2 Samuel 4

1 The Israelites being troubled at the death of Abner,

2 Baanah and Rechab slay Ish-bosheth, and bring his head to Hebron.

9 David causes them to be slain, and Ish-bosheth's head to be buried.

his hands.

17:2; Ezr 4:4; Ne 6:9; Isa 13:7; 35:3; Jer 6:24; 50:43; Zep 3:16

and all.

Mt 2:2,3


3:22; 2Ki 5:2; 6:23

other. Heb. second. Beeroth.

Jos 9:17; 18:25

1Sa 31:7; Ne 11:33



when the tidings.

1Sa 29:1,11; 31:1-10


1Ch 8:34; 9:40



2Ch 24:25; 25:27; 33:24

lay on a bed.It is customary, in all hot countries, to travel or work very early and very late, and to rest at noon, at which time the heat most prevails.

11:2; 1Ki 16:9; Pr 24:33,34; 1Th 5:3-7

as though.It is still the custom of the East, according to Dr. Perry, to allow the soldiers a certain quantity of corn, with other articles of provision, together with some pay: and as it was the custom also to grind the corn, as needed, at the break of day, these two captains very naturally went the day before to the palace, where the king's stores appear to have been kept, to fetch wheat, in order to distribute it to the soldiers under them, to be ground at the accustomed hour in the morning. The princes of the East, in those days, as appears from the history of David, reposed on their couches till the cool of the evening: they therefore came in the heat of the day, when they knew their master would be resting on his bed; and as it was a necessary to have the corn before it was needed, their coming at this time, though it might be earlier than usual, excited no suspicion.


2:23; 3:27; 20:10

took his head.

1Sa 17:54; 31:9; 2Ki 10:6,7; Mt 14:11; Mr 6:28,29When those difficulties dispirit us which should rather invigorate us and sharpen our endeavours, we betray a carelessness of character which is soon taken advantage of by our more watchful neighbours. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty and ruin. The idle soul is an easy prey to the destroyer.


1Sa 18:11; 19:2-11,15; 20:1; 23:15; 25:29; Ps 63:9,10; 71:24

Mt 2:20

the Lord.

18:19,31; 22:48; Lu 18:7,8; Re 6:10; 18:20

who hath.

Ge 48:16; 1Ki 1:29; Ps 31:5-7; 34:6,7,17,22; 71:23; 103:4; 106:10

Ps 107:2; 2Ti 4:17,18



thinking, etc. Heb. he was in his own eyes, as a bringer,etc. who thought, etc. or, which was the reward I gave him for his tidings.

when wicked.

1Ki 2:32; Pr 25:26; Hab 1:4,12; 1Jo 3:12


3:27,39; Ge 9:5,6; Ex 21:12; Nu 35:31-34; Ps 9:12


Ge 4:11; 6:13; 7:23; Ex 9:15; Ps 109:15; Pr 2:22; Jer 10:11

slew them.

1:15; Ps 55:23; Mt 7:2


21:9; De 21:22,23

in the sepulchre.

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