Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 18:31

Behold, the Cushite arrived, and the Cushite said, "Let my lord the king receive good news, for the Lord has freed you this day from the hand of all those who rose up against you."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahimaaz;   Cushi;   Readings, Select;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Evangelize, Evangelism;   Gospel;   Vanity;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Cushite;   David;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abishai;   Ahimaaz;   David;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Cushi ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Absalom;   David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ahim'a-Az;   Cu'shi;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Cushi;   Cushite;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ahimaaz;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Tidings … - Rather, “Let my lord the king receive the good tidings.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:31". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-18.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

O MY SON ABSALOM; MY SON; MY SON ABSALOM!

"And behold, the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, `Good tidings for my lord the king! For the Lord has delivered you this day from the power of all who rose up against you.' The king said to the Cushite, `Is it well with the young man Absalom?' And the Cushite answered, `May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be like that young man.' And the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept; and as he went, he said, `O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son.'"

There is no more pitiful a picture of David in the whole Bible than this one! Tatum called this passage, "One of the saddest in the Bible."[28] But the sadness pertains not so much to David's love for Absalom as it does to David's agonizing grief over his own sins which he surely recognized as having precipitated all of the evil that had come upon him in such a dreadful fulfillment of God's warning to him through Nathan (1 Samuel 12:10).

"Would I had died instead of you" (2 Samuel 18:33). Here David takes upon himself the blame (because of his sins) for the outrageous crimes of Absalom, and the simple truth is that David might have fully expected that God would execute upon him the death which his sins most certainly deserved. Therefore, bound up with his willingness to forgive Absalom was the hope that God would also forgive him. "David's lamentation is deeply pathetic, and the sincerity of it is beyond any doubt. To such a state had his own sins brought him."[29]

"It was David's conscience which smote him here, for his own sin `had found him out.' In Psalms 38 and Psalms 40 he made the confession that it was his own iniquity that was now surging over his head."[30]

"To understand this passionate utterance of David's anguish, we should bear in mind, not only David's excessive tenderness and weakness toward his son, but also his anger that Joab should have paid so little attention to his command to deal TENDERLY with the young man Absalom."[31]

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:31". "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, behold, Cushi came,.... A little after:

and Cushi said, tidings, my lord the king; news is sent and brought by me, and good news it is:

for the Lord hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee; they are either killed or dispersed; there is an entire victory over them, and deliverance from them.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:31". "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

The Cushite said, “Let my lord the king receive good tidings, for Jehovah hath procured thee justice to-day out of the hand of all who have risen up against thee” (cf. 2 Samuel 18:19).

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:31". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-samuel-18.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 18:31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.

Ver. 31. And, behold, Cushi came.] Who was the king’s servant, [2 Samuel 18:29] and likely one of his footmen; but outrun by Ahimaaz, who left him the worst of the news to tell; as knowing that sick men do naturally loathe the very cup out of which they drink bitter potions.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:31". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-18.html. 1865-1868.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.
Tidings
Heb. Tidings is brought. the Lord.
19,28; 22:48,49; Deuteronomy 32:35,36; Psalms 58:10; 94:1-4; 124:2,3; Luke 18:7,8; Cushi was the man Joab ordered to carry the tidings to David. He was an Ethiopian, as his name signifies, and some think he was so by birth--a black, who waited on Joab, probably one of the ten who had helped to dispatch Absalom; though it was dangerous for one of those to bring the news to David, lest his fate should be the same with theirs that reported the death of Saul and Ishbosheth to him.
Reciprocal: Judges 11:36 - forasmuch;  2 Samuel 4:8 - the Lord;  Daniel 4:19 - My Lord

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:31". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-18.html.