18:1 And David a numbered the people that [were] with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.
(a) For certain of the Reubenites, Gadites, and
of the half tribe could not bear the insolence of the son against the father,
and therefore joined with David.
18:3 But the people
answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for
us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but b
now [thou art] worth ten thousand of us: therefore now [it is] better that thou
succour us out of the city.
(b) Signifying that a good governor is so dear to
his people that they would rather lose their lives than have anything happen
So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the c
wood of Ephraim;
(c) So called, because the Ephraimites (as some
say) fed their cattle beyond Jordan in this wood.
And Joab d blew the trumpet, and the
people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people.
(d) For he had pity on the people, who were
seduced by Absalom's flattery.
18:17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into
a great e pit in the wood, and laid a
very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent.
(e) Thus God turned his vain glory to shame.
18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken
and reared up for himself a pillar, which [is] in the king's dale: for he
said, I have no f son to keep my name in
remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto
this day, Absalom's place.
(f) It seemed that God had punished him by taking
away his children, (2 Samuel
18:20 And Joab said
unto him, Thou g shalt not bear tidings
this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear
no tidings, because the king's son is dead.
(g) For Joab bore a good affection to Ahimaaz and
doubted how David would take the report of Absalom's death.
And David sat between the two h gates:
and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up
his eyes, and looked, and behold a man running alone.
(h) He sat in the gate of the city of Mahanaim.
And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the
running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He [is] a i
good man, and cometh with good tidings.
(i) He had experienced his fidelity, (2 Samuel
18:29 And the king
said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the
king's k servant, and [me] thy
servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what [it was].
(k) That is, Cushi, who was an Ethiopian.
And the king was much l moved, and went
up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my
son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom,
my son, my son!
(l) Because he considers both the judgment of God
against his sin, and could not otherwise hide his fatherly affection for his