S E C O N D S A M U E L
The date of the events of this chapter is
uncertain. I incline to think that they happened as they are here
placed, after Absalom's and Sheba's rebellion, and towards the
latter end of David's reign. That the battles with the Philistines,
mentioned here, were long after the Philistines were subdued,
appears by comparing 1 Chron.
xviii. 1 with xx. 4. The numbering of the people was
just before the fixing of the place of the temple (as appears
1 Chron. xxii. 1), and that
was towards the close of David's life; and, it should seem, the
people were numbered just after the three years' famine for the
Gibeonites, for that which is threatened as "three" years' famine
(1 Chron. xxi. 12) is
called "seven" years (2 Sam. xxiv.
12, 13), three more, with the year current, added to
those three. We have here, I. The Gibeonites avenged, 1. By a
famine in the land, ver. 1.
2. By the putting of seven of Saul's posterity to death (ver. 2-9), care, however, being
taken of their dead bodies, and of the bones of Saul, ver. 10-14. II. The giants of the
Philistines slain in several battles, ver. 15-22.