13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.
13 And if I had put my life in jeopardy
13 On the other hand, if I had dealt treacherously against his life
13 Why, I'd be risking my life, for nothing is hidden from the king. And you would have just stood there!"
13 Otherwise I would have dealt falsely against my own life. For there is nothing hidden from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me."
13 And if I had betrayed the king by killing his son-and the king would certainly find out who did it-you yourself would be the first to abandon me."
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:13
Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:9-18
(Read 2 Samuel 18:9-18)
Let young people look upon Absalom, hanging on a tree, accursed, forsaken of heaven and earth; there let them read the Lord's abhorrence of rebellion against parents. Nothing can preserve men from misery and contempt, but heavenly wisdom and the grace of God.