2 Samuel 17* Ahithophel's counsel overthrown. (1-21) He hangs himself,Absalom pursues David. (22-29)1-21 Here was a wonderful effect of Divine Providence blindingAbsalom's mind and influencing his heart, that he could not restin Ahithophel's counsel, and that he should desire Hushai'sadvice. But there is no contending with that God who can arm aman against himself, and destroy him by his own mistakes andpassions. Ahithophel's former counsel was followed, for Godintended to correct David; but his latter counsel was notfollowed, for God meant not to destroy him. He can overrule allcounsels. Whatever wisdom or help any man employs or affords,the success is from God alone, who will not let his peopleperish. 22-29 Ahithophel hanged himself for vexation that his counselwas not followed. That will break a proud man's heart which willnot break a humble man's sleep. He thought himself in danger,concluding, that, because his counsel was not followed,Absalom's cause would fail; and to prevent a possible publicexecution, he does justice upon himself. Thus the breath isstopped, and the head laid low, from which nothing could beexpected but mischief. Absalom chased his father. But observehow God sometimes makes up to his people that comfort fromstrangers, which they are disappointed of in their own families.Our King needs not our help; but he assures us, that what we dofor the least of his brethren, who are sick, poor, anddestitute, shall be accepted and recompensed as if done tohimself
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