Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 2:6

Now may the Lord show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Hebron;   Judah;   Thankfulness;   Truth;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Loving-Kindness of God, the;   Truth of God, the;  
Dictionaries:
Easton Bible Dictionary - Jabesh-Gilead;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Abner;   Jabesh (1);   Sheba (1);   Holman Bible Dictionary - Jabesh-Gilead;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abner;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Joab;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hebron;   Jabesh;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Corpse;   Kindness;   Samuel, Books of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Jabesh;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And now the Lord show kindness and truth unto you,.... Or true kindness; confer real favours, bestow upon you good and substantial blessings, blessings indeed!

and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing. He not only prayed to God to bless them and reward them for it, but would remember them himself, and at a proper opportunity would show favour to them for this act of kindness to Saul. De Dieu proposes to consideration whether it may not be as well interpreted to this sense, "and I also do you this kindness" because of it; that is, have done you this honour by sending messengers to you, to thank you for it, and by wishing a blessing upon you on account of it, and by praising and commending you for it; but the former sense seems best.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-2.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And now the LORD shew kindness and d truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

(d) According to his promise, which is to repay those who are merciful.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-2.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

Kindness and truth — That is, true and real kindness; not in words only, but also in actions, as you have done to your king.

I will requite — So far am I from being offended with you for this kindness to my late enemy.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-samuel-2.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 2:6 And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

Ver. 6. And now the Lord show kindness and truth unto you.] God’s mercy and his truth go commonly coupled in holy Scripture. His mercy moveth him to promise, his truth to perform. "For thy word’s sake" - thy truth - "and according to thine own heart" - thy mere mercy - "hast thou done all these things." [2 Samuel 7:18-21]

And I also will requite you this kindness.] He had punished the Amalekite: he promiseth to requite these Jabeshites. By rewards and punishments duly administered, the public weal is preserved, saith Plato. David could tell that "he that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." [2 Samuel 23:3]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". 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

Kindness and truth, i. e. true and real kindness; not in words only, but also in actions, as you have now done to your king, the Lord’s anointed.

I also will require you this kindness; so far am I from being offended with you for this kindness to my late enemy, that I will requite it.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-2.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.Kindness and truth — Prominent marks of the divine government. Compare Exodus 34:6. Kind to his people by being true to his promises.

I will also requite you this kindness — Rather, I also do you this kindness, namely, the attention and honour shown in the blessings I give you through these messengers. Some have thought that David here promises them future favours, but in that case the words this kindness would refer to their act towards Saul, and make the following because ye have done this thing, redundant.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-2.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

And truth, or a real kindness. God will reward you for the sincere piety which you have shewn towards the dead. (Calmet) --- Will. I do, by these messengers, thank you. (Louis de Dieu)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-2.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

The 20th Seder ends here. See note on p. 366.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-2.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) I also will requite you.—David’s message of kindness and blessing is quite in accordance with his whole bearing towards Saul and his house, and. at the same time, was one of wise policy. The literal rendering is, I also show you this good, the Hebrew not conveying directly the idea of future recompense, as in the English. The thought is that David, as now the rightful king of Israel, appreciates the act, and wishes to show publicly his favour to the men of Jabesh-gilead. He then, in the following verse, suggests the propriety of their now recognising him as the successor of their lost monarch and friend.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-2.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.
the Lord
15:20; Psalms 57:3; Proverbs 14:22; Matthew 5:7; 2 Timothy 1:16-18
I also
9:3,7; 10:2; Matthew 5:44; 10:16; Philemon 1:18,19
Reciprocal: Judges 21:8 - Jabeshgilead;  Psalm 141:6 - for they

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-2.html.