Verses 3, 4 – Should our first response be to believe someone when they tell you something about someone else? Saul was Mephibosheth’s grandfather. Most likely Ziba was lying, hoping to receive a reward from David. David believed Ziba’s charge against Mephibosheth without checking into it or even being skeptical. Don’t be hasty to accept someone’s condemnation of another, especially when the accuser may profit from others downfall.
Verses 5-14 – Maintaining your composure in the face of unjustified criticism can be a trying experience and an emotional drain, but if you can’t stop criticism, it is best to ignore it. If you are in the right, God will vindicate you.
Verse 21 – By Absalom placing a tent on top of the house, all of Israel could see what he was doing. “In the sight of all Israel” fulfilled God’s word to David through the prophet Nathan (12:11).