2 Samuel 15:1
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New International Version
In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him.

New Living Translation
After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty bodyguards to run ahead of him.

English Standard Version
After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

New American Standard Bible
Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him.

King James Bible
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After this, Absalom got himself a chariot, horses, and 50 men to run before him.

International Standard Version
Sometime later, Absalom acquired a chariot equipped with horses and recruited 50 men to accompany him.

NET Bible
Some time later Absalom managed to acquire a chariot and horses, as well as fifty men to serve as his royal guard.

New Heart English Bible
And after this Absalom began to furnish himself with a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Soon after this, Absalom acquired a chariot, horses, and 50 men to run ahead of him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

New American Standard 1977
Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men as runners before him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass after this that Absalom prepared himself chariots and horses and fifty men to run before him.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared himself chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

American King James Version
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now after these things Absalom made himself chariots, and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared for himself chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

World English Bible
It happened after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass afterwards, that Absalom prepareth for himself a chariot, and horses, and fifty men are running before him;
Study Bible
Absalom's Conspiracy
1Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him. 2Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate; and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, "From what city are you?" And he would say, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."…
Cross References
1 Samuel 8:11
He said, "This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots.

1 Kings 1:5
Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, "I will be king." So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen with fifty men to run before him.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

A.M.

2 Samuel 12:11 Thus said the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out …

Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people …

1 Samuel 8:11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign …

1 Kings 1:5,33 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will …

1 Kings 10:26-29 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a …

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember …

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 17:19 He loves transgression that loves strife: and he that exalts his …

Jeremiah 22:14-16 That said, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cuts …

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(1) Prepared him chariots and horses.--As a preparation for his rebellion, it was necessary to impress the people with his wealth and splendour. (Comp. 1Kings 1:5, where Adonijah does the same thing.) This was the first use in Israel of chariots and horses as a part of regal pomp.

Verse 1. - After this. The Hebrew is a more precise phrase than that on which we have commented on 2 Samuel 10:1 and 2 Sam 13:1, and implies that Absalom began his devices soon after obtaining his liberty. Chariots and horses; Hebrew, a chariot and horses; that is, a chariot for state occasions, in which Absalom rode, while fifty footmen ran at his side. Probably his grandfather Talmai practised similar magnificence at Geshur. In India it is still common for men of rank to be attended by runners on foot, who will keep up with horses or elephants for an incredible distance. And it came to pass after this,.... After the reconciliation of David and Absalom, and the latter was admitted to court again:

that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses; to make himself look grand and respectable among the people; perhaps he got these from his grandfather at Geshur in Syria:

and fifty men to run before him; which added to his pomp and magnificence; and such great personages in later time have had; Nero the Roman emperor never went on a journey with less than a thousand calashes or chariots, and a great number of men that ran before him (c): and this was tacitly setting himself up for king, at least preparing for it, as Adonijah afterwards did in the same way and manner, 1 Kings 1:5.

(c) Suetonius in Vit. Neron. c. 30. Vid. Senecae, Ephesians 87. & 123. CHAPTER 15

2Sa 15:1-9. Absalom Steals the Hearts of Israel.

1. Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him—This was assuming the state and equipage of a prince. The royal guards, called runners, avant couriers, amounted to fifty (1Ki 1:5). The chariot, as the Hebrew indicates, was of a magnificent style; and the horses, a novelty among the Hebrew people, only introduced in that age as an appendage of royalty (Ps 32:9; 66:12), formed a splendid retinue, which would make him "the observed of all observers."15:1-6 David allows Absalom's pomp. Those parents know not what they do, who indulge a proud humour in their children: many young people are ruined by pride. And those commonly are most eager for authority who least understand its duties.
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