Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 18:27

The watchman said, "I think the running of the first one is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok." And the king said, "This is a good man and comes with good news."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahimaaz;   Cushi;   Readings, Select;   Thompson Chain Reference - Good;   Tidings, Good;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Watchmen;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Posts;   Watchmen;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Gospel;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Watches;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Cushite;   David;   Samuel, Books of;   Zadok;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abishai;   Ahimaaz;   David;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz ;   Cushi ;   Zadok ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   Ahimaaz;   David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ahim'a-Az;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - War;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Cushi;   Cushite;   Games;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ahimaaz;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the watchman said, me thinketh,.... Or, "I see"F2אני ראה εγω ορω, Sept. "ego videns", Montanus; "video", Tigurine version. ; I perceive, so it appears to me:

that the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok; who it seems was well known, and famous for his manner of running and swiftness in it, having been employed in carrying expresses before from Jerusalem to David, and his army, wheresoever they were; and some of these persons thus employed were very swift; we readF3T. Hieros. Taanioth, fol. 68. 3. of one that was a king's messenger, that went from Jerusalem to Tyre, on the first of Elul, or August, in a night and a day; which, according to BuntingF4Travels, p. 200. was an hundred miles: this watchman must be one of David's sentinels, who was well acquainted with the people about him:

and the king said, he is a good man, and cometh with good tidings; he knew he was a man of courage, and therefore was not one that fled, but must be a messenger; and that he was well affected to him, and would never be the messenger of evil tidings to him.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-18.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He [is] a i good man, and cometh with good tidings.

(i) He had experienced his fidelity, (2 Samuel 17:21).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-18.html. 1599-1645.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

When the watchman saw by the running of the first that it was Ahimaaz, recognising him probably by the swiftness of his running, and announced it to the king, he replied, “He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings,” because Joab would not have selected him to bring any other than good news.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-samuel-18.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 18:27 And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He [is] a good man, and cometh with good tidings.

Ver. 27. He is a good man.] We should have the same good esteem of God’s faithful ministers, whose "feet," if they be not "beautiful" to us, how much more their faces! - it is a sign that our hearts are foul with infidelity and secure worldliness.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". 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

He loves me well, and therefore would not afflict me with evil tidings.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". 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

27.Methinketh — Rather, as the margin, I see the running of the foremost, etc. The swift-footed Ahimaaz was well known for his fleetness.

He is a good man — One of the most valuable and cheering of all the tidings David ever received was borne by this messenger, (comp. 2 Samuel 15:31; 2 Samuel 15:34; 2 Samuel 17:14-17,) and this fact made Ahimaaz to be loved by him.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". "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

good. Compare 1 Kings 1:42.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". "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 the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.

The running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz - known probably by a waddling rolling of his person in running.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". "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

And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.
Methinketh
Heb. I see.
2 Kings 9:20
He is a good
1 Kings 1:42; Proverbs 25:13,25; Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:15
Reciprocal: Genesis 24:54 - Send me;  2 Samuel 18:19 - Ahimaaz;  2 Samuel 18:20 - because;  1 Chronicles 6:8 - Ahimaaz;  Acts 11:24 - he was;  Romans 5:7 - a good

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:27". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-18.html.