Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 2:24

But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner, and when the sun was going down, they came to the hill of Ammah, which is in front of Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Abishai;   Abner;   Ammah;   Asahel;   David;   Giah;   Homicide;   Israel;   Joab;   War;   Thompson Chain Reference - Deserts;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Abishai;   Gibeon;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Abishai;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ammah;   Joab;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ammah;   Giah;   Gibeon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Abishai;   Ammah;   Giah;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abner;   Ammah;   Giah;   Gibeath;   Gibeon;   Joab;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Desert, Wilderness;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ammah ;   Asahel ;   Giah ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Joab;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Abishai;   Asahel;   Gibeon;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Am'mah;   Gi'ah;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - War;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Abishai;   Ammah;   Desert;   Giah;   Gibeath (1);   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Abner;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ish-Bosheth;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Ammah … Giah - Local, and otherwise unknown names.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:24". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-2.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

JOAB AND ABISHAI OVERTAKE ABNER

"But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner; and as the sun was going down they came to the hill of Armah, which lies before Giah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon. And the Benjaminites gathered themselves behind Abner, and became one band, and took their stand on the top of a hill. Then Abner called to Joab, "Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter? How long will it be before you bid your people turn from the pursuit of their brethren"? And Joab answered, "As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely the men would have given up the pursuit of their brethren in the morning," So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the men stopped, and pursued Israel no more, nor did they fight anymore."

"Joab and Abishai pursued Abner" (2 Samuel 2:24). The only thing which prevented Asahel's brothers Joab and Abishai from killing Abner on this occasion was the timely rally of a group of Benjaminites behind him on the top of that hill. Abner's army had been thoroughly whipped, and at this time, when it was evident that he had been defeated, Abner began to talk about the sword's devouring and the pursuit of "their brethren." No such thoughts entered the old hypocrite's head when he suggested that 24 young men kill themselves in some kind of a war game; and "the brethren" meant nothing at all to him when he started that vicious war. But now, that his troops were defeated and with himself in the front of the charging men of David, he screams for a cessation of hostilities!

"If you had not spoken ... the men would have given up pursuit ... in the morning" (2 Samuel 2:27). This was only another way of saying, "We would have chased you all night"!

"So Joab blew the trumpet" (2 Samuel 2:28). We may only speculate as to why Joab did this, especially with a total destruction of Abner's defeated troops a definite possibility if the hostilities had continued. In all probability, the need for a funeral for Asahel was the decisive factor in Joab's mind.

"They did not fight any more" (2 Samuel 2:28). This does not mean that the war was over. As Willis noted, "This states only that the battle which began at the pool of Gibeon was terminated. The war went on for a long time (2 Samuel 3:1)."[21]

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:24". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/2-samuel-2.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner,.... Or rather but Joab, &c.F14"Autem", V. L. Tiguriue version; "sed", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Kimchi. . They stood not still as the rest, but, filled with indignation and resentment, pursued after Abner, to be avenged on him:

and the sun went down when they came to the hill of Ammah; a hill by the side of which was a pool of water, as Kimchi thinks, and from thence so called:

that lieth before Giah; a place near Gibeon, but nowhere after mentioned:

by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon; very likely not far from the city from which it had its name.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-2.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner till the sun set, and until they had arrived at the hill Ammah, in front of Giah, on the way to the desert of Gibeon . Nothing further is known of the places mentioned here.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:24". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-samuel-2.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 2:24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that [lieth] before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

Ver. 24. Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner.] Notwithstanding the loss of their brother Asahel; which could not but be a great grief to them. The public cause was their main care.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-2.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

24.Ammah’ Giah — Places now unknown. Such incidental allusions to places long since forgotten furnish evidence of the genuineness and credibility of the history.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:24". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-2.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Wilderness, or land which was not ploughed, though fruitful.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:24". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-2.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(24) The hill of Ammah.—No identification of either Ammah or Giah has yet been made, but as it was “by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon,” it may be conjectured that it was not far from that town, and hence that the pursuit was not long.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:24". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-2.html. 1905.