17:1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, a Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:
(a) The wicked are so greedy to execute their
malice, that they leave no opportunity that may further the same.
17:3 And I will bring
back all the people unto thee: b the man
whom thou seekest [is] as if all returned: [so] all the people shall be in
(b) Meaning David.
And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given [is] not c
good at this time.
(c) Hushai shows himself faithful to David, in
that he reproves this wicked counsel and purpose.
And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite
[is] better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat
the d good counsel of Ahithophel, to the
intent that the LORD might e bring evil
(d) That counsel which seemed good at first to
Absalom, (2 Samuel
(e) For by the counsel of Hushai, he went to the
battle, where he was destroyed.
17:16 Now therefore
send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the
wilderness, but speedily pass f over;
lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that [are] with him.
(f) That is, over Jordan.
17:17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by
Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and
told g them; and they went and told king
(g) Meaning, the message from their fathers.
17:19 And h
the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground
corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
(h) Thus God sends help to his, in their greatest
17:20 And when Absalom's servants came to
the woman to the house, they said, Where [is] Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the
woman said unto them, They be gone over the i
brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find [them], they
returned to Jerusalem.
(i) The Chaldee text reads: Now they have passed
17:21 And it came to pass, after they were
departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and
said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for k
thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.
(k) That is, to pursue you with all haste.
17:22 Then David arose, and all the people
that [were] with him, and they passed over Jordan: l
by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.
(l) They travelled all night, and by morning had
all their company passed over.
17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel
was not followed, he saddled [his] ass, and arose, and gat him home to his
house, to his city, and put his household in order, and m
hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
(m) God's just vengeance even in this life is
poured on them who are enemies, traitors, or persecutors of his Church.
17:25 And Absalom
made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa [was] a man's son,
whose name [was] Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of n
Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother.
(n) Who was also called Jesse, David's father.
o Brought beds, and basons, and earthen
vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched [corn], and beans, and
lentiles, and parched [pulse],
(o) God shows himself most liberal to his, when
they seem to be utterly destitute.