Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 10:17

Now when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Arameans arrayed themselves to meet David and fought against him.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Hadadezer;   Helam;   Zobah;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Syria;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Joab;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Hadadezer;   Joab;   Nahash;   Shobach;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Edom;   Helam;   Jordan;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ammonites;   Disciples;   Hadad-Ezer;   Helam;   Rivers and Waterways in the Bible;   Samuel, Books of;   Syria;   Zoba(h);   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abishai;   Ammon, Ammonites;   Euphrates;   Helam;   Joab;   Jordan;   Maacah;   Shobach;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Helam ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hanun;   Jordan;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Da'vid;   He'lam;   Jor'dan;   Sho'bach;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ford;   Joab;   Zobah;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Hadadezer;   Helam;   Shobach;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

David - gathered all Israel together - He thought that such a war required his own presence.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-10.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And when it was told David,.... What preparations the Syrians were making to fight him, and where they were:

he gathered all Israel together; all the fighting men in the country:

and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam: which, according to BuntingF2Travels, &c. p. 140,141. , was twenty miles from Jerusalem. David seems to have gone himself in person to this war:

and the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him; they formed themselves in a line of battle, and attacked him first, being eager to fight, and perhaps confident of victory, because of their numbers.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-10.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And when it was told David, he gathered f all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.

(f) Meaning, the greatest part.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-10.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 10:17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.

Ver. 17. He gathered all Israel together.] The best of all, and fittest for his purpose; leading them forth himself. See 2 Samuel 8:6. This put life into his soldiers, as Queen Elizabeth also did by her personal presence at Tilbury Camp; and as the thrice valiant King of Sweden did.

And fought with him.] Very desperately, no doubt; for they had no hope of having quarter, since they had before this rebelled and joined with the Ammonites, to make war against him.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-10.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

All Israel, i.e. the chosen and valiant men picked out of all Israel.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-10.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Helam. Ptolemy mentions Alamata, on the Euphrates. But perhaps we ought to read the Hebrew Lehem, "he came upon them." See 1 Paralipomenon xix. 17. Some translate, "he came to their army."

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-10.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-10.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-10.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.
he gathered
1 Chronicles 19:17
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-10.html.