|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 18:17 (King James Version)
And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent.
- This was the ancient method of burying, whether heroes or traitors; the heap of stones being designed to perpetuate the memory of the event, whether good or bad. The Arabs in general make use of no other monument than a heap of stones over a grave. Thus, in an Arabic poem, it is related, that Hatim the father, and Adi the grandfather of Kais, having been murdered, at a time before Kais was capable of reflection, his mother kept it a profound secret; and in order to guard him against having any suspicion, she collected a parcel of stone on two hillocks in the neighbourhood, and told her son that the one was the grave of his father, and the other of his grandfather. The ancient cairns in Ireland and Scotland, and the tumuli in England, are of this kind.
- Joshua 7:26 ; 8:29 10:27 Proverbs 10:7 ; Jeremiah 22:18 Jeremiah 22:19