2Sa 4:1, 2.
Baanah and Rechab Slay Ish-bosheth, and Bring
His Head to Hebron.
4. Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame
of his feet—This is mentioned as a reason why, according to
Oriental notions, he was considered unfit for exercising the duties of
5, 6. Rechab and Baanah went and came about the
heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, &c.—It is
still a custom in the East to allow their soldiers a certain quantity
of corn, together with some pay; and these two captains very naturally
went to the palace the day before to fetch wheat, in order to
distribute it to the soldiers, that it might be sent to the mill at the
accustomed hour in the morning.
7. when they came into the house, he lay on his
bed—Rechab and Baanah came in the heat of the day, when they
knew that Ish-bosheth, their master, would be resting on his divan; and
as it was necessary, for the reason just given, to have the corn the
day before it was needed, their coming at that time, though it might be
a little earlier than usual, created no suspicion, and attracted no
gat them away through the plain—that
is, the valley of the Jordan, through which their way lay from Mahanaim
8. They brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David
… and said, Behold the head of Ish-bosheth—Such bloody
trophies of rebels and conspirators have always been acceptable to
princes in the East, and the carriers have been liberally rewarded.
Ish-bosheth being a usurper, the two assassins thought they were doing
a meritorious service to David by removing the only existing obstacle
to the union of the two kingdoms.
2Sa 4:10-12. David Causes
Them to Be Put to Death.
12. slew them, and cut off their hands and their
feet—as the instruments in perpetrating their crime. The
exposure of the mutilated remains was intended as not only a punishment
of their crime, but also the attestation of David's abhorrence.