Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 15:8

For your servant vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying, ‘If the Lord shall indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord .'"
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ambition;   Consecration;   Covenant;   Syria;   Usurpation;   Vows;   Thompson Chain Reference - Geshur;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Hypocrites;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Aram;   Geshur, Geshuri, Geshurites;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Hebron;   Vow;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Geshur;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Geshur;   Hushai;   Vow;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Geshur, Geshurites;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Geshur ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   David;   Geshur;   Jerusalem;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ge'shur;   Vows;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Hebron;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Bridge;   Geshur;   Leasing;   Philistines;   Prayer;   Syrians;   Vow;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Absalom;   Aram-Geshur;   Geshur, Geshurites;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

While I abode at Geshur in Syria - Geshur, the country of Talmai, was certainly not in Syria, but lay on the south of Canaan, in or near Edom, as is evident from Judges 1:10; 1 Samuel 27:8; 2 Samuel 13:37. Hence it is probable that ארם Aram, Syria, is a mistake for אדם Edom; ד daleth and ר resh being easily interchangeable. Edom is the reading both of the Syriac and Arabic.

I will serve the Lord - Here he pretended to be a strict follower of Jehovah, even while he was in a heathen country; and now he desires liberty to go and perform a vow at Hebron, which he pretends to have made while he was resident at Geshur. And all this was the more perfectly to organize his system of rebellion against his venerable father.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-15.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria,.... When at his grandfather's court there:

saying, if the Lord will bring me again indeed to Jerusalem; which he might be sincerely desirous of:

then I will serve the Lord; but it is a question whether he ever made a vow to this purpose, or concerned himself about serving the Lord; but it rather may be, this was a lie of his, now framed in order to get leave of the king to go to Hebron.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-15.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will f serve the LORD.

(f) By offering a peace-offering, which was lawful to do in any place.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-15.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 15:8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.

Ver. 8. Then I will serve the Lord,] viz., With gratulatory oblations and peace offerings; when in truth his design was, not to serve the Lord, but to serve himself upon the Lord, by pretending his worship to his own wicked practices, and by drawing together as guests at that feast of his - usual at such sacrifices - as many as he thought meet to join with him in his intended conspiracy.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-15.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Samuel 15:8. Thy servant vowed a vow This vow is conceived exactly in the patriarchal style, and, if true, shews, that however he might have been tempted by his grandfather to serve the gods of Geshur, yet he continued determined against idolatry; which David, we may assure ourselves, was highly delighted to hear, and accordingly gave a ready consent to the performance of his vow.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-samuel-15.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

i.e. Worship him by the offering of sacrifices of thanksgiving to God, for restoring me to the place of his presence and service, and to my father’s favour. But why should not this service have been performed at Zion, or at Gibeon? Here was some ground of suspicion; but God blinded David’s eyes, that he might bring upon David and upon Absalom the judgments which they deserved, and he designed.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-15.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Lord. The pretext seemed very bad, since he ought not to have delayed so long to perform his vow. Moreover, the usual places for sacrifice were Gabaon or Sion. But Absalom might plead a respect for the patriarchs, who were buried at Hebron. (St. Jerome, Trad.) (Menochius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-15.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

vowed a vow = made a solemn vow. Figure of speech Polyptoton. App-6.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-15.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.
thy servant
Genesis 28:20,21; 1 Samuel 1:11; 16:2; Psalms 56:12; Ecclesiastes 5:4
Geshur
13:37,38; 14:23,32
I will serve
Joshua 24:15; Isaiah 28:15; Jeremiah 9:3-5; 42:20
Reciprocal: Numbers 21:2 - vowed;  Joshua 12:5 - unto the;  Joshua 13:2 - Geshuri;  1 Samuel 27:8 - the Geshurites;  1 Chronicles 3:2 - Geshur;  Psalm 109:7 - and let;  Ezekiel 27:16 - Syria

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-15.html.