Bible Commentaries

Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

2 Samuel 14

Verses 1-33

2 Samuel 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.

2 Samuel 14:25"no blemish in him" - Comments- Absalom was still bitter in his heart. Song of Solomon, there in the heart dwelt his blemish, a root of bitterness ( Matthew 15:18-20, John 7:24).

Matthew 15:18-20, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man:"

John 7:24, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

2 Samuel 14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year"s end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king"s weight.

2 Samuel 14:26"And when he polled his head" - Comments- The ASV reads, "And when he cut the hair of his head."

2 Samuel 14:26"he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king"s weight" - Comments- Anderson says two hundred shekels equals about four pounds. 62]

62] A. A. Anderson, 2Samuel, in Word Biblical Commentary: 58 Volumes on CD- Romans, vol 11, eds. Bruce M. Metzger, David A. Hubbard and Glenn W. Barker (Dallas: Word Inc, 2002), in Libronix Digital Library System, v 21c [CD-ROM] (Bellingham, WA: Libronix Corp, 2000-2004), comments on 2Samuel .

2 Samuel 14:26Comments- The author uses these comments of Absalom's beautiful hair in 2 Samuel 14:26 as a way to foreshadow the irony of his hair bringing him to his death ( 2 Samuel 18:9-18).

2 Samuel 14:27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

2 Samuel 14:27"and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance" - Comments- Absalom named his daughter after his sister. We see this as evidence that Absalom had not forgotten nor forgiven Ammon. We can learn from this story that although we thing vengeance will satisfy us, it only allows us continue in bitterness. So vengeance is not the cure for being wronged. Jesus spoke of the cure in Matthew 5:43-44 we are not to render good to those who do evil towards us. In doing this we overcome any root of bitterness. This is how David reacted to Saul's evil treatment of him. At Saul's death, David only spoke well of Saul (See 2 Samuel 1:17-27).

Matthew 5:43-44, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

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