S E C O N D S A M U E L
How do the clouds return after the rain! No sooner
is one of David's troubles over than another arises, as it were out
of the ashes of the former, wherein the threatening is fulfilled,
that the sword should never depart from his house. I. Before he
reaches Jerusalem a new rebellion is raised by Sheba, ver. 1, 2. II. His first work, when
he comes to Jerusalem, is to condemn his concubines to perpetual
imprisonment, ver. 3. III.
Amass, whom he entrusts to raise an army against Sheba, is too slow
in his motions, which puts him into a fright, ver. 4-6. IV. One of his generals
barbarously murders the other, when they are taking the field,
ver. 7-13. V. Sheba is
at length shut up in the city of Abel (ver. 14, 15), but the citizens deliver
him up to Joab, and so his rebellion is crushed, ver. 16-22. The chapter concludes with a
short account of David's great officers, ver. 23-26.