2 Samuel 4:6

Overview - 2 Samuel 4
The Israelites being troubled at the death of Abner,
Baanah and Rechab slay Ish-bosheth, and bring his head to Hebron.
David causes them to be slain, and Ish-bosheth's head to be buried.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

2 Samuel 4:6  (King James Version)
And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

as though
It is still the custom of the East, according to Dr. Perry, to allow the soldiers a certain quantity of corn, with other articles of provision, together with some pay: and as it was the custom also to grind the corn, as needed, at the break of day, these two captains very naturally went the day before to the palace, where the king's stores appear to have been kept, to fetch wheat, in order to distribute it to the soldiers under them, to be ground at the accustomed hour in the morning. The princes of the East, in those days, as appears from the history of David, reposed on their couches till the cool of the evening: they therefore came in the heat of the day, when they knew their master would be resting on his bed; and as it was a necessary to have the corn before it was needed, their coming at this time, though it might be earlier than usual, excited no suspicion.

2:23 3:27 20:10