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2 Samuel 18:11

Then Joab said to the man who had told him, "Now behold, you saw him! Why then did you not strike him there to the ground? And I would have given you ten pieces of silver and a belt."
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Absalom;   Ephraim;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Armies of Israel, the;   Arms, Military;   Girdles;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Joab;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Joab;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Gift;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Fox;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Apron;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abishai;   Joab;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Girdle;   Joab ;   Oak;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jo'ab;   Piece of Silver;   War;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Girdle;   War;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Cushi;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Gifts;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And a girdle - The military belt was the chief ornament of a soldier, and was highly prized in all ancient nations; it was also a rich present from one chieftain to another. Jonathan gave his to David, as the highest pledge of his esteem and perpetual friendship, 1 Samuel 18:4. And Ajax gave his to Hector, as a token of the highest respect. - Hom. Il. vii., ver. 305.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-18.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Ten shekels - (About 25 shillings.) The word “shekel” is understood, as in Genesis 20:16; Genesis 37:28. See the Exodus 38:24 note.

A girdle - Girdles were costly articles of Hebrew dress used to put money in Matthew 10:9, and given as presents 1 Samuel 18:4.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-18.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Joab said unto the man that told him,.... That gave the above account of him:

and, behold, thou sawest him; in reality; or, "didst thou see him?" is it a fact?

and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground; kill him on the spot, that he might have dropped from the tree to the ground:

and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver; on the news of it, for doing it, which was near twenty four shillings of our money; Josephus saysF9Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 7. c. 10. sect. 2.) fifty shekels; the Arabic version has it ten thousand talents of silver, too great a sum by far:

and a girdle? which was a mark of great honour, and a token of a commission under him, and of investing: him with a military office; see 1 Samuel 18:4; it used to be given as an honorary reward to soldiers that behaved well, as on the contrary it was reckoned a reproach to be ungirt, or the girdle to be taken awayF11Vide Lydium de re militare, l. 3. c. 6. .

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-18.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 18:11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest [him], and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten [shekels] of silver, and a girdle.

Ver. 11. And I would have given thee.] And will do still, if thou wilt yet do it: for though Joab wished Absalom slain as a public pest; yet he had rather it should have been done by another, than by himself, or by his command. Politicians use to put others before them in dangerous actions, and, with the ape, to take nuts out of the fire with the paw of the cat.

Ten shekels of silver, and a girdle,] i.e., A purse, as Mark 6:8, or a military belt, as an ensign of honour.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-18.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Why didst thou not smite him down from the oak, and with thy spear nail him to the ground?

A girdle; a military belt of more than ordinary price, as a testimony of thy valour and good service. See Poole on "1 Samuel 18:4".

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-18.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

11.Go to battle in thine own person — Literally, thy presence going into the battle. Unlike Ahithophel, who counselled him to stay at Jerusalem, (2 Samuel 18:3,) Hushai advises him to go himself to the war.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-18.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Silver, somewhat above a guinea: sicles are not expressed in Hebrew. (Haydock) --- Belt, the richest part of armour. Jonathan and Ajax made presents of their belts to David and Hector, 1 Kings xviii. 4. (Homer, Iliad H.) See Job xiii. 18. The Romans wore very splendid belts. Balteus et notis fulserunt cingula bullis. (Claud., Proserp. ii.)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-18.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

girdle. A common present, made of silk, linen, or leather, and worked sometimes in gold. Used for fastening up loose garments.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-18.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.

I would have given thee ten shekels of silver and a girdle - i:e., would have raised him from the ranks to the status of a commissioned officer. Besides a sum of money, a girdle, curiously and richly done, was among the ancient Hebrews a mark of honour, and sometimes bestowed as a reward of military merit. This soldier, however, who may be taken as a fair sample of David's faithful subjects, had so great a respect for the king's will, that no prospect of reward would have tempted him to lay violent hands on Absalom. But Joab's stern sense of public duty, which satisfied him that there could be neither safety to the king, nor peace to the kingdom, nor security to him and other loyal subjects, so long as that turbulent prince lived, overcame his sensibilities, and looking upon the charge given to the generals as more befitting a parent than a prince, he ventured to disobey it.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-18.html. 1871-8.