2 Samuel 19:1
And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.
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19:1-8 To continue to lament for so bad a son as Absalom, was very unwise, and very unworthy. Joab censures David, but not with proper respect and deference to his sovereign. A plain case may be fairly pleaded with those above us, and they may be reproved for what they do amiss, but it must not be with rudeness and insolence. Yet David took the reproof and the counsel, prudently and mildly. Timely giving way, usually prevents the ill effects of mistaken measures.There is not in the whole of the Old Testament a passage of deeper pathos than this. Compare Luke 19:41. In the Hebrew Bible this verse commences the nineteenth chapter. The King James Version follows the Greek and Latin versions. CHAPTER 19

2Sa 19:1-8. Joab Causes the King to Cease Mourning.


Joab by hard words moveth the king to cease his mourning, and show himself to the people, 2 Samuel 19:1-8. The king is brought back by the men of Judah, and Amasa put in Joab’s place, 2 Samuel 18:9-15. Shimei sueth for mercy, and obtaineth it, 2 Samuel 19:16-23. Mephibosheth meeting the king, recovers half his estate, 2 Samuel 19:24-30. Barzillai is dismissed; Chimham his son is taken into the king’s family, 2 Samuel 19:31-40. The Israelites expostulate with Judah for bringing home the king without them, 2 Samuel 19:41-43.

It was told Joab, by his messengers, upon their return.

And it was told Joab,.... When returned to Mahanaim, or on his way to it; perhaps by the messengers he sent; and this report he had before he saw the king:

behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom; for the death of him, instead of rejoicing at the victory obtained, and the deliverance from his enemies.

And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.
Ch. 2 Samuel 19:1-8. David roused from his grief by Joab

2. the victory] The Heb. word means literally the salvation or deliverance. Cp. 1 Samuel 9:16; 1 Samuel 11:3; 2 Samuel 3:18, &c.

2 Samuel 19:1David's mourning, and Joab's reproof. - 2 Samuel 19:1-6. When Joab was told that the king was mourning and weeping for Absalom, he went to him into the house to expostulate with him. 2 Samuel 19:5 introduces the continuation of 2 Samuel 19:1; 2 Samuel 19:2-4 contain parenthetical sentences, describing the impression made upon the people by the king's mourning. Through the king's deep trouble, the salvation (the victory) upon that day became mourning for all the people who had fought for David, and they went by stealth in to the city (לבוא יתגּנּב: they stole to come, came by stealth), "as people steal away who have covered themselves with shame, when they flee in battle."
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