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2 Samuel 3:16

But her husband went with her, weeping as he went, and followed her as far as Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, "Go, return." So he returned.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Abner;   Bahurim;   Conspiracy;   David;   Ish-Bosheth;   Michal;   Phalti;   Treason;   Thompson Chain Reference - Weeping;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Bahurim;   Michal;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Bahurim;   Michal;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Adriel;   Bahurim;   Benjamin;   Dance;   David;   Ishbosheth;   Phalti;   Shimei;   Sirah, the Well of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bahurim;   Michal;   Palti;   Paltiel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abner;   Bahurim;   Phaltiel;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Bahurim ;   Ishbosheth ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Bahurim;   David;   Dwelling;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Mi'chal;   Phal'ti;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Bahurim;   Joab;   Michal;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Abner;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Bahurim;   Covenant;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Weeping behind her - If genuine affection did not still subsist between David and Michal, it was a pity to have taken her from Phaltiel, who had her to wife from the conjoint authority of her father and her king.

Nevertheless David had a legal right to her, as she had never been divorced, for she was taken from him by the hand of violence.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-3.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Bahurim - Best known as the residence of Shimei, and as the place where Jonathan and Ahimaaz were concealed in a well on the occasion of David‘s flight from Absalom 2 Samuel 16:5; 2 Samuel 17:18. It seems to have been situated in the southern border of the tribe of Benjamin, and on the route from Jerusalem to the Jordan fords, since Phaltiel came from Mahanaim 2 Samuel 2:8.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-3.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And her husband went with her along weeping behind her,.... Because of his great affection to her, unwilling to part with her, but forced to it at the command of the king her brother:

to Bahurim; a city in the tribe of Benjamin, 2 Samuel 19:16; perhaps the same with Almon, Joshua 21:18; these two words being of the same signification; and the Targum has it hero Almuth; so Alemeth in 1 Chronicles 6:60. It seems to be the same JosephusF3Antiqu. l. 7. c. 9. sect. 7. calls Bachures, and says it was not far from Jerusalem. BuntingF4Travels, p. 144. says it was something more than a mile towards the northeast, and at this time is a fair castle strongly fortified, standing in a high place, and in the valley near it, at the stone Bohan, Joshua 15:6; see 2 Samuel 17:18,

then said Abner to him, go, return, and he returned; by which it appears that Abner came with her to introduce her to David, without whom he was not to see his face; and he did not choose her husband should go with her any further, and was at his orders obliged to go back, who otherwise would have gladly accompanied her further still, through his great affection for her.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-3.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 3:16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

Ver. 16. And her husband went with her along weeping.] Heb., Going and weeping, as having still a month’s mind - as we say - to a wife so noble and beautiful. So have many to their sweet sins, which yet, for some inconveniences, they are forced to leave, but cannot be drawn to loath. Phaltiel might have taken up that for his motto - Nocet empta dolore voluptas, and so shall all sinners at length,

Habet omnis hoc voluptas,

Stimulis agit fruentes:

Apiumque par volantum

Ubi greta mella fudit,

Fugit et nimis tenaci

Ferit icta corda morsu. ”

- Boet., lib. iii. metr. 7.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-3.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Bahurim; a city of Benjamin, upon the borders of Judah. See 2 Samuel 19:16 1 Kings 2:8.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-3.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

16.Weeping behind her — “There has been much idle talk about the cruelty of taking her away from a man with whom she had lived some years, and who, for all that appears, was a good husband, seeing that he followed her weeping and lamenting, until he was compelled to desist by those who bore her from him. But this was the fruit of his own wrong, which a man always reaps in the long run. He had coveted another man’s wife, and had wrongfully possessed himself of her, knowing well that she belonged to another; and Phaltiel was not the first man, nor the last, who has lamented to be deprived of that which did not belong to him.” — Kitto.

Bahurim — A place a little east or northeast of Jerusalem, beyond the mount of Olives, (compare 2 Samuel 16:1-5,) but its site has not been determined.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-3.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Bahurim, in the tribe of Benjamin. (Adrichomius 28.)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-3.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

along weeping = weeping as he went.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-3.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(16) Weeping behind her.—Phaltiel appears to have been sincerely attached to Michal, and it may be supposed that his affection was reciprocated. But it is to be remembered that she was not rightfully his wife, and that David’s claim was prior as well as better. According to 1 Samuel 25:44, Phaltiel was of Gallim, a place thought, from the connection in which it is mentioned in Isaiah 10:30, to have been in Benjamin, and not far from Gibeah; but he had probably crossed the Jordan with the adherents of the house of Saul. Bahurim was on the road from the Mount of Olives to the Jordan valley, and hence on the way from Mahanaim to Hebron, and a long distance from the former. It was the residence of Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5), and the place of concealment of David’s messengers, Jonathan and Ahimaaz (2 Samuel 17:18).

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:16". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-3.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.
along weeping
Heb. going and weeping.
Proverbs 9:17,18
Bahurim
16:5; 17:18; 19:16; 1 Kings 2:8
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 41:6 - weeping

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