Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 17:21

It came about after they had departed that they came up out of the well and went and told King David; and they said to David, "Arise and cross over the water quickly for thus Ahithophel has counseled against you."
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Abiathar;   Ahithophel;   David;   Falsehood;   Friendship;   Jonathan;   Zadok;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Ahithophel;   Hushai;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ahithophel;   Prayer;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Olives, Mount of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz ;   Ahithophel ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   Ahimaaz;   En-rogel;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ahim'a-Az;   Ahith'ophel;   Jon'athan,;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Samuel, Books of;   Zadok;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ahimaaz;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ahithophel;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

DAVID HEEDED WARNING AND CROSSED THE JORDAN

"And after the men had gone, the men came up out of the well, and went and told King David. "Arise, and go quickly over the water; for thus and so has Ahithophel counseled against you." Then David arose, and all the people who were with him, and they crossed the Jordan; by daybreak, not one was left who had not crossed the Jordan."

Moving twelve thousand men with their supplies and equipment across the Jordan would have required a great deal of time, and with this maneuver David bought the time that he needed to rally his forces for the final showdown. Matthew Henry and others have supposed that upon that occasion after David crossed the Jordan, "He penned Psalms 42 and Psalms 43, `Looking back upon Jerusalem from the land of the Jordan' (Psalms 42:6)."[22]

THE SUICIDE OF AHITHOPHEL

Not only had Absalom's acceptance of Hushai's counsel assured the failure of Absalom's rebellion, it also spelled the end of Ahithophel's hope of getting control of the army, and, as far as he was concerned, that ended any reason he might have had for continuing to live. If Absalom lost his bid for the throne, Ahithophel would surely have been executed by David, and even if he had won, Ahithophel could never have prevented the execution of all David's sons, including his own beloved great-grandson Solomon. He simply decided to end it all by committing suicide.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:21". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/2-samuel-17.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And it came to pass after they were departed,.... The servants of Absalom:

that they came up out of the well; the sons of the priests, being informed by the woman that they were gone; JosephusF19Antiqu. l. 7. c. 9. sect. 7. Hudson. not. in ib. says they were drawn up by the woman with a rope:

and went and told King David; who was now in the plain of the wilderness, perhaps near Jericho, and not a great way from Jordan, to whom they related the whole of their message:

and said unto David; as they were directed:

arise, and pass quickly over the water; the river Jordan:

for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you; to come with twelve thousand men, and fall upon him that very night; and it was not certain his counsel would be rejected; and therefore it was advisable for David to prepare against the worst.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:21". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for k thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.

(k) That is, to pursue you with all haste.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:21". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-17.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 17:21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.

Ver. 21. For thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.] And who can yet tell what course they will take, though for present my counsel be cried up for the better?

Plebs tantum constans in levitate sua est.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:21". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-17.html. 1865-1868.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.
Arise
15,16
thus hath Ahithophel
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 23:26 - David made haste;  Psalm 55:7 - GeneralPsalm 71:4 - out of the;  Psalm 124:7 - Our soul

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:21". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-17.html.