Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 18:28

Ahimaaz called and said to the king, "All is well." And he prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. And he said, "Blessed is the Lord your God, who has delivered up the men who lifted their hands against my lord the king."
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahimaaz;   Cushi;   Readings, Select;   Salutations;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Gospel;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Cushite;   David;   Gestures;   Lift;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abishai;   Ahimaaz;   David;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz ;   Cushi ;   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 - Cushi;   Cushite;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ahimaaz;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Benedictions;   Esther, Apocryphal Book of;   Liturgy;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Ahimaaz called - This marks the eager haste with which, before he had quite reached the king, he shouted out the pithy decisive word of good tidings, “Shalom!” Peace!

Hath delivered - See the margin. The figure seems to be that of confining a person within the power of his enemy, in opposition to “giving him his liberty” “in a large room,” to work what mischief he pleases.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-18.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

AHIMAAZ; SON OF ZADOK; TOLD DAVID OF THE VICTORY

"The Ahimaaz cried out to the king, "All is well." And he bowed before the king with his face to the earth, and said, "Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delivered up the men who raised their hand against my lord the king." And the king said, "Is it well with the young man Absalom?" And Ahimaaz answered, "When Joab sent your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I do not know what it was." And the king said, "Turn aside, and stand here." So he turned aside, and stood still."

"I do not know what it was" (2 Samuel 18:29). Of course, Ahimaaz lied about this, because Joab had plainly told him that Absalom was dead (2 Samuel 18:20). "He realized that the king might kill him for bringing that kind of news."[27]

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/2-samuel-18.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Ahimaaz called and said unto the king,.... As soon as he came so near as to be heard by him, before he came up to him, he said with a loud voice:

all is well; the king's army has had success, beat the rebels, and obtained a complete victory: or "peace"F5שלום ειρηνη, Sept. "pax", Montanus, Pagninus; "salus", Tigurine version; "salve rex", V. L. ; for it is but one word in the original, which signifies all happiness and prosperity, and this he wished the king; and so it is the same as if he had said, God save the king, may all happiness attend him:

and he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king; when he came nearer to him, not only in reverence of him, but in thankfulness to God:

and said, blessed be the Lord thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king; in which he ascribes the victory, not to Joab and his army, but to the Lord, to whom he gives thanks; and this agreeably to his character as a good man, and a priest of the Lord.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-18.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

Ahimaaz then called out to the king, “Shalom,” i.e., Hail! and fell down before him to greet him reverentially, and said, “Blessed be Jehovah thy God, who hath given up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.”

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-samuel-18.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 18:28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed [be] the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.

Ver. 28. All is well.] Heb., Peace; or, There is peace, the daughter of war, εχηρος πατρος φιλτατον τεκνον, as the Romans said of Pompey, The lovely daughter of an ugly mother. By "peace" the Hebrews signify all prosperity and happiness.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". 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

Into thy hand and power; or, to destruction. Compare 1 Samuel 24:18 26:8.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". 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

28.All is well שׁלום, Peace. Equivalent to Hail!

Blessed be the Lord — Observe the indirect way in which the tidings are announced.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-18.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Shut up; frustrated the attempts of the enemy, and consigned many to the grave. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-18.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Blessed be the LORD thy God. Some codices, with three early printed editions, reverse the order, thus changing the emphasis, and read: "Jehovah thy God be blessed".

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

men. Hebrew. "enosh. App-14.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "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 Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.

All is well, [ shaalowm (Hebrew #7965), peace] - the usual salutation among the Hebrews (Psalms 122:8). The delicacy of Ahimaaz's communication was made up by the unmistakeable plainness of Cushi's.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-18.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(28) All is well.—Literally, Peace, as in the margin. This is the cry with which Ahimaaz greets the king in his eager haste, as soon as he comes within hearing. He then approaches and falls down reverentially, with a distinct announcement of the victory.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-18.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.
All is well
or, Peace be to thee. Heb. Peace. he fell down upon his face. This act was not only in reverence to the king, but in humble adoration of God, whose name he praises for this victory. The more our hearts are fixed and enlarged, in thanksgiving to God for our mercies, the better disposed we shall be to bear with patience the afflictions mixed with them.
1:2; 14:4
Blessed
22:27; Genesis 14:20; 24:27; 2 Chronicles 20:26; Psalms 115:1; 124:6; 144:1,2; Revelation 19:1-3
delivered up
Heb. shut up.
1 Samuel 24:18; 26:8; Psalms 31:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 24:54 - Send me;  Exodus 18:10 - General1 Samuel 25:6 - Peace be both;  2 Samuel 18:31 - the Lord;  Psalm 55:18 - He hath

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-18.html.