Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 17:7

So Hushai said to Absalom, "This time the advice that Ahithophel has given is not good."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahithophel;   Armies;   Council;   Diplomacy;   Falsehood;   Friendship;   Spies;   Strategy;   War;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Prudence;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahithophel;   Amasa;   Hushai;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Friend, Friendship;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ahithophel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahithophel ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ahith'ophel;  
Encyclopedias:
The Jewish Encyclopedia - Absalom;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

At this time - Rather, “The counsel which Ahithophel has given this time is not good.” He contrasts it with that given before 2 Samuel 16:21, which was good. This gave an appearance of candour to his conduct, and so gave weight to his dissent. Observe the working of David‘s prayer 2 Samuel 15:31.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-17.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Hushai said to Absalom,.... Having leave to give his opinion freely:

the counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time; he owns that Ahithophel was a good counsellor, and that the counsel he gave was for the most part, if not always, good, but what he gave at this time was not so; the wisest of men may sometimes be mistaken. Abarbinel thinks he respects his former counsel, particularly that that was good, advising him to defile his father's bed, 2 Samuel 16:21; but this was not, for which he gives the following reasons.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given [is] not c good at this time.

(c) Hushai shows himself faithful to David, in that he reproves this wicked counsel and purpose.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-17.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 17:7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given [is] not good at this time.

Ver. 7. Is not good at this time.] This was a bold speech, and such as if he had not made good by alleging to Absalom verisimilia, et ingenio illius superbo accommodata, arguments probable, and suitable to his ambitious disposition, there had been but one law for Hushai; not unlike that of the Locrians, who ordained that whoso would propose a new law, should come with a halter about his neck, that if it were not liked, he should be hanged. Here, then, he beginneth with his Errorem erravit non levem vir alioqui consultissimus Ahithophel. This most grave and wise counsellor is out in this particular; as well he may be, since

Oυδεις ανθρωπων αυτος απαντα σοφος.”

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-17.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Though at other times he generally gives most wise and admirable counsel; yet, as he is a man, he seems now to be under a mistake, and not sufficiently to consider all the present circumstances of this business.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-17.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

This time, though he displays such prudence on all other occasions; or, "at this time" the situation of affairs is such, that it may prove dangerous to push people, who are already desperate, to extremities. Here we behold, how different sentiments may appear equally plausible. (Haydock) --- Mind, reduced to despair. The maxim is beautiful, as well as the comparison. See Osee xiii. 7., Proverbs xvii. 12., and Lamentations iii. 10. --- People. Hebrew adds, "in the night;" or, "he will not suffer the people to pass the night" in repose. (Calmet) --- He will not entrust his person to a faithless multitude, but will be surrounded with a chosen band, with whom he may escape, even though the rest should flee. (Haydock) --- Achitophel had represented David abandoned by his men. (Menochius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-17.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

counsel . . . given. Hebrew counsel . . . counselled. Figure of speech Polyptoton (App-6) = the good counsel (but "not good "now).

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-17.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(7) Not good at this time.—The words, at this time, should be transposed. What Hushai says is “This time the counsel of Ahithophel is not good,” implying that his previous advice (2 Samuel 16:21) had been wise, thus assuming an appearance of candour.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-17.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.
given
Heb. counselled. not good.
Proverbs 31:8
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 12:10 - Thus shalt thou;  2 Chronicles 10:10 - Thus shalt;  Proverbs 27:14 - He that

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 17:7". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-17.html.