2 Samuel Chapter 4
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2 And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:
4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
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Matthew Henry's 2 Samuel Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
Ishbosheth murdered. (1-7) David puts to death the murderers. (8-12)1-7 See how Ishbosheth was murdered! When those difficulties dispirit us, which should sharpen our endeavours, we betray both our heavenly crowns and our earthly lives. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty and ruin. The idle soul is an easy prey to the destroyer. We know not when and where death will meet us. When we lie down to sleep, we are not sure that we may not sleep the sleep of death before we awake; nor do we know from what hand the death-blow may come.
8-12 A person may be glad to obtain his just wishes, and yet really regret the means by which he receives them. He may be sorry for the death of a person by which he is a gainer. These men shed innocent blood, from the basest motives. David justly executed vengeance upon them. He would not be beholden to any to help him by unlawful practices. God had helped him over many a difficulty, and through many a danger, therefore he depended upon him to crown and complete his own work. He speaks of his redemption from all adversity, as a thing done; though he had many storms yet before him, he knew that He who had delivered, would deliver.
Robert's 2 Samuel Chapter 4 comment on 12/31/2012, 10:57pm...
Asahel was killed by Abner by a spear under the fifth rib 2 Samuel 2:23. Abner was killed by Joab Abishai the same way because it was the way Abner killed their brother Asahel 2 Samuel 2:27, 30. Ishbosheth was killed the same way because under the fifth rib is the heart. A well known way to kill someone so as to be sure they would die.
Lillie's 2 Samuel Chapter 4 comment on 11/20/2012, 12:57pm...
Why was everyone smitten under the fifth rib?
Zimba Aaron's 2 Samuel Chapter 4 comment about verse 6 on 10/30/2012, 4:22pm...
Glory be to GOD the almight
Mary's 2 Samuel Chapter 4 comment on 10/20/2012, 11:57pm...
2 Samuel 4:5-10 Principle illustrated: God delivered David from his adversaries so he could slay Saul in Ziklag. Rechab and Ba’anah stabbed and then beheaded Ishbo’sheth while he was sleeping. They brought the head to David and said “the Lord hath avenged my lord the King this day of Saul, and of his seed.” David then told them that God had already delivered him from his adversaries because he had killed Saul at Ziklag. David knew that he had been delivered from his adversaries. In a way I could imagine how David felt when he realized that his adversaries were dealt with. I actually experienced that feeling recently. I was fully committed to do well on a test I had recently and God gave me sweet victory over it! I was so happy that I wanted to start singing the “Doxology,” but I did not because I was still in class. God is so good! I love him so much.
Marie's 2 Samuel Chapter 4 comment on 7/07/2012, 3:29pm...
question? is there a significant to the phrae found in 2 samuel 4 chapter and verse 6. and he "smote him under the fifth rib"
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