Mourning over the unjust death of Abner
| 1 ¶ And when Saul's
son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all
the Israelites were troubled.
2 And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:
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was dead With the strength of ish-bosheth gone the kingdom was
2 - Bands They were apparently like gangs or civil militia.
2 - Beerothite Someone from the city of Beeroth which was a city of Gibeon jos0917 allocated to the tribe of Benjamin jos1825. For Beeroth see map of Jericho vicinity.
| 3 And the Beerothites fled
to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.)
.4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
|2 - Saul's son We move back in time to demonstrate the weakness of Saul's kingdom, then return at v5.|
And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came
about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed
6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.
8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
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the plain Through the Arabah, the Jordan valley.
8 - Avenged my lord the king But David had not acted in hatred or in seeking revenge. The enemy's loss did not bring him pleasure. Oh that more today would understand this principle.
¶ And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon
the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed
my soul out of all adversity,
10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:
11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?
12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
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... hath redeemed David left vengeance to Him de3235,
11 - Require his blood David clearly presented the situation. The men were guilty. Most kings would likely have apprecitaed the wicked act. this reminds us to avoid watching violence on TV.