2 Samuel 14:22

22 Joab prostrated himself with his face to the ground and did obeisance, and blessed the king; and Joab said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, in that the king has granted the request of his servant."

2 Samuel 14:22 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 14:22

And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself,
&c.] Or bowed so low as to the ground, in reverence of the king:

and thanked the king;
for giving him leave to fetch Absalom home, as if it was a favour done to himself: or "blessed" F19 him; wished all happiness and prosperity might attend him, in consequence of this grant, which he knew would be acceptable to the people:

and Joab said, today thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in
thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request
of his servant;
he might presume upon this, that as the king had given orders at his request to recall Absalom, who had murdered his brother, which was tacitly giving him a pardon; so he would forgive him the murder of Abner, ( 2 Samuel 3:30 ) , and think no more of it; since he perceived now, which he had not so clearly perceived before from that time, that he found grace in his sight, or shared in his favour and good will, as now he saw he did.


FOOTNOTES:

F19 (Krbyw) "et benedixit", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

2 Samuel 14:22 In-Context

20 In order to change the course of affairs your servant Joab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth."
21 Then the king said to Joab, "Very well, I grant this; go, bring back the young man Absalom."
22 Joab prostrated himself with his face to the ground and did obeisance, and blessed the king; and Joab said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, in that the king has granted the request of his servant."
23 So Joab set off, went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
24 The king said, "Let him go to his own house; he is not to come into my presence." So Absalom went to his own house, and did not come into the king's presence.