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2 Samuel 18:32

Then the king said to the Cushite, "Is it well with the young man Absalom?" And the Cushite answered, "Let the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be as that young man!"
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahimaaz;   Cushi;   Readings, Select;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Vanity;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Cushite;   Holman Bible Dictionary - 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;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Is the young man Absalom safe? - This was the utmost of his solicitude, and it well merited the reproof which Joab gave him, 2 Samuel 19:5.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-18.html. 1832.

The Biblical Illustrator

2 Samuel 18:32

The enemies of my lord the king . . . be as that young man is.

Cushi’s wish

I. a prophetical prayer.

1. Prayer is of two sorts: for or against. As

II. A prophecy. That so he wished: and that, as he wished, so he foretold: and as he foretold, so it came to pass. All that rose after, fell as fast as they rose.

III. Last of all that this prayer or prophecy is not pent or shut up in David’s days: not to end with him. It reacheth unto these of ours; hath his force and vigour still; hath and shall have, unto the world’s end. God heard him praying, and inspired him prophesying. As it came to pass in Absalom, so did it in those that rode after him: that rose against David, that rose against many others since David, and namely against ours. So it hath been hitherto: and so ever may it be. Cushi, not only a priest, to pray that so they be; but a prophet, to foretell, that so they shall be. (Bishop Lancelot Andrewes.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "2 Samuel 18:32". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/2-samuel-18.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the king said unto Cushi, is the young man Absalom safe?.... The same question that was put to Ahimaaz, 2 Samuel 18:29; which shows what lay nearest his heart, and was uppermost in his mind:

and Cushi answered, the enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is, which was tacitly saying he was dead, and so David understood it; and he expressed it in such a manner, that David could not be displeased with the messenger; though the message was grievous to him.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". "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

When asked about the welfare of Absalom, the Cushite replied, “May it happen to the enemies of my lord the king, and all who have risen up against thee for evil (i.e., to do thee harm), as to the young man.” The death of Absalom was indicated clearly enough in these words.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-samuel-18.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 18:32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do [thee] hurt, be as [that] young man [is].

Ver. 32. Is the young man Absalom safe?] Omnis in Ascanio, &c. See still his excessive love and unbounded affection to this untoward son of his, in whom there was nothing good but only his name. Such unmortified affection is as soon wounded, as a scald head broken.

Be as that young man is,] viz., Dead; not damned, as some, both ancient and modern writers, conclude that Absalom was. But who can tell that?

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". 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

May they perish and be cut off, as he is.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-18.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Is. This was as much as to tell plainly that he was dead, (Menochius) or at least, a prisoner. But David understood him right. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-18.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

be as that young man. Figure of speech Euphemism. App-6.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-18.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(32) Absalom.—To the Cushite’s tidings David replies with the same question as before; but this messenger does not appreciate the state of the king’s feelings, and answers with sufficient plainness, though in courteous phrase, that Absalom is dead.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-18.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
The enemies
Thus Cushi obliquely and slowly informs David of the death of his son Absalom.
Judges 5:31; Psalms 68:1,2; Daniel 4:19
Reciprocal: Genesis 37:14 - see whether it be well with;  1 Samuel 25:26 - now let;  Job 27:7 - GeneralPsalm 109:20 - Let this

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:32". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-18.html.