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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Ahithophel

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Ahith'ophel. (brother of foolishness). A native of Giloh, was a privy councilor of David, whose wisdom was highly esteemed, though his name had an exactly opposite signification. 2 Samuel 16:23. (B.C. 1055-1023). He was the grandfather of Bathsheba. Compare 2 Samuel 11:3 with 2 Samuel 23:34.

Ahithophel joined the conspiracy of Absalom against David, and persuaded him to take possession of the royal harem, 2 Samuel 16:21, and recommended an immediate pursuit of David. His advice was wise; but Hushai advised otherwise. When Ahithophel saw that Hushai's advice prevailed, he despaired of success, and returning to his own home "put his household in order and hanged himself." 2 Samuel 17:1-23.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Ahithophel'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/a/ahithophel.html. 1901.

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