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2 Samuel 23:6

6 But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand.

Read 2 Samuel 23:6 Using Other Translations

But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand;
But the godless are like thorns to be thrown away, for they tear the hand that touches them.

What does 2 Samuel 23:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 23:6

But [the sons] of Belial [shall be] all of them as thorns
thrust away
Not like the tender grass that springs up, and flourishes after rain, and the sunshine upon that; but like thorns, useless, hurtful, and pernicious, and fit only for burning: this is true of wicked men in general, that cast off the yoke of the Lord, and become unprofitable, as Belial signifies; and of wicked governors in particular, who, instead of being helpful, are harmful to a commonwealth; and instead of being the joy and comfort of their subjects, and of giving pleasure to them, and making them cheerful and prosperous, give pain and trouble, and cause grief and sorrow; and are, if possible, to be thrust away, and deposed from government:

because they cannot be taken with hands;
thorns cannot be handled and gently dealt with, but some instrument must be used to put them away with force; so wicked men, and especially wicked rulers, are untractable, and not to be managed in a gentle way, and therefore violent ones must be taken.

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