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2 Samuel 20:11

Now there stood by him one of Joab's young men, and said, "Whoever favors Joab and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab."
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Abishai;   Amasa;   Joab;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Sheba;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Amasa;   Joab;   Sheba;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Sheba (1);   Holman Bible Dictionary - Abel-Beth-Maachah or Abel-Beth-Maacah;   Gibeon;   Rizpah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Amasa;   Joab;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Amasa ;   Bichri ;   Sheba ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Da'vid;   She'ba;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He that favoureth Joab - As if he had said, There is now no other commander besides Joab; and Joab is steadily attached to David: let those therefore who are loyal follow Joab.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-20.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He that favoreth Joab … - This speech, addressed to Amasa‘s followers as well as Joab‘s, shows very distinctly that the rivalry between Joab and Amasa, and David‘s purpose to make Amasa captain in Joab‘s room, were well known; and shows also the real reason why Joab killed Amasa. What is added, “and he that is for David,” was intended to identify Joab‘s cause with David‘s, and also to insinuate that Amasa had not been loyal to David (2 Samuel 20:5 note).

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-20.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And one of Joab's men stood by him,.... By the body of Amasa; no doubt by the order of Joab, to satisfy the people as they came up, and reconcile them to this fact, and to exhort them not to stop, but to follow after Joab; for though Amasa their general was dead, Joab had taken the command of the army, and the pursuit was carried on with as much rigour as ever:

and said, he that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab: he that likes Joab should be general, and is in the interest of David, let him make no stay here, but follow after Joab; Joab and David are put together, as if their interests were the same; though there seems to be an indecency in placing Joab first.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-20.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And one of Joab's men h stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that [is] for David, [let him go] after Joab.

(h) He stood by Amasa at Joab's appointment.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-20.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.

One — Left there on purpose to deliver the following message.

Favoureth Joab — He that would have Joab to be general, rather than such a perfidious rebel as Amasa.

For David — He that wisheth David good success against Sheba, and against all rebels.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-samuel-20.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 20:11 And one of Joab’s men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that [is] for David, [let him go] after Joab.

Ver. 11. And one of Joab’s men stood by him.] This soldier was left there by Joab to justify the fact, and to advise them to march on, notwithstanding it. One interpreter saith that these words are a bitter jeer of a certain servant insulting over dead Amasa, and extolling the wicked act of his master Joab.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-20.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

One of Joab’s men, left there on purpose to deliver the following message.

He that favoureth Joab; he that would have Joab to be general, rather than such a perfidious rebel and traitor as Amasa.

He that is for David; he that wisheth David good success against Sheba, and against all rebels; whereby he implies that though this fact of his was done against the king’s command, yet it was for his interest and defence.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-20.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

11.One of Joab’s men stood — Doubtless he was instructed to do so by Joab himself.

By him — By the bloody corpse of Amasa.

He that favoureth Joab’ after Joab — There is no other commander now, and his heart is still loyal to David. Thus Joab’s bold and fearless action defeats the purposes of his king.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-20.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Some men. The same author [Josephus?] and the Hebrew only mention "one of," &c. (Haydock) --- Behold. Thus they insult over him, being attached to Joab. Hebrew, "Who loves Joab? and who is David? Let him follow Joab;" or, "who is this who wished to supplant Joab? and who desired to be in David's favour, after Joab? (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-20.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.

He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab. On the fall of Amasa, Joab of his own accord, assumed the command; and it is a striking proof of his unrivalled influence over the army, that with this villainous murder perpetrated before their eyes, they unanimously followed him as their leader in pursuit of Sheba. A soldier conjoined his name with David's, and such a magic spell was in the world. "Joab," that all the people "went on" - Amasa's men as well as the rest. The conjunction of these two names is very significant. It shows that the one could not afford to do without the other-neither Joab to rebel against David, nor David to get rid of Joab, though hating him.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-20.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(11) One of Joab’s man.—Com. 2 Samuel 20:7. Time was too precious for Joab himself to wait. He must put down the rebellion of Sheba by rapid action, and thereby render himself impregnable in the high office which had been his, and which he had now again usurped. He left one of his trusty men, however, by the body of Amasa, with a battle cry which should suggest that he had rightly been put to death for his doubtful loyalty, and that all who were attached to Joab and loyal to David should follow Joab. Joab’s real motive for murdering Amasa, as for murdering Abner (2 Samuel 3:27), was personal jealousy and ambition.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-20.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.
He that
6,7,13,21
for David
4; 2 Kings 9:32
Reciprocal: Exodus 32:26 - Who is on

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 20:11". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-20.html.