Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 2:28

So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the people halted and pursued Israel no longer, nor did they continue to fight anymore.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Abner;   Armies;   David;   Israel;   Joab;   Truce;   Trumpet;   War;   Thompson Chain Reference - Instruments, Chosen;   Music;   Musical Instruments;   Trumpets;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Joab;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Feasts and Festivals of Israel;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Israel;   Joab;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - War;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abner;   Gibeon;   Joab;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Asahel ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Joab;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Asahel;   Smith Bible Dictionary - War;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Trumpet;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Army;   Music;   War;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Abner;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ish-Bosheth;  

The Biblical Illustrator

2 Samuel 2:28

Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him.

Death comes unawares

Observe here--

1. How death often comes upon us by ways that we least suspect. Who would fear the hand of a flying enemy, or the butt end of a spear? yet from these Asahel receives his death wound.

2. See how we are often betrayed by the accomplishments we are proud of. Asahel's swiftness, which he presumed so much upon, did him no kindness, but forwarded his fate; and with it he ran upon his death, instead of running from it. (M. Henry.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "2 Samuel 2:28". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/2-samuel-2.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So Joab blew a trumpet,.... Or caused one to be blown as a signal of a retreat:

and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more; as soon as they heard the trumpet sound, the meaning of which they understood, they stepped at once, and left off their pursuit:

neither fought they any more; that day, and perhaps no pitched battle afterwards; for none we read of, though the war continued after this a long time, and there might be often skirmishes, which greatly weakened Abner's party. See 2 Samuel 3:1.

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

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 2:28 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

Ver. 28. So Joab blew a trumpet.] After that Abner had first excused unto him the killing of his brother Asahel, as saith Josephus.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:28". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-2.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Either, first, at that time; or rather, secondly, in any pitched battle.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:28". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-2.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Trumpet. It was not dishonourable for a general to do this himself, chap. xviii. 16. But among the Hebrews, the priests generally performed this office. (Calmet)

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

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(28) Neither fought they any more—i.e., in this present campaign. In 2 Samuel 3:1, it is said that “there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David.”

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