2 Samuel 15:1

Absalom’s Conspiracy

1 In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him.

Read 2 Samuel 15:1 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.
After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.
After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty bodyguards to run ahead of him.

What does 2 Samuel 15:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 15:1

And it came to pass after this
After the reconciliation of David and Absalom, and the latter was admitted to court again:

that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses;
to make himself look grand and respectable among the people; perhaps he got these from his grandfather at Geshur in Syria:

and fifty men to run before him;
which added to his pomp and magnificence; and such great personages in later time have had; Nero the Roman emperor never went on a journey with less than a thousand calashes or chariots, and a great number of men that ran before him {c}: and this was tacitly setting himself up for king, at least preparing for it, as Adonijah afterwards did in the same way and manner, ( 1 Kings 1:5 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F3 Suetonius in Vit. Neron. c. 30. Vid. Senecae, Ep. 87. & 123.
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