II Samuel 16
vs. 1-4 – We ran into Ziba back in ch. 9
vs. 5-14 - The cursing of Shimei
v. 9 - Shimei’s revilings were not only painful to
David, but also, depressing to the people
that were with him, and a murmur among
ranks at the king allowing such conduct to
David was in a state of great mental distress & self-
condemnation. He had born sorrow after sorrow since
the day, when by his own great sin, he opened the
floodgates of wickedness, and now the son whom he
dearly loved, and who might never have gone wrong,
except for David’s evil example is seeking both his crown
and his life, and had made David’s cup of sorrow full to the
brim and running over.
It was a relief to have outward affliction to bear - vs. 10-12
and the consoling thought that the Divine chastisement
had a merciful limit.
vs. 15-19 – Hushai meets up with Absalom and plays up
to him – Absalom never suspecting that he is a spy.
v. 21 - Counsel of Ahithophel - Absalom going into David’s
harem was utterly abominable - it was an outrage
which David could never pardon and this was what
Ahithophel wanted. This advice led Absalom on to
a crime which made reconciliation with David
v. 22 - “a tent on top of the house” - How a man’s ways
come home to him - it was while walking on this roof
that David had given way to guilty passion, now it
is the scene of his dishonor - David knew that this
open shame was the punishment of his own secret
In II Samuel 15 and 16 we interesting comparisons of people. Ittai,
Zadok, Abiathar and Hushai have their opposites in Ziba, Shimei
and Ahithophel. Thus is life:
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v. 18 – Hushai evidently laid down a great and sound principle
as the rule of his conduct when he declared that, as for
himself, he was prepared to serve him whom the “Lord,
and this people, and all the men of
Had Absalom been as keen as he was ambitious, he would have seen
that this was a principle which so far could not ensure attachments
to himself, because two of the conditions were not fulfilled at the
present. No doubt he hoped that, in some strange way, his choice
by “this people” would be supplemented by the choice of God and
The fact that David had been anointed by God must have been familiar
to them all. This evidence of his right to reign was clear enough, and
no counter-deposition had come from God; and yet such is the
blindness and desperate nature of men when alienated from God, that
they meditate the destruction of a rule guaranteed from on High.
SIN IS MADNESS AS WELL AS VILENESS!