2 Samuel 15:12
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New International Version
While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom's following kept on increasing.

King James Bible
And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counseller, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

Darby Bible Translation
And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city, from Giloh, while he offered the sacrifices. And the conspiracy gathered strength; and the people increased continually with Absalom.

World English Bible
Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. The conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

Young's Literal Translation
and Absalom sendeth Ahithophel the Gilonite, a counsellor of David, out of his city, out of Gilo, in his sacrificing sacrifices; and the conspiracy is strong, and the people are going and increasing with Absalom.

2 Samuel 15:12 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Sent for Ahithophel - When Absalom got him, he in effect got the prime minister of the kingdom to join him.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ahithophel

2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray you...

2 Samuel 16:20-23 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do...

2 Samuel 17:14,23 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel...

David's

Psalm 41:9 Yes, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.

Psalm 55:12-14 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it...

Micah 7:5,6 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom...

John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled...

Giloh

Joshua 15:51 And Goshen, and Holon, and Giloh; eleven cities with their villages:

while he offered

Numbers 23:1,14,30 And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams...

1 Kings 21:9,12 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people...

Psalm 50:16-21 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth...

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind?

Isaiah 1:10-16 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah...

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate.

the people

Psalm 3:1,2 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me...

Psalm 43:1,2 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man...

Library
A Loyal Vow
'And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.'--2 SAMUEL xv. 15. We stand here at the darkest hour of King David's life. Bowed down by the consciousness of his past sin, and recognising in the rebellion of his favourite son the divine chastisement, his early courage and buoyant daring seem to have ebbed from him wholly. He is forsaken by the mass of his subjects, he is preparing to abandon Jerusalem, and to flee as an
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Loyal to the Core
On the other hand, look at Ittai, perfectly free to go, but in order to end the controversy once for all, and to make David know that he does not mean to leave him, he takes a solemn oath before Jehovah his God, and he doubles it by swearing by the life of David that he will never leave him; in life, in death, he will be with him. He has cast in his lot with him for better and for worse, and he means to be faithful to the end. Old Master Trapp says, "All faithful friends went on a pilgrimage years
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 26: 1880

Samuel
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book[1] of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Joshua 15:51
Goshen, Holon and Giloh--eleven towns and their villages.

2 Samuel 15:31
Now David had been told, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." So David prayed, "LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness."

2 Samuel 16:15
Meanwhile, Absalom and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him.

2 Samuel 16:23
Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel's advice.

2 Samuel 17:23
When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father's tomb.

2 Samuel 23:34
Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maakathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

1 Chronicles 27:33
Ahithophel was the king's counselor. Hushai the Arkite was the king's confidant.

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