2 Samuel 14:17

Overview - 2 Samuel 14
Joab, suborning a widow of Tekoah by a parable to incline the king's heart to fetch home Absalom, brings him to Jerusalem.
25 Absalom's beauty, hair, and children.
28 After two years, Absalom is brought into the king's presence by Joab.
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2 Samuel 14:17  (King James Version)
Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.

Hebrew for rest. as an angel.
This is very much like the hyperbolical language which is addressed by the Hindoos to an European when they desire to obtain something from him: "Saheb," say they, "can do every thing
No one can prevent the execution of Saheb's commands. Saheb is God." Though the expression may be imputed to the hyperbolical genius of these countries, yet there was, perhaps, more of real persuasion than we are apt to suppose. Sir John Chardin states, that having found fault with the king of Persia's valuation of a rich trinket, the grand master told him that if a Persian had dared to have done such a thing, it would have been as much as his life was worth. "Know," said he, "that the kings of Persia have a general and full knowledge of matters, as sure as it is extensive; and that, equally in the greatest and smallest things, there is nothing more just and sure than what they pronounce."
20 ; 19:27 1 Samuel 29:9 ; Proverbs 27:21 ; 29:5

to discern
Hebrew to hear.
1 Kings 3:9 1 Kings 3:28 ; Job 6:30 ; 1 Corinthians 2:14 1 Corinthians 2:15 ; *marg:
Hebrews 5:14