|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 18:9 (King James Version)
And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.
- his head
- Riding furiously under the thick boughs of a great oak, which hung low and had never been cropped, either the twisted branches, or some low forked bough of the tree, caught him by the neck, or, as some think, by the loops into which his long hair had been pinned, which had been so much his pride, and was now justly made a halter for him. He may have hung so low from the bough, in consequence of the length of his hair, that he could not use his hands to help himself, or so entangled that his hands were bound, so that the more he struggled the more he was embarrassed. This set him up as a fair mark to the servants of David; and although David would have spared his rebellious son, if his orders had been executed, yet he could not turn the sword of Divine justice, in executing the just, righteous sentence of death on this traitorous son.
- 14 ; 14:26 17:23 Matthew 27:5
- taken up
- Deuteronomy 21:23 ; Deuteronomy 27:16 Deuteronomy 27:20 Job 18:8-10 ; 31:3 Psalms 63:9 Psalms 63:10 ; Proverbs 20:20 ; 30:17
- Jeremiah 48:44 ; Mark 7:10 ; Galatians 3:13