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2 Samuel 13:29

The servants of Absalom did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose and each mounted his mule and fled.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Absalom;   Assassination;   Fratricide;   Homicide;   Mule;   Rape;   Revenge;   Servant;   Tamar;   Wine;   Thompson Chain Reference - Absalom;   Animals;   Mules;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Beasts;   Mule, the;   Murder;   Revenge;   Servants;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Amnon;   Mule;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - David;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Family Life and Relations;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Amnon;   Mule;   Tamar;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Laban (2);   Mule;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Samuel, Books of;   Tamar;   Transportation and Travel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Mule;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Travel (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Amnon ;   Mule;   Tamar ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   Amnon;   David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Am'non;   Mephib'osheth;   Ta'mar;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Mule;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Crime;   Mule;   Samuel, Books of;   Sheep;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ass;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Absalom;   Mule;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Upon his mule - So in 1 Kings 1:33, 1 Kings 1:38 the mule is the royal animal on which David himself rides. In 2 Samuel 18:9 Absalom rides upon a mule.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-13.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded,.... They smote him, and killed him, when he gave the word:

then all the king's sons arose; from the feast, imagining they were all designed to be slain:

and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled; creatures much used in Judea instead of horses, which, though they might not be bred, might be usedF15Vid. Misn. Celaim, c. 8. sect. 1. .

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-13.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

every man gat him up upon his mule — This had become the favorite equipage of the great. King David himself had a state mule (1 Kings 1:33). The Syrian mules are, in activity, strength, and capabilities, still far superior to ours.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-samuel-13.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

Commanded — Now the threatened sword is drawn in David's house, which will not depart from it. His eldest son falls by it, thro' his own wickedness, and his father by his connivance is accessory to it.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-samuel-13.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 13:29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

Ver. 29. And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon, &c.] So bitter is the end of sinful pleasures. Cavete a Melampygo. Amnon died in his sin, which is worse than to die in a ditch. Be not wicked too much: why shouldst thou die before thy time, [Ecclesiastes 7:17] i.e., when it were better to do anything than die? Luther, when he heard of a horrid murder, fetched a deep sigh, and said Heu quam furit Satan et impellit homines securos ad horrenda flagitia quae corpus et animam perdunt! Oh, how doth Satan rage, and drive secure people into flagitious practices, that destroy body and soul together!

And every man gat him upon his mule, and fled.] Fled for his life: as fearing haply lest themselves also should be in like manner massacred: as the sons of the great Turk are, that the elder brother may not have a co-rival in the kingdom.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-13.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Mules were in use amongst the Israelites. See 1 Kings 1:33. For though they might not promote such mixed kinds of procreation, Leviticus 19:19, yet they might use creatures so engendered.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-13.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

29.All the king’s sons arose — In greatest terror and alarm, not knowing the designed extent of this foul play.

Mule — This is the first mention of mules in Scripture, for ימים, translated mules in Genesis 36:24, undoubtedly means warm springs, as the Vulgate there renders it. The law prohibited the Hebrews to “gender cattle with a diverse kind,” (Leviticus 19:19,) and so they probably first came into possession of mules by importation. Compare Ezekiel 27:14. It seems from Scripture notices of these animals that only kings and great men used them.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-13.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Mule. This is the first time we find these animals used to ride on. The judges had fair asses. These mules were not the offspring of horses and asses. They bear young in Syria, (Aristotle, anim. vi. 24.) and are little inferior to horses in size, though they are shaped like our mules. (Aristotle, anim. xxxvi.)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-13.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

as = according as.

mule. First occurrence. Not Genesis 36:24. See note there.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-13.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

Every man gat him up upon his mule. This had become the favorite equipage of the great. King David himself had a state mule (1 Kings 1:33). The Syrian mules are, in activity, strength, and capabilities, still far superior to ours.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(29) As Absalom had commanded.—It was quite customary for the servants of a prince to obey his orders without question, leaving the entire responsibility to rest with him. In this case, if Chileab (or Daniel) was already dead, as seems probable, Absalom stood next in the succession to Amnon, and, however it may have been with himself, his retainers may have looked upon this as a preparatory step towards the throne. The blow was too sudden and unexpected to allow of interference by the other princes.

Upon his mule.—Although David had reserved a number of horses from the spoil of his Syrian victories (2 Samuel 8:4), the mule was still ridden by persons of distinction (2 Samuel 18:9; 1 Kings 1:33; 1 Kings 1:38). The breeding of mules was forbidden in the Law (Leviticus 19:19), but they were brought in by commerce (1 Kings 10:25).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.
servants
1 Samuel 22:18,19; 1 Kings 21:11-13; 2 Kings 1:9-12; Proverbs 29:12; Micah 7:3
gat him up
Heb. rode. mule.
18:9; Genesis 36:24; Leviticus 19:19; 1 Kings 1:33
Reciprocal: Genesis 27:41 - then;  Numbers 35:20 - if he thrust;  1 Samuel 18:22 - servants;  2 Samuel 3:33 - as a fool dieth;  2 Samuel 12:10 - the sword;  2 Samuel 12:11 - I will raise;  2 Samuel 14:30 - go and set;  1 Kings 16:9 - drinking;  1 Chronicles 3:1 - Amnon;  Isaiah 5:14 - he that rejoiceth;  Isaiah 21:4 - the night;  Ezekiel 22:11 - his sister;  Hosea 7:6 - they;  Luke 12:20 - God;  2 Corinthians 9:14 - long

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:29". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-13.html.