and thither they have come, unto the midst of the house, taking wheat, and they smite him unto the fifth rib, and Rechab and Baanah his brother have escaped;
2 Samuel 4:6 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As though they would have fetched wheat - The king's stores were probably near his own dwelling; and these men were accustomed to go thither for provisions for themselves, their cattle, and their men. This supposition which is natural, renders unnecessary all the emendations of Houbigant and others.
As these men were accustomed to bring wheat from these stores, from which it appears there was an easy passage to the king's chamber, (especially if we consider this a summer-house, as it most probably was), no man would suspect their present errand, as they were in the habit of going frequently to that place.
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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 Samuel 2:23 However, he refused to turn aside: why Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib...
2 Samuel 3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly...
2 Samuel 20:10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib...
2 Samuel 4:6 Parallel CommentariesBaanah Ba'anah Belly Body Cleaning Doorkeeper Drowsy Escaped Fetched Fifth Grew Groin House Inner Middle Midst Part Rechab Rib Slept Slipped Smote Stabbed Stomach Struck Thither WheatBaanah Ba'anah Belly Body Cleaning Doorkeeper Drowsy Escaped Fetched Fifth Grew Groin House Inner Middle Midst Part Rechab Rib Slept Slipped Smote Stabbed Stomach Struck Thither WheatTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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