Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 17:4

So the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahithophel;   Citizens;   Council;   Diplomacy;   Friendship;   Government;   Spies;   War;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahithophel;   Amasa;   Hushai;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Elder;   Family Life and Relations;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ahithophel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Elder;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahithophel ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   Elder;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ahith'ophel;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Elder;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all elders of Israel. That were of the privy council; for it was a well contrived scheme to surprise David his men by night, in the condition they were in; nothing like seizing an opportunity, and making quick dispatch in executing a villainous design; only it is strange that Absalom could so easily come into a scheme to take away the life of so indulgent a father, which is only to be accounted for by his ambition; but it is stranger still that the elders of Israel should be pleased with it, and agree to and determine upon the death of a prince, who had so many years ruled them with justice and equity, clemency and mercy; and fought their battles for them, and raised their nation to such a pitch of glory it never had before.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-17.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 17:4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Ver. 4. And the saying pleased Absalom well.] Heb., Was right in the eyes of Absalom, &c. Nam quae recta sunt placent. (a) Man is a rational creature: and everywise man will be mancipium rationis, ruled by reason, in matters of greatest consequence especially. Howbeit, all men are mutable, as appeareth in that this counsel, while so applauded, was so soon again misliked.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-17.html. 1865-1868.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Samuel 17:4. The saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel — That such a wretch as Absalom should aim at his father’s throat is not strange. But that the body of the people, to whom David had been so great a blessing, should join with him in it, is amazing. But the finger of God was in it. Let not the best of parents, or the best of princes, think it strange if they are injured by those who should be their support and joy, when they (like David) have provoked God to turn against them.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:4". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-samuel-17.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

pleased = was good in the eyes of,

and = and [in the eyes of] all.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-17.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.
the saying
1 Samuel 18:20,21; 23:21; Esther 5:14; Romans 1:32
pleased Absalom well
Heb. was right in the eyes of Absalom.
2 Chronicles 30:4; Esther 1:21
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 20:7 - It is well;  Esther 2:4 - the thing;  Isaiah 8:10 - counsel

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-17.html.