2 Samuel – Chapter 17

2 Samuel chapter 17

Verse 3 – Ahithophel thought if David could be killed quickly, all the people would accept Absalom’s kingship.
Verse 6 – Hushai had to convince Absalom to delay in pressing the attack against David.
Verse 11 – Hushai flattered Absalom and it became his own trap. Hushai predicted great glory for Absalom if he personally led the entire army against David. “Pride goes before destruction” (Proverbs 16:18) is an appropriate comment on Absalom’s ambitions. Hushai’s proposal was much more extensive and time consuming, giving David, and his forces time to regroup.
Verse 14 – The Lord guided the fateful discussion to answer David’s prayer (15:31).
Verse 15 – Now that he knew Absalom’s strategy, Hushai moved quickly to relay the information to Zadok and Abiathar (15:27-29).
Verse 19 – The woman scattered grain to make it look like the cover had not been recently disturbed.
Verse 23 – Ahithophel knew that since his advice had not been followed, David would regain the throne. In addition, when David was reestablished, Ahithophel would be considered a traitor. Thus, he committed suicide.
Verse 25 – Joab and Amasa were David’s nephews and Absalom’s cousins. Because Joab had left Jerusalem with David (see 18:5), Amasa took his place as commander of Israel’s troops.
Verse 27 – Machir had cared for Mephibosheth before David brought Mephibosheth to his palace (9:4).
Verse 28, 29 – These provisions restored the bodies and spirits of the kings group. These provisions came from other people that the Lord directed. The Lord through other people sends your blessings and provisions.

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