2 Samuel 4* Ishbosheth murdered. (1-7) David puts to death the murderers.(8-12)1-7 See how Ishbosheth was murdered! When those difficultiesdispirit us, which should sharpen our endeavours, we betray bothour heavenly crowns and our earthly lives. Love not sleep, lestthou come to poverty and ruin. The idle soul is an easy prey tothe destroyer. We know not when and where death will meet us.When we lie down to sleep, we are not sure that we may not sleepthe sleep of death before we awake; nor do we know from whathand the death-blow may come. 8-12 A person may be glad to obtain his just wishes, and yetreally regret the means by which he receives them. He may besorry for the death of a person by which he is a gainer. Thesemen shed innocent blood, from the basest motives. David justlyexecuted vengeance upon them. He would not be beholden to any tohelp him by unlawful practices. God had helped him over many adifficulty, and through many a danger, therefore he dependedupon him to crown and complete his own work. He speaks of hisredemption from all adversity, as a thing done; though he hadmany storms yet before him, he knew that He who had delivered,would deliver.
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