2 Samuel 14:26

Overview - 2 Samuel 14
Joab, suborning a widow of Tekoah by a parable to incline the king's heart to fetch home Absalom, brings him to Jerusalem.
25 Absalom's beauty, hair, and children.
28 After two years, Absalom is brought into the king's presence by Joab.
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2 Samuel 14:26  (King James Version)
And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.
 


when he polled
18:9 Isaiah 3:24 ; 1 Corinthians 11:14

two hundred shekels
If the shekel be allowed to mean the common shekel, the amount will be utterly incredible; for Josephus says that "two hundred shekels make five {min:}" and the {mina,} he says, "weighs two pounds and a half;" which calculation makes
Absalom's hair weigh twelve pounds and a half! But it is probable that the king's shekel was that which Epiphanius and Hesychius say was the fourth part of an ounce, half a {stater,} or two drachms: the whole amount, therefore, of the
200 shekels is about 50 ounces, which make 4 lb 2 oz. troy
weight, or 3 lb 2 oz. avoirdupois. This need not be accounted incredible, especially as abundance of oil and ointment was used by the ancients in dressing their heads. Josephus informs us, that the Jews also put gold dust in their hair.
Genesis 23:16 ; Leviticus 19:36 ; Ezekiel 45:9-14
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