2 Samuel 18:9
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New International Version
Now Absalom happened to meet David's men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.

King James Bible
And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.

Darby Bible Translation
And Absalom found himself in the presence of David's servants. And Absalom was riding upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of the great terebinth, and his head caught in the terebinth, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.

World English Bible
Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the sky and earth; and the mule that was under him went on.

Young's Literal Translation
And Absalom meeteth before the servants of David, and Absalom is riding on the mule, and the mule cometh in under an entangled bough of the great oak, and his head taketh hold on the oak, and he is placed between the heavens and the earth, and the mule that is under him hath passed on.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And his head caught hold of the oak - It has been supposed that Absalom was caught by the hair, but no such thing is intimated in the text. Probably his neck was caught in the fork of a strong bough, and he was nearly dead when Joab found him; for it is said, 2 Samuel 18:14, he was yet alive, an expression which intimates he was nearly dead.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

his head Riding furiously under the thick boughs of a great oak, which hung low and had never been cropped, either the twisted branches, or some low forked bough of the tree, caught him by the neck, or, as some think, by the loops into which his long hair had been pinned, which had been so much his pride, and was now justly made a halter for him. He may have hung so low from the bough, in consequence of the length of his hair, that he could not use his hands to help himself, or so entangled that his hands were bound, so that the more he struggled the more he was embarrassed. This set him up as a fair mark to the servants of David; and although David would have spared his rebellious son, if his orders had been executed, yet he could not turn the sword of Divine justice, in executing the just, righteous sentence of death on this traitorous son.

2 Samuel 18:14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with you. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom...

2 Samuel 14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him...

2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey, and arose, and got him home to his house, to his city...

Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

taken up

Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall in any wise bury him that day...

Deuteronomy 27:16,20 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen...

Job 18:8-10 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks on a snare...

Job 31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

Psalm 63:9,10 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth...

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocks at his father, and despises to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out...

Jeremiah 48:44 He that flees from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that gets up out of the pit shall be taken in the snare...

Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, Whoever curses father or mother, let him die the death:

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written...

Library
The Wail of a Broken Heart
'Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale; for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance; and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's Place. 19. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies. 20. And Joab said unto him. Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day; but
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
2 Samuel 13:29
So Absalom's men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered. Then all the king's sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.

2 Samuel 14:26
Whenever he cut the hair of his head--he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him--he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels by the royal standard.

2 Samuel 18:8
The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword.

2 Samuel 18:10
When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, "I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree."

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