S E C O N D S A M U E L
Absalom's name signifies "the peace of his
father," yet he proves his greatest trouble; so often are we
disappointed in our expectations from the creature. The sword
entailed upon David's house had hitherto been among his children,
but now it begins to be drawn against himself, with this
aggravation, that he may thank himself for it, for, had he done
justice upon the murderer, he would have prevented the traitor. The
story of Absalom's rebellion begins with this chapter, but we must
go over three or four more before we see the end of it. In this
chapter we have, I. The arts Absalom used to insinuate himself into
the people's affections, ver.
1-6. II. His open avowal of his pretensions to the crown
at Hebron, whither he went under colour of a vow, and the strong
party that appeared for him there, ver. 7-12. III. The notice brought of this
to David, and his flight from Jerusalem thereupon, ver. 13-18. In his flight we are
told, 1. What passed between him and Ittai, ver. 19-22. 2. The concern of the country
for him, ver. 23. 3. His
conference with Zadok, ver.
24-29. 4. His tears and prayers upon this occasion,
ver. 30-31. 5. Matters
concerted by him with Hushai, ver.
32-37. Now the word of God was fulfilled, that he would
"raise up evil against him out of his own house," ch. xii. 11.