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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: 2 Samuel 2

Chapter 2

And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.


5:19,23 Numbers 27:21 Judges 1:1 1 Samuel 23:2,4,9-12 30:7,8 Psalms 25:4,5 Psalms 27:4 143:8 Proverbs 3:5,6 Ezekiel 36:37


11 5:1-3 15:7 Genesis 32:2 Numbers 13:22 Joshua 14:14,15 1 Samuel 30:31 1 Kings 2:11 1 Chronicles 29:7

So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.

1 Samuel 25:42,43 30:5 Luke 22:28,29

And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

his men

1 Samuel 22:2 27:2,3 30:1,9,10 1 Chronicles 12:1-7

the cities

Joshua 21:11,12

And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.

the men of Judah

11 19:11,42 Genesis 49:8-10


7 5:3,5,17 1 Samuel 16:13 1 Chronicles 11:3

the men of Jabesh-gilead

1 Samuel 31:11-13

And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.


This was a generous and noble act, highly indicative of the grandeur of David's mind. He respected Saul, though he had been greatly injured by him, as the anointed king of Israel, and once his legitimate sovereign; and he loved Jonathan as his most intimate friend.


Ruth 1:8 2:20 3:10 1 Samuel 23:21 24:19 25:32,33 Psalms 115:15

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

Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

let your

10:12 Genesis 15:1 1 Samuel 4:9 31:7,12 1 Corinthians 16:13 Ephesians 6:10


Heb. the sons of valour.

But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;


1 Samuel 14:50 17:55 26:14

Saul's host

Heb. the host which was Saul's. Ish-bosheth.

3:7,8 4:5,6 1 Chronicles 8:33 9:39



17:26,27 Genesis 32:2

And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.


Numbers 32:1-42 Joshua 13:8-11 Psalms 108:8


The LXX. read [ ] Thasiri; and the Vulgate Gessuri, "Geshurites;" but it is probable that for ashuri, "Ashurites," we should read ashairi, "Asherites," or those of the tribe of Asher.

Genesis 30:13 Numbers 1:40

over Jezreel

Joshua 19:18

Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

two years

Houbigant proposes to read shesh shanah, "six years" instead of shetayim shanim, "two years," of the text, which he contends is a solecism; for, in pure Hebrew, the words should be shetayim shanah; and this is the reading of twenty MSS.; but two is acknowledged by all the versions and MSS. yet collated.

And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.


Heb. number of days.

5:4,5 1 Kings 2:11 1 Chronicles 3:4 29:27

And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.

A. M. 2951. B.C. 1053. An. Ex. Is. 438. Mahanaim

17:14 Genesis 32:2


Joshua 9:3 10:2,4,12 18:25

And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool.


18 8:16 20:23 1 Kings 1:7 2:28-35 1 Chronicles 2:16


Heb. them together. pool.

Jeremiah 41:12

And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

play before

17,26,27 Proverbs 10:23 17:14 20:18 25:8 26:18,19

And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.

by the head

Probably by the beard or hair of the head. Plutarch, in his Apophthegms, informs us, that all things being ready for a battle, Alexander's captains asked him whether he had any thing else to command them. "Nothing," said he, "but that the Macedonians shave their beards." Parmenio wondering what he meant, "Dost thou not know," said he, "that in fight, there is no better hold than the beard?"


that is, the field of strong men.

And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.



And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.


1 Chronicles 2:15,16 11:26

was as light

1:23 1 Chronicles 12:8 Psalms 147:10,11 Ecclesiastes 9:11 Amos 2:14


Heb. his feet. a wild roe. Heb. one of the roes that is in the field.

Psalms 18:33 Song of Solomon 2:17 8:14 Habakkuk 3:19

The word {tzevee,} rather denotes the gazelle or antelope

(See note on De 15:22.)

And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.


21 Joshua 1:7 23:6 2 Kings 22:2 Proverbs 4:27

following Abner

Heb. after Abner.

And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.

and take thee

It seems that Asahel wished to get the armour of Abner as a trophy.


or, spoil.

Judges 14:19

And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?


2 Kings 14:10-12 Proverbs 29:1 Ecclesiastes 6:10

how then


Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.

the fifth rib

3:27 4:6 5:6 20:10

stood still


Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?


14 Acts 7:26


11:25 Isaiah 1:20 Jeremiah 2:30 12:12 46:10,14 Hosea 11:6

it will be

16 Proverbs 17:14

how long

Job 18:2 19:2 Psalms 4:2 Jeremiah 4:21

And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

As God

This was spoken in allusion to the proposal of Abner, (ver. 14,) which led to the slaughter of twelve young men of each party, and thus provoked the battle. It is probable, that Joab had orders simply to act on the defensive, and would not have attacked the Israelites that day unless compelled; therefore the blame lay upon Abner and Israel.

1 Samuel 25:26 Job 27:2


14 Proverbs 15:1 17:14 20:18 25:8 Isaiah 47:7 Luke 14:31,32

in the morning

Heb. from the morning. gone up. or, gone away.

And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim.


Bithron or Bether is probably the same as Betarus, which is placed in the Antonine Itinerary between Caesarea of Palestine and Diospolis or Lydda, 18 miles from the former, and 22 from the latter. The Jerusalem Itinerary mentions a place called Bethar, 16 miles from Caesarea, and 20 from Diospolis, which is probably the same. The Talmudists say that it was four miles distant from the sea.

Song of Solomon 2:17



But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.

three hundred

The slain of Israel, though greatly exceeding those of Judah, were not great. This might be owing to the directions given by David, to be as lenient as possible; but the death of Asahel seems to have stopped the pursuers, and greatly favoured the escape of the vanquished.

3:1 1 Kings 20:11

And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.


1 Samuel 17:58 1 Chronicles 2:13-16 2 Chronicles 16:14 21:1


5:1 Proverbs 22:29