23 So the king said to Shimei, "You shall not die." And the king promised him on oath.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Samuel 19:23

Commentary on 2 Samuel 19:16-23

(Read 2 Samuel 19:16-23)

Those who now slight and abuse the Son of David, would be glad to make their peace when he shall come in his glory; but it will be too late. Shimei lost no time. His abuse had been personal, and with the usual right feeling of good men, David could more easily forgive it.