2 Samuel 19* Joab causes David to cease mourning. (1-8) David returns toJordan. (9-15) He pardons Shimei. (16-23) Mephibosheth excused.(24-30) David's parting with Barzillai. (31-39) Israel quarrelswith Judah. (40-43)1-8 To continue to lament for so bad a son as Absalom, was veryunwise, and very unworthy. Joab censures David, but not withproper respect and deference to his sovereign. A plain case maybe fairly pleaded with those above us, and they may be reprovedfor what they do amiss, but it must not be with rudeness andinsolence. Yet David took the reproof and the counsel, prudentlyand mildly. Timely giving way, usually prevents the ill effectsof mistaken measures. 9-15 God's providence, by the priests' persuasions and Amasa'sinterest, brought the people to resolve the recall of the king.David stirred not till he received this invitation. Our LordJesus will rule in those that invite him to the throne in theirhearts, and not till he is invited. He first bows the heart, andmakes it willing in the day of his power, then rules in themidst of his enemies, #Ps 110:2,3|. 16-23 Those who now slight and abuse the Son of David, would beglad to make their peace when he shall come in his glory; but itwill be too late. Shimei lost no time. His abuse had beenpersonal, and with the usual right feeling of good men, Davidcould more easily forgive it. 24-30 David recalls the forfeiture of Mephibosheth's estate;and he expressed joy for the king's return. A good mancontentedly bears his own losses, while he sees Israel in peace,and the Son of David exalted. 31-39 Barzillai thought he had done himself honour in doing theking any service. Thus, when the saints shall be called toinherit the kingdom, they will be amazed at the recompence beingso very far beyond the service, #Mt 25:37|. A good man would notgo any where to be burdensome; or, will rather be so to his ownhouse than to another's. It is good for all, but especiallybecomes old people, to think and speak much of dying. The graveis ready for me, let me go and get ready for it. 40-43 The men of Israel though themselves despised, and thefiercer words of the men of Judah produced very bad effects.Much evil might be avoided, if men would watch against pride,and remember that a soft answer turneth away wrath. Though wehave right and reason on our side, if we speak it withfierceness, God is displeased.
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