2 Samuel 1:11

11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them.

Read 2 Samuel 1:11 Using Other Translations

Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:
Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him.
David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news.

What does 2 Samuel 1:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 1:11

When David took hold on his clothes
Not on the young man's but his own:

and rent them;
on bearing of the death of Saul and Jonathan, see ( Genesis 37:34 ) ; from whence the Jews F12 gather, that a man is bound to rend his clothes for a prince, and for the father of the sanhedrim, since Saul, they say, was the prince, and Jonathan the father of that court:

and likewise all the men that [were] with him;
rent their clothes also, in imitation of him; the same custom obtained among the Gentiles on mournful occasions F13.


FOOTNOTES:

F12 T. Bab. Moed. Katon, fol. 26. 1.
F13 "-----it scissa veste Latinus". Virgil. Aeneid. 12. prope finem.
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