2 Samuel 15:12

12 And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for[a]1Ahithophel the Gilonite, 2David's counselor, from his city 3Giloh. And the conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom 4kept increasing.

2 Samuel 15:12 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 15:12

And Absalom sent for Ahithophel, the Gilonite, David's
To advise with about this treasonable affair he was engaged in, and to get out of him David's secrets, who was reckoned the best counsellor in the land; and he might rather hope he would come to him, if he was the grandfather of Bathsheba, as say the Jews, ( 2 Samuel 11:3 ) ( 23:34 ) ; since he might be disgusted with and resent David's adultery with Bathsheba his granddaughter, and the murder of her husband Uriah: him he sent for,

from his city, [even] from Giloh;
a city in the tribe of Judah, in the mountainous part of it, near to Hebron, where Absalom now was; and, according to Bunting F9, twenty miles from Jerusalem, see ( Joshua 15:48 Joshua 15:51 Joshua 15:54 ) ;

while he offered sacrifices;
not Ahithophel, but Absalom, his peace offerings at Hebron, to which he invited Ahithophel to come and partake of:

and the conspiracy was strong;
or there was a great number in the conspiracy, who were assembled together:

for the people increased continually with Absalom;
being drawn to him by the comeliness of his person, his affable behaviour, the pomp and magnificence in which he appeared, the great number of the principal inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and he the king's eldest son, and so heir to the crown; whereas it might begin to be rumoured about, that David designed Solomon, a son of Bathsheba, a young prince, to be his successor, which did not meet with general approbation at first.


F9 Travels p. 149.

2 Samuel 15:12 In-Context

10 But Absalom sent secret messengers throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then say, 'Absalom is king at Hebron!'"
11 With Absalom went two hundred men from Jerusalem who were invited guests, and they went in their innocence and knew nothing.
12 And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent forAhithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city Giloh. And the conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom kept increasing.
13 And a messenger came to David, saying, "The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom."
14 Then David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, "Arise, and let us flee, or else there will be no escape for us from Absalom. Go quickly, lest he overtake us quickly and bring down ruin on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword."

Cross References 4

  • 1. ver. 31; 2 Samuel 16:20; 2 Samuel 17:1, 14, 23
  • 2. 1 Chronicles 27:33; [Psalms 41:9; Psalms 55:12-14]
  • 3. Joshua 15:51
  • 4. Psalms 3:1

Footnotes 1

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