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

2 Samuel 18

Verses 1-33

2 Samuel 18:9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.

2 Samuel 18:9"and his head caught hold of the oak" - Comments- The KJV follows the literally reading of the Hebrew text in this instance. Because of the nature of this unusual incident, some scholars suggest that Absalom's long hair must have played a role in causing his head to become so entangled in a tree limb. Could his hair be so strong as to hold him in this predicament? John von Radowitz, writing a magazine article about hair, says that "hair is surprisingly strong - as strong as a strand of iron wire the same thickness. A lock of 100 hairs can withstand a weight of 10 kilograms and, theoretically, a head containing 120,000 hairs and a super-glued scalp could cope with 12tonnes." 65] I remember when my wife was blow drying her hair with a round brush and entangled her hair in the back of her head in a way that she could not get the brush out. I had to come and carefully untangle it almost strand by strand.

65] John von Radowitz, "Getting to the Root of Hair Loss," in Open Skies - The Inflight Magazine of Emirates, editor-in-chief, Obald Humaid Al Tayer, issue 195 - June 204, Dubai, U.A.E.: Motivate Publishing.

2 Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my Song of Solomon, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my Song of Solomon, my son!

2 Samuel 18:33Comments- We see this same sorrow and desire in the heart of the apostle Paul for his countrymen ( Romans 9:1-3). Jesus actually died for us out of His great love ( Galatians 3:13).

Romans 9:1-3, "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:"

Galatians 3:13, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:"

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