2 Samuel 1** This book is the history of the reign of king David. Itrelates his victories, the growth of the prosperity of Israel,and his reformation of the state of religion. With these eventsare recorded the grievous sins he committed, and the family aswell as public troubles with which he was punished. We here meetwith many things worthy of imitation, and many that are writtenfor our warning. The history of king David is given in Scripturewith much faithfulness, and from it he appears, to those whofairly balance his many virtues and excellent qualities againsthis faults, to have been a great and good man. * Tidings brought to David of the death of Saul. (1-10) TheAmalekite is put to death. (11-16) David's lamentation for Sauland Jonathan. (17-27)1-10 The blow which opened David's way to the throne was givenabout the time he had been sorely distressed. Those who committheir concerns to the Lord, will quietly abide his will. Itshows that he desired not Saul's death, and he was not impatientto come to the throne. 11-16 David was sincere in his mourning for Saul; and all withhim humbled themselves under the hand of God, laid so heavilyupon Israel by this defeat. The man who brought the tidings,David put to death, as a murderer of his prince. David hereindid not do unjustly; the Amalekite confessed the crime. If hedid as he said, he deserved to die for treason; and his lying toDavid, if indeed it were a lie, proved, as sooner or later thatsin will prove, lying against himself. Hereby David showedhimself zealous for public justice, without regard to his ownprivate interest. 17-27 Kasheth, or "the bow," probably was the title of thismournful, funeral song. David does not commend Saul for what hewas not; and says nothing of his piety or goodness. Jonathan wasa dutiful son, Saul an affectionate father, therefore dear toeach other. David had reason to say, that Jonathan's love to himwas wonderful. Next to the love between Christ and his people,that affection which springs form it, produces the strongestfriendship. The trouble of the Lord's people, and triumphs ofhis enemies, will always grieve true believers, whateveradvantages they may obtain by them.
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