14:1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's a heart [was] toward Absalom.
(a) That the king favoured him.
14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a
wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and
put on now mourning apparel, and b
anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for
(b) In token of mourning: for they used anointing
to seem cheerful.
And thy handmaid had two c sons, and
they two strove together in the field, and [there was] none to part them, but
the one smote the other, and slew him.
(c) Under this parable she describes the death of
Amnon by Absalom.
14:7 And, behold, the whole family is risen
against thine handmaid, and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that
we may kill him, for the d life of his
brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall
quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband [neither] name
nor remainder upon the earth.
(d) Because he has slain his brother he ought to
be slain according to the law, (Genesis
14:9 And the woman of
Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the e
iniquity [be] on me, and on my father's house: and the king and his throne
(e) Concerning the breach of the Law which
punishes blood, let me bear the blame.
14:11 Then said she,
I pray thee, let the king f remember the
LORD thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy
any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, [As] the LORD liveth, there
shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.
(f) Swear that they will not revenge the blood,
which are many in number.
14:13 And the woman
said, Wherefore then hast thou g thought
such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing as
one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished.
(g) Why do you give contrary sentence to your son
14:14 For we must needs die, and [are] as
water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God
respect [any] person: yet doth he devise h
means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
(h) God has often provided ways (as sanctuaries)
to save them, whom man judges worthy of death.
14:15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of
this thing unto my lord the king, [it is] because the people i
have made me afraid: and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it
may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid.
(i) For I thought they would kill my son.
14:17 Then thine
handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an k
angel of God, so [is] my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the
LORD thy God will be with thee.
(k) Is of great wisdom to discern right from
14:19 And the king
said, [Is not] l the hand of Joab with
thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, [As] thy soul liveth, my lord
the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord
the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these
words in the mouth of thine handmaid:
(l) Have you not done this by the counsel of Joab.
14:20 To fetch about this m
form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord [is] wise,
according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all [things] that [are] in
(m) By speaking further in a parable than
14:21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now,
I have n done this thing: go therefore,
bring the young man Absalom again.
(n) I have granted your request.
And the king said, Let him o turn to his
own house, and let him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house,
and saw not the king's face.
(o) Covering by this his affection, and showing
some part of justice to please the people.
14:26 And when he
polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled [it]: because
[the hair] was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his
head at two hundred p shekels after the
(p) Which weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces after half an
ounce the shekel.
Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and he
hath barley there; go and set it q on
fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.
(q) The wicked are impatient in their affections,
and spare no unlawful means to accomplish them.
14:32 And Absalom
answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send
thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? [it had been] good
for me [to have been] there still: now therefore let me see the king's face;
and r if there be [any] iniquity in me,
let him kill me.
(r) If I have offended by revenging my sister's
dishonour: thus the wicked justify themselves in their evil.