2 Samuel 10* David's messengers ill-treated by Hanun. (1-5) The Ammonitesdefeated. (6-14) The Syrians defeated. (15-19)1-5 Nahash had been an enemy to Israel, yet had showed kindnessto David. David therefore resolves gratefully to return it. If aPharisee gives alms in pride, though God will not reward it, yethe that receives the alms ought to return thanks for it. Thosewho bear ill-will to their neighbours, are resolved not tobelieve that their neighbours bear any good-will to them. Thereis nothing so well meant, but it may be ill interpreted, and iswont to be so, by men who love nobody but themselves. The bestmen must not think it strange if they are thus misrepresented.Charity thinketh no evil. According to the usages of those daysand countries, Hanun treated David's ambassadors in the mostcontemptuous manner. David showed much concern for his servants.Let us learn not to lay unjust reproaches to heart; they willwear off, and turn only to the shame of those who utter or dothem; while the reputation wrongfully hurt in a little timegrows again, as these beards did. God will bring forth thyrighteousness as the light, therefore wait patiently for him,#Ps 37:6,7|. 6-14 They that are at war with the Son of David, not only givethe provocation, but begin the war. God has forces to sendagainst those that set his wrath at defiance, #Isa 5:19|, whichwill convince them that none ever hardened his heart againstGod, and prospered. Christ's soldiers should strengthen oneanother's hands in their spiritual warfare. Let nothing bewanting in us, whatever the success be. When we make conscienceof doing our duty, we may, with satisfaction, leave the eventwith God, assuredly hoping for his salvation in his own way andtime. 15-19 Here is a new attempt of the Syrians. Even the baffledcause will make head as long as there is any life in it; theenemies of the Son of David do so. But now the promise made toAbraham, #Ge 15:18|, and repeated to Joshua, #Jos 1:4|, that theborders of Israel should extend to the river Euphrates, wasperformed. Learn hence, that it is dangerous to help those whohave God against them; for when they fall, their helpers willfall with them.
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