|Overview - 2 Samuel 18|
|1||David viewing the armies in their march gives them charge of Absalom.|
|6||The Israelites are sorely smitten in the wood of Ephraim.|
|9||Absalom, hanging in an oak is slain by Joab, and cast into a pit.|
|19||Ahimaaz and Cushi bring tidings to David.|
|33||David mourns for Absalom.|
2 Samuel 18:8 (King James Version)
For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
- in the wood
- That is, probably, many more were slain in pursuit through the wood than in the battle, by falling into swamps, pits, etc., and being entangled and cut down by David's men. Such is the relation of Josephus; but the Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic state, that they were devoured by wild beasts in the wood.
- Exodus 15:10 ; Joshua 10:11 ; Judges 5:20 Judges 5:21 ; 1 Kings 20:30 ; Psalms 3:7 ; 43:1
- devoured more
- Hebrew multiplied to devour.