Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 18:19

Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Please let me run and bring the king news that the Lord has freed him from the hand of his enemies."
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahimaaz;   Readings, Select;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Joab;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Gospel;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   David;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abishai;   Ahimaaz;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz ;   Zadok ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   Ahimaaz;   David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ahim'a-Az;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ahimaaz;   Avenge;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ahimaaz;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Judgment, Divine;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Ahimaaz was a well-known runner 2 Samuel 18:27. Speed was a heroic virtue in those simple times (compare 2 Samuel 2:18). In Hezekiah‘s reign 2 Chronicles 30:6, 2 Chronicles 30:10 we find an establishment of running post-men; and the same name (“runners”) is given Esther 3:13 to the Persian posts, though at that time they rode on mules and camels.

Bear tidings - The original word is used almost exclusively of bearing good tidings, and hence, is rendered in the Septuagint (though not always) εὐαγγίζεσθαι euangelizesthai 2 Samuel 4:10; 1 Samuel 31:9. In 2 Samuel 18:21, it is not “carry the good tidings,” but “tell,” simply “announce.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:19". "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

Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok,.... To Joab; for it seems he stayed with the army when he with Jonathan brought the message from Hushai to David:

let me now run, and bear the king tidings how that the Lord hath avenged him on his enemies; which he thought would be very acceptable to hear of as soon as possible; and to be a messenger with tidings of a victory, as it was honourable, so likewise profitable then as now; though perhaps Ahimaaz might have no respect to the reward, as indeed none could be expected, since the death of Absalom would be so disagreeable to the king; but was desirous of it, that the king might be acquainted with the event of the battle as soon as might be.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-18.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Then said Ahimaaz … Let me … run and bear the king tidings — The reasons why Joab declined to accept Ahimaaz‘ offer to bear intelligence of the victory to David, and afterwards let him go along with another, are variously stated by commentators - but they are of no importance. Yet the alacrity of the messengers, as well as the eager excitement of the expectants, is graphically described.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:19". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-samuel-18.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 18:19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.

Ver. 19. And bear the king tidings.] Who could not but much long to hear the issue of the battle.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-18.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

19.Then said Ahimaaz — This son of the high priest had already performed valuable service as messenger for the king, (2 Samuel 15:36; 2 Samuel 17:21,) and thereby he had gained the confidence and esteem of David. 2 Samuel 18:27. He was also swift of foot, and had a burning desire to be first in bearing the tidings of this victory to Mahanaim.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:19". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-18.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:19". "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

Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.

Then said Ahimaaz ... Let me now run and bear the king tidings. The reasons of Joab's declining to accept Ahimaaz's offer to bear intelligence of the victory to David, and afterward letting him go along with another, are variously stated by commentators; but they are of no importance; and yet the alacrity of the messengers, as well as the eager excitement of the expectants, is graphically described.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:19". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-18.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.
Ahimaaz
23,27-29; 15:36; 17:17
avenged him
Heb. judged him from the hand, etc.
Psalms 7:6,8,9; 9:4,16; 10:14,18; Romans 12:19
Reciprocal: Genesis 24:54 - Send me;  Judges 11:36 - forasmuch;  2 Samuel 4:8 - the Lord;  2 Samuel 18:29 - Is the young man Absalom safe;  2 Samuel 18:31 - the Lord;  2 Samuel 22:48 - avengeth me;  1 Chronicles 6:8 - Ahimaaz;  Proverbs 17:11 - GeneralJeremiah 51:31 - post

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-18.html.