Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 13:38

So Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur, and was there three years.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Absalom;   Fugitives;   Parents;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Amnon;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   David;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Geshur;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Aram, Aramaeans;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Geshur ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   Amnon;   David;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Absalom (1);   Adonijah;   Samuel, Books of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Absalom;   Aram-Geshur;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So Absalom fled,.... This is the third time it is mentioned, and the reason of it here Abarbinel thinks is, that when he first fled to his grandfather, he used to stand openly in the court of his palace, and go with him wherever he went from place to place; but when he understood that his father mourned so for the death of Amnon, he was afraid he would send some person to lay hold on him, and take vengeance on him; and therefore he would go no more with the king from place to place, but went and abode in Geshur always, which was a fortified city, as it follows:

and went to Geshur, and was there three years: and never went out of it, until he was fetched by Joab, as 2 Samuel 14:23 relates; nor is there anything in 2 Samuel 13:37 disturbed and mutilated, as SpinosaF18Tractat. Theolog. Politic. c. 9. p. 176. intimates, but the whole is very expressive and emphatic.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:38". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-13.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

And David mourned for his son every day,] i.e., For his son Amnon. This was a long while to mourn for a lost son - viz, every day for three years’ time. The grief was, - (1.) For that he was so basely butchered by his own brother (we had a like example lately here ia England in the family of Sir George Sandys); (2.) For that he died in his drunkenness, having never soundly repented of his incest, though Hugo thinketh he did, and was therefore spared by his father.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:38". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-13.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

38.Three years — During which time, as we learn from the next verse, David became reconciled to the loss of Amnon and yearned to see Absalom again. His undue paternal affections involved him in additional and greater sorrows.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:38". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-13.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ceased. We do not read that he had pursued Absalom before. (Calmet) --- Now he laid aside all thoughts of punishing him, as he began even to desire to see him again, when he reflected that Amnon had deserved death. (Haydock) --- Hebrew also, "he burnt with a secret desire to receive Absalom," chap. xiv. 1. (Jonathan; Vatable, &c.) (Calmet) --- Protestants, "the soul of king David longed to go forth unto," &c. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:38". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-13.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:38". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-13.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(38) Was there three years.—This is the third time the flight of Absalom has been mentioned; but, after the custom of Scripture narrative, each repetition has been for the purpose of introducing some additional fact. In 2 Samuel 13:34 the simple fact of his flight is stated; in 2 Samuel 13:37 it is added that he went to his grandfather, and here that he remained with him three years.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:38". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-13.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
A. M. 2974-2977. B.C. 1030-1027. An. Ex. Is. 461-464. Geshur. This was not the Geshur lying between Philistia and Egypt, (Jos 13:13. 1 Sa 27:8,) but another in Syria; probably the same as that beyond Jordan, whose inhabitants are joined with those of Maachathi, De 3:14. Jos 12:5
14:23,32; 15:8
Reciprocal: Joshua 13:2 - Geshuri;  2 Samuel 3:3 - Talmai;  2 Samuel 13:34 - Absalom fled;  2 Samuel 14:13 - in that the king;  2 Samuel 15:7 - forty years;  1 Chronicles 2:23 - Geshur;  1 Chronicles 3:2 - Absalom

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 13:38". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-13.html.