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   Book of 2 Samuel
Chapter 17
Study Resource List
BCC -> Commentary on 17:14
GEB -> Study Notes on 17:14
GUZ -> Commentary on 17:14
JFB -> Commentary on 17:14
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 17:14
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 17:14
TSK -> Entry for 17:14
WEN -> Notes on 17:14
NTB -> Ahithophel; Armies; Council; Diplomacy; Falsehood; Friendship; God (continued); Spies; Strategy; War
TCR -> Ahithophel
TTT -> Providence of God, The; Prudence
ATS -> Ahithophel; Amasa; Hushai
BED -> Evil; Friend, Friendship; Providence of God
EBD -> Ahithophel; Archite; Prayer
HBD -> Absalom; Ahithophel; Marriage; Samuel, Books Of
SBD -> Ahithophel; Archite, The

2 Samuel 17:1-14 Read Chapter | Discuss these Verses ]
1 Ahithophel said to Absalom, "I would F46 choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David. 2 I would F47 attack him while he is weary and weak. I would F48 strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would F49 strike down only the king 3 and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed." 4 This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel. 5 But Absalom said, "Summon also Hushai the Arkite, so we can hear what he has to say." 6 When Hushai came to him, Absalom said, "Ahithophel has given this advice. Should we do what he says? If not, give us your opinion." 7 Hushai replied to Absalom, "The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time. 8 You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops. 9 Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place. If he should attack your troops first, F50 whoever hears about it will say, 'There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.' 10 Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave. 11 "So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba - as numerous as the sand on the seashore - be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle. 12 Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive. 13 If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley until not even a piece of it can be found." 14 Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel." For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.

FOOTNOTES:
F46 Or Let me
F47 Or will
F48 Or will
F49 Or will
F50 Or When some of the men fall at the first attack

 
 

Abbreviations Legend:

BCC - Burton Coffman; GEB - Gill's Exposition; GUZ - David Guzik's Commentaries; JFB - Jamieson, Fausset, Brown; MHC-COM - Matthew Henry Complete; MHC-CON - Matthew Henry Concise; TSK - Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; WEN - Wesley's Explanatory Notes; NTB - Nave's Topical Bible; TCR - Thompson Chain Reference; TSK - Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; TTT - Torrey's Topical Textbook; ATS - ATS Bible Dictionary; BED - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary; EBD - Easton's Bible Dictionary; HBD - Holman Bible Dictionary; SBD - Smith's Bible Dictionary;

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