S E C O N D S A M U E L
David had paid due respect to the memory of Saul
his prince and Jonathan his friend, and what he did was as much his
praise as theirs; he is now considering what is to be done next.
Saul is dead, now therefore David arise. I. By direction from God
he went up to Hebron, and was there anointed king, ver. 1-4. II. He returned thanks to
the men of Jabesh-Gilead for burying Saul, ver. 5-7. III. Ishbosheth, the son of Saul,
is set up in opposition to him, ver.
8-11. IV. A warm encounter happens between David's party
and Ishbosheth's, in which, 1. Twelve of each side engaged hand to
hand and were all slain, ver.
12-16. 2. Saul's party was beaten, ver. 17. 3. Asahel, on David's side, was
slain by Abner, ver.
18-23. 4. Joab, at Abner's request, sounds a retreat,
ver. 24-28. 5. Abner
makes the best of his way (ver.
29), and the loss on both sides is computed, ver. 30-32. So that here we have
an account of a civil war in Israel, which, in process of time,
ended in the complete settlement of David on the throne.