2 Samuel 13* Ammon's violence to his sister. (1-20) Absalom murders hisbrother Ammon. (21-29) David's grief, Absalom flees to Geshur.(30-39)1-20 From henceforward David was followed with one troubleafter another. Adultery and murder were David's sins, the likesins among his children were the beginnings of his punishment:he was too indulgent to his children. Thus David might trace thesins of his children to his own misconduct, which must have madethe anguish of the chastisement worse. Let no one ever expectgood treatment from those who are capable of attempting theirseduction; but it is better to suffer the greatest wrong than tocommit the least sin. 21-29 Observe the aggravations of Absalom's sin: he would haveAmmon slain, when least fit to go out of the world. He engagedhis servants in the guilt. Those servants are ill-taught whoobey wicked masters, against God's commands. Indulged childrenalways prove crosses to godly parents, whose foolish love leadsthem to neglect their duty to God. 30-39 Jonadab was as guilty of Ammon's death, as of his sin;such false friends do they prove, who counsel us to do wickedly.Instead of loathing Absalom as a murderer, David, after a time,longed to go forth to him. This was David's infirmity: God sawsomething in his heart that made a difference, else we shouldhave thought that he, as much as Eli, honoured his sons morethan God.
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