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John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible
2 Samuel 11

 

 

Verses 1-27


David and Bathsheba

This narrative is of the greatest value. It shows the faithfulness and the high morality of the historian, who relates, without a single attempt at palliation, this scandalous chapter in the great king's history. Further, the position of the prophet, even in these early days, as the 'conscience' of the individual or the nation, is clearly described. What Nathan is to David, Elijah (with equal courage) is to Ahab. In other nations, even in much later times, such an act if committed by a powerful king would have gone unnoticed or unblamed.

1. After the year was expired] RV 'at the return of the year,' i.e. in the spring. When kings go forth to battle] In ancient times hostilities ceased during the winter and began again in the spring. David tarried still at Jerusalem] He was not required to be present during the lengthy operations of the siege.

2. David arose from off his bed] He had been resting during the heat of the day.

6f. The subterfuges to which the sinner is compelled to stoop are described in pitiless detail.

8. A mess of meat from the king] This was regarded as a special mark of distinction. Cp. Genesis 43:34; 1 Samuel 9:23.

9. It would seem that Uriah's suspicions had been aroused.

11. The ark] This accidental mention of the ark suggests that it was no unusual occurrence for it to be taken to the field of battle.

15. The only resource left was murder.

21. Who smote Abimelech?] see Judges 9:53.

23. We were upon them] i.e. we opposed them.

 


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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 11:4". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcb/2-samuel-11.html. 1909.

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