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

2 Samuel 16

Verses 1-23

2 Samuel 16:21-22Comments - Absalom Goes in to David's Concubines- The act of sleeping with the king's concubines by Absalom was in fulfilment of Nathan"s prophecy given to King David earlier ( 2 Samuel 12:11-12). When a kingdom is handed over to a new king, his concubines are a part of the king"s possession that is handed over. Therefore, Absalom wanted all of Israel to see this act of possessing the kingdom.

2 Samuel 12:11-12, "Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun."

In the same respect, it was common for a harem of wives and concubines to become the possession of a conquering king ( 2 Kings 24:15).

2 Kings 24:15, "And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king"s mother, and the king"s wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon."

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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 16". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.