Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 15:4

Moreover, Absalom would say, "Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Absalom;   Ambition;   Candidate;   Demagogism;   Diplomacy;   Electioneering;   Flattery;   Politics;   Popularity;   Usurpation;   Thompson Chain Reference - Ambition;   Worldly;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ambition;   Courts of Justice;   Flattery;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   David;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Justice;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Judges;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Court Systems;   Judge (Office);   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Elder;   Judges;   Justice;   Priests and Levites;   Samuel, Books of;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   David;   Jerusalem;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Law of Moses;   Sol'omon;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Decision;   Judge;   Samuel, Books of;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Appeal;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Absalom;   Right and Righteousness;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Absalom said, moreover,.... To the same persons, at the same time:

oh that I were made judge in the land; by which it appears that he had no office under the king; partly either because of his crime, and so not thought fit, and partly because he appeared to be an ambitious aspiring man, and so it was thought not safe to put him into any office:

that every man that hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice; at once, without any further trouble, or coming often, and in vain, and to no purpose.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-15.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Absalom said moreover, c Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

(c) Thus by slander, flattery and fair promises, the wicked seek preference.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-15.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 15:4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

Ver. 4. Oh that I were made judge in the land.] It were pity else, you are so worthy a wight; let Pellican say for you. Absalom was an absolute villain, saith he, ungrateful, ambitious, arrogant, a hypocrite, a liar, a persecutor of his father, a subverter of the people, an example and monument of rebellious sons, and of all that persecute God’s servants. And was not this a fit man to make a supreme judge! Surely, such while they seek the greatest dignities, find the greatest shame; and like apes, when they be climbing, they do the more show their deformities.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-15.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Oh that I were made judge in the land! for the king had only restored Absalom to favour, but thought not fit to put him into any place of power and trust.

I would do him justice; I should refuse no man, and decline no pains to do any man good. So he pretends to a very public spirit.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-15.html. 1685.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!
Oh that I
Judges 9:1-5,29; Proverbs 25:6; Luke 14:8-11
I would do
Proverbs 27:2; 2 Peter 2:19
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 8:3 - his sons

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-15.html.