Discuss 2 Samuel 16

  • Chris - In Reply on 2 Samuel 16 - 1 year ago
    It is okay Mark to read the apocryphal books, as you would read many other similar writings. But there were important reasons why they were not allowed into the Canon of Scripture. Reasons such as, apostolic authorship, non-recognition of those books by the Jews, the apostles, even the Lord Himself, historical errors, doctrinal errors, etc., prompted their non-acceptance; even though those books are recognized & incorporated by Roman Catholics & some orthodox churches in their Bibles.

    Tobit (I think you meant to write that) & 1 & 2 Maccabees are amongst those with some errors - not many, yet one needs to have a watchful eye & be led of God's Spirit when reading any material not found in the Word of God that we have in our hands now.
  • Mark on 2 Samuel 16 - 1 year ago
    is reading a bible version with the book of two bit and the books of maccabes Bad or is it ok???
  • Richard H Priday on Psalms 4 - 1 year ago
    As with Psalm 3; we see David in a time of distress; as well as knowing how to rest in the Lord (verse 4 and 8). Verse 5 seems to indicate a similar stance to Psalm 51 in terms of a "broken and contrite spirit" as a proper attitude of worship. 2 Samuel 16:5-14 shows Shimei cursing David. This among other experiences of his enemies could result in the sentiments in verse 6.

    We could also see the concept of election in verse 3 where "God sets apart him that is godly for himself."... The contrast of God's people and his enemies is seen throughout not just Psalms but all scriptures. As with the rest of the Bible David shows patience and kindness towards his enemies; patiently enduring Saul's 21 attempts to kill him; as well as the above example with Shimei. Other enemies God uses to chastise him eventually in some cases are dealt with by Solomon when they step out of line ( 1 Kings 2:29). Absolom also had to be dealt with; but David was grieved at his death (he had to congratulate the armies of Israel or they may have been disgraced so he had to compose himself after the event).

    Whether it was his own sin (such as the Bathsheeba incident; or taking the census for the wrong reasons) or those where he was innocently targeted (such as with the madman Saul); David knew how to seek God; or at least listened to the voice of the prophet Nathan. Probably the emphasis of him being a "man after God's own heart" ( 1 Samuel 13:14) was that he never forgot his humble beginnings as a shephard (see Psalm 23). Solomon; sadly got caught up in accumulating many things and ignored God's clear warnings; hence he was the last great King to rule over both houses of Israel before the Kingdom was rent and went into exile. Nonetheless; the lineage of the Messiah would be fulfilled.
  • Palingal1 - In Reply on 2 Samuel 16 - 2 years ago
    Great commentary, and perspective
  • Grae - In Reply on 2 Samuel 16 - 2 years ago
    David's life was quite complex . He sinned more than once and even though God forgave him , there were still consequences that had to b endured . Because David failed to apply the law correctly when his son Amnon raped his daughter Tamar , this gave occasion for all of Israel including Absalom who was Tamar's brother , to speak against David . And my guess is that they did , Absalom was handsome and he had a just cause in the case of his sister . The seeds were sown hear . It's all very much typical human behaviour . If u have laws then they should b for everyone and should always b applied perfectly . There was no place for forgiveness in the law of Moses . David , as a type of Christ , points to the new covenant of forgiveness in Christ . David is forgiven for his sin regarding Bathsheba and her husband , David forgives his son Amnon but fails to take into account that Absalom and many others probably wanted the law to be applied properly . This is what happens when we try to mix the two covenants , it gets complicated . If we r for the law then we must b for all the law and stick to them all perfectly . We can't pick and choose which laws we r happy with and which we feel like ignoring , or we end up in the same kind of mess that David did . Christ is our righteousness . If righteousness could b achieved under the law then we wouldn't have any need for Christ . He would have died a pointless death .
  • Palingal1 on 2 Samuel 16 - 2 years ago
    I can see, the ripple affects of sin. After David and his sin with Bathsheba, it seemed like God took off his protection from his family, even Absalom went against him. Let's not take sin lightly, because the ripple affects are devastating.
  • Richard H Priday - In Reply on 2 Samuel 16 - 2 years ago
    That is an interesting question. That is in line with the death of many children; before the age of accountability in scripture which in some cases was demanded as part of the destruction of surrounding nations. Ultimately; it can be established that SPIRITUAL death (which is the ultimate punishment of the wicked) is a factor in this chapter-as the righteous and their earthly death is NOT mentioned. That eliminates children from entering hell before the age of accountability; and in fact David's attitude after the period of mourning and fasting indicates that "He cannot go to me; but I shall go to him." It also is instructive that the proper response to David's adultery and consent to the murder of Uriah demonstrated grace; as there was nothing in the law that could prevent being stoned for such an act of treason. It would be better stated that the child's death was a result of David's sin; kind of like a collateral damage. The child certainly was not told he would die because of his own sin; nor as stated above was it any scriptural method to deal with David's sin. Therefore he wasn't held accountable for David's sin; but died as a result of it. Perhaps something as simple as not being protected from illnesses leading to death; or other factors were due to a hedge of protection being removed as a result of David's actions. (Actually the passage is 2 Samuel 12). Nathan's reason of God doing this indicating David's contempt for the Lord or as KJV says reason to blaspheme (v. 14) the child would die. Verse 13 indicates BEFOREHAND David's sin was already forgiven and he shall not die. Perhaps the Hittites related to Uriah would rightly see a righteous man sacrificing himself for the sake of Israel necessitating vengeance. This seems like God's way of vindicating them; who in this case were righteous rather than the King of His chosen nation who needed to be held accountable. Also, Deut. 29:29 shows mysteries of God that we cannot comprehend.
  • GiGi - In Reply on 2 Samuel 16 - 2 years ago
    Hi Charles,

    I think that David had 8 wives. Solomon had 800 wives and concubines.
  • Charles Robert Northup - In Reply on 2 Samuel 16 - 2 years ago
    David had like 800 wives but maybe because he sinned and slept with a married women and had her husband killed, your sins affect your children, The sins of the father our visited upon the children.
  • T Levis - In Reply on 2 Samuel 16 - 2 years ago
    2Samuel 11, 2 Samuel 12, note 2Samuel 12:23,
  • Al Kimble on 2 Samuel 16 - 2 years ago
    David sinned. Why did his child have to die? the question asked because of Ezekiel 18.
  • T. Levis - In Reply on 2 Samuel 19 - 2 years ago
    2 Samuel 9, 2 Samuel 9:3, established honesty, trust & had already served King Saul. Vrs 9-12 established obedience & service to King David & even his own "all that dwelt in his house" became servant to whom King David told him to serve.

    2 Samuel 16:1-4, it was Ziba who met King David while David was in exile with gifts of provision during such a humbling moment ( 2Samuel 15,) 2 Samuel 19:17, 2 Samuel 19:24-30,

    He divided what was Saul's originally 2 Samuel 9:9-10,

    Hopefully this is helpful in your study. Proverbs 25:2
  • T. Levis - In Reply - 2 years ago
    Did you notice? David feared GOD & would not lay his hand on GOD's anointted & felt remorseful for cutting Saul's garment.

    1 Samuel 24:4,5,6 , 1 Samuel 24:10,

    Saul also ripped Samuel's garment 1 Samuel 15:27 however 1 Samuel 15:28-29. Even after remorseful repentance 1 Samuel 15:29,30,35

    Do think the significance of the clothing was a factor? 1 Samuel 2:19, His mother's sacrifice 1 Samuel 1:28

    Saul pursued David to kill him: 1 Samuel 19:1,10,11,15,

    & Saul ordered the prophets of GOD killed, possibly unarmed, their families, livestock & nursing babies included.; 1 Samuel 22:17,18,19 Same Saul that left the enemy King & livestock alive in disobedience to GOD's orders. 1 Samuel 15:1,2,3,8,9,

    Psalms 105:15

    David's mercy 2 Samuel 9:3-7,

    David's sin & judgement: 2 Samuel 12:7,9,11,12,14,18, 2 Samuel 13:1,6,7,8,12,13,14,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,28,29,30,31,32, after years 2 Samuel 14:25,30,31,32, 2 Samuel 15:6,10,12,13,14,16,23,30,31, 2 Samuel 16:3,5,6,7,8,11,13,22, 2 Samuel 17:21,23,29, 2 Samuel 18:5,7,9,10,12,14,15,17,20,27,32,33, 2 Samuel 19:1-4, "the sword did not depart from his house" etc. There were more scriptures about his consequences _.

    Queen Vashti, consequence Ester 1:19, Ester 2:4

    Saul then 1 Samuel 28:3,7,18,19

    David has Psalms of remorseful repentance, gives glory to GOD ALMIGHTY, shows mercy & humility at times. With Saul he shows remorse but didn't read much of repentance, etc.

    However the Bible says: 1 Colossians 1:20,

    Job 12:16

    Hopefully these are helpful in your study.
  • E - In Reply on 2 Samuel 16 - 4 years ago
    I beg to differ.
  • Carlos Angel Rey on 2 Samuel 16 - 6 years ago
    Could this be considered a civil war in Israel?
  • April on 2 Samuel 16 - 6 years ago
    I hope we all can learn from David,he made some mistakes,yes,but he OWNED them and didn't blame GOD for His own ACTIONS and choices,GOD doesn't just follow through with things bc we pray and ask,he also follows through with HIS words,and when we stray from this path,we stray from the straight and narrow,GOD will put us where he wants us,either u can go willgly or struggle and have hardship,U PICK.
  • Peter A. Okebukola on 2 Samuel 16 - 7 years ago
    What a hard time for David. It is prophesy fulfilled: 2 Samuel 12: 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
  • Eaglesrock on 2 Samuel 16 - 9 years ago
    David was reaping what he had sown by killing an innocent man and committing adaultry.
  • Fletcher on 2 Samuel 16:12 - 9 years ago
    King David was very wise and learned because of his great suffering. King David loved God when he went through adversity and considered his ways! He was sensitive to God 's Spirit.
  • Fletcher on 2 Samuel 16:12 - 9 years ago
    King David was very wise and learned because of his great suffering. King David loved God when he went through adversity and considered his ways! He was sensitive to God 's Spirit.
  • Terry on 2 Samuel 16 - 10 years ago
    Absolom went in meaning he had sex w David s wives then when David s kingdom was restored to him these wives were separated from the rest because they had been defiled by Solomon then David had no more marital relations with them
  • Marsha D on 2 Samuel 16 - 10 years ago
    2 Samuel 16 V 22 Stated Absalom went in on to the kings concubines and chapter 20 verse 3stated that they were shut up until death.
    I am just confused please help
  • Jomo Iroha on 2 Samuel 16 - 12 years ago
    Its too educative and always will be neccessary to be revisited.


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