:1-2 Chronicles : . Ahithophel advises the instant pursuit and capture of David. “ I,” he says, “ will bring back all the people unto thee, as a bride returns to her husband; thou seekest the life of only one man, there shall be peace for all the people” ; read 2 Samuel 17:3 thus with LXX. Hushai advised delay, till an overwhelming force could be gathered which would overcome any possible resistance. Yahweh makes Absalom follow Hushai’ s counsel, to his own ruin. read more

Matthew Poole

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible - 2 Samuel 17:11

His pretence was, that they might have a far greater army, and make sure though slow work; his design was to gain David more time, that he might increase his army, and make better provisions for the battle; and that the present heat of the people might be cooled, and they might at last bethink themselves of their duty to David, and return to their former allegiance. That thou go to battle in thine own person; for thy presence will put more life and courage into all thy soldiers, who will be... read more

Joseph Exell

Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary - 2 Samuel 17:1-24

CRITICAL AND EXPOSITORY NOTES. 2 Samuel 17:1. “This night,” “The night following David’s flight and Absalom’s entrance into Jerusalem, as we may see very clearly from 2 Samuel 17:16.” (Keil)2 Samuel 17:3. “Bring back.” “Ahithophel regards Absalom’s government as the only lawful one to which those fugitives must submit; their flight is in his eyes an act of insubordination, from which they are to be brought back.”—(Erdmann and others). “The man whom thou seekest,” etc. This is a very obscure... read more

Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 17:1-29

Last week we left David in very sad shape. His son Absalom had rebelled against him, had gone down to Hebron and had gathered Israel to his support, who he had gradually been enticing away from his father. When he felt that he had enough strength, he announced his kingdom, and began moving with his troops towards Jerusalem.David, rather than having a direct confrontation with his son Absalom, began to flee from Jerusalem with a great company of people with him. Leaving the city of Jerusalem,... read more

Joseph Sutcliffe

Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments - 2 Samuel 17:1-29

2 Samuel 17:17 . En-rogel was near Jerusalem. Joshua 15:7-8. 2 Samuel 17:21 . Thus hath Ahithophel counselled. This disclosure of Absalom’s plans saved David from being surprised, and drove him across the Jordan, where he received strength in Gilead, and supplies from Shobi, viceroy of the Ammonites. In this case wisdom was more than might. The royal person is safer to be surrounded with pious men, than with an assembly of atheists. 2 Samuel 17:25 . Amasa, whose mother was David’s... read more

Joseph Exell

The Biblical Illustrator - 2 Samuel 17:7-23

2 Samuel 17:7-23And Hushai said unto Absalom. Hushai’s advice preferredThe wisest man in the world is not wise at all times: though Achitophel commonly gives successful counsel, yet, with his good leave, he hath missed the mark at this time, and in this case.I. Hushai’s grand design was first to invalidate the perilous counsel Achitophel had given, before he gave his own opinion he hereupon discovers the danger of Achitophel’s advice from three topics.1. The first is taken from the valour of... read more

John Trapp

John Trapp Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 17:11

2Sa 17:11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that [is] by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person. Ver. 11. Therefore I counsel that all Israel, &c. ] This was crafty counsel, well fitted to Absalom’s ambitious humour: viz., that he should raise so great an army as was possible, and then have the heading and leading of them himself, that the honour of the victory might be ascribed to... read more

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