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1 And when Sauls sonne heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

2 And Sauls sonne had two men that were captaines of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sonnes of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Beniamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Beniamin:

3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were soiourners there vntill this day.)

4 And Ionathan, Sauls sonne, had a sonne that was lame of his feete, and was fiue yeeres olde when the tidings came of Saul and Ionathan out of Iezreel, and his nource tooke him vp, and fled: and it came to passe as she made haste to flee, that hee fell, and became lame, and his name was Mephibosheth.

5 And the sonnes of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noone.

6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would haue fetched wheat, and they smote him vnder the fift rib, and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

7 For when they came into the house, hee lay on his bedde in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and tooke his head, and gate them away thorow the plaine all night.

8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth vnto Dauid to Hebron, and said to the King, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the sonne of Saul, thine enemie, which sought thy life, and the Lord hath auenged my lord the king this day of Saul and of his seed.

9 And Dauid answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sonnes of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said vnto them, As the Lord liueth, who hath redeemed my soule out of all aduersitie,

10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, ( thinking to haue brought good tidings) I tooke hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would haue giuen him a reward for his tidings:

11 How much more, when wicked men haue slaine a righteous person, in his owne house, vpon his bed? Shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

12 And Dauid commanded his yong men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feete, and hanged them vp ouer the poole in Hebron: but they tooke the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner, in Hebron.

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Commentary for 2 Samuel 4

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Samuel 4

  • BSP
    Verse 10~David didn't wish death on Saul. When a man came to him bragging about killing Saul, David had him put to death.
  • Christ Magnified Glorifying Jesus
    Day 84 of Bible Reading in a Year. The times seem different than ours, but are they really. The divisions as well as the leagues in politics and personal relationships are perhaps even more prominent today, but don't go as deep. I think the OT always makes me wonder about the relationships between God and men; and between men and men. The history is almost wild with ambition - blinding many.
  • A disciple
    Yes, the devil "thought" he was entitled, and the only hindrance to his "entitlement" was the truth itself; which he could simply ignore, oppose and contradict; because he imagined it, he assumed it to be his right. So too was the error and power to deceive the world by the matter of Nimrod, to turn the minds of men everywhere to "naturally" debate and contradict the Authority of the heavens.
  • April
    Hello,so I just got a ping in my brain after reading Deciple's comment,u spoke of Satan being letn,n Saul's situation,and it got me 2 thinking,Satan thought he could OVER THROW the LORD from his from his Thrown,get Angels to turn on him and they could be in our fathers place,they were foolishly deceived,so when sin is there telling us stories,WE r listening,when we GIVE n2 it,allowing Satan in.
  • A disciple
    April; Many are called but few chosen! Judas was called as well as the other disciples, but he gave place to the devil and let sin hide in his heart, till he could no longer stand it, and had to either repent or go all the way and let Satan into his heart to betray the LORD. The same thing happened to Saul, and still does to multitudes today who can't quit sinning and WILL NOT receive instruction!
  • April
    Chell, ALL, I was thinking and I've read many comments throughout some of these chapters,and I got to thinking,David was ANOINTED as well,he as well was chosen by GOD through SAMUEL,so intrestingly enough,Saul at one point didn't know David had been annointed,4 it was done in secrecy,Saul feared for his life,later Saul figured out GOD Was n fact with David,so why would he try to KILL HIM? W/B/L.

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