4:1 And when Saul's a son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were b feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
(a) That is, Ishbosheth.
(b) Meaning, that he was discouraged.
4:2 And Saul's son had two men [that were]
captains of bands: the name of the one [was] Baanah, and the name of the other
Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for c
Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:
(c) This city Beeroth was in the tribe of
4:3 And the Beerothites fled to d
Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.)
(d) After the death of Saul, for fear of the
And they came thither into the midst of the house, [as though] they e
would have fetched wheat; and they f
smote him under the fifth [rib]: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
(e) They disguised themselves as merchants, who
came to buy wheat.
(f) There is nothing so vile and dangerous, which
the wicked will not undertake in hope of money and favour.
How g much more, when wicked men have
slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore
now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?
(g) In that neither the example of him that slew
Saul, nor duty to their master, nor the innocency of the person, nor reverence
for the place, nor time moved them, they deserved most grievous punishment.