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18:5 And the king.(David).commanded
and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man,
even with Absalom.(Absalom
was David's son). And all the people heard when the
king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.
18:6 So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the
battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
18:7,8 Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of
David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand
men. For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country
and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured..(Barnes
them and was perhaps full of pits, precipices
sometimes the woods hold many dangers, including also wild beasts, especially
if one is not familiar with forests, etc.)
18:9,10 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon
a mule and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak and his
head caught hold of the oak and he was taken up between the heaven and
the earth and the mule that was under him went away. And a certain man
saw it and told Joab and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.
18:11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, you saw
him and why did you not smite him there to the ground?.(Absalom
was out to take
the kingdom away from his father David; Joab
to David until David was old).and
I would have given you ten shekels
of silver and a girdle.
18:12,13 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand
shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against
the king's son, for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and
Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom. 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
18:14,15 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee.(I'm
not going to stand here and listen to this). And he.(Joab).took
three darts in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while
he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. And ten young men that bare Joab's
armour compassed about and smote Absalom and slew him.
18:16,17 And Joab blew the trumpet and the people returned from pursuing
after Israel, for Joab held back the people. And they took Absalom and
cast him into a great pit in the wood and laid a very great heap of stones
upon him and all Israel fled every one to his tent.
18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself
a pillar, which is in the king's dale.(a
valley), for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance
and he called the pillar after his own name and it is called unto this
day, Absalom's place.
18:19,20 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run and bear
the king tidings, how that the LORD has avenged him of his enemies. And
Joab said unto him, You shall not bear tidings this day, but you shalt
bear tidings another day, but this day you shall bear no tidings, because
the king's son is dead.
18:21-28 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what you have seen.
And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab and ran. Then said Ahimaaz the son of
Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray you, also run after
Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt you run, my son, seeing that you have
no tidings ready? But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto
him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain and overran Cushi. And
David sat between the two gates and the watchman went up to the roof over
gate unto the wall and lifted up his eyes and looked and behold a man running
alone. And the watchman cried and told the king. And the king said, If
he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace and drew
near. And the watchman saw another man running and the watchman called
unto the porter and said, Behold another man running alone. And the king
said, He also brings tidings. And the watchman said, I think the running
of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the
king said, He is a good man and comes with good tidings. And Ahimaaz called
and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon
his face before the king and said, Blessed be the LORD your God which has
delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.
18:29-33 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz
answered, When Joab sent the king's servant and me your servant, I saw
a great tumult, but I knew not what it was. And the king said unto him,
Turn aside and stand here. And he turned aside and stood still. And, behold,
Cushi came and said, Tidings, my lord the king, for the LORD has avenged
you this day of all them that rose up against you.(which
David's son Absalom
had done). And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man
Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king and all
that rise against you to do you hurt, be as that young man is. And the
king was much moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept.
And as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom!
Would God I had died for you, O Absalom, my son, my son!