2 Samuel Chapter 14

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2 Samuel 14

1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s heart was toward Absalom.

And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:

And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.

And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.

And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote the other, and slew him.

And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth.

And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I will give charge concerning thee.

And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father’s house: and the king and his throne be guiltless.

10 And the king said, Whoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.

11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember theLord thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the Lord liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.

12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.

13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished.

14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid.

16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God.

17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the Lordthy God will be with thee.

18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my lord the king now speak.

19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:

20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.

21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.

22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.

23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king’s face.

25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.

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, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king’s weight.

27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king’s face.

29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.

30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.

31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?

32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king’s face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.

33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.

23 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 14

  1. David is asked by the woman Joab hired to give judgement to her story. Much like the story the Nathan told David, once judgement is given then David renders the same to his own son. Nathan and this woman both make David think through situations and see them for what the truth is.

    We need a freind in the Lord, like our pastor that is not afraid to tell us the truth about ourselves so that we can make right decisions.

  2. In the middle of these passages about rape, murder, revenge and rebellion, we find a description of Absolom’s beauty vs25-26. It is probably placed here to to set the stage for Absalom’s use of his good looks and charm to attempt the take over of his father’s throne (2 Sa 15:1-6). The source of Absalom’s beauty, is considered his thick hair (which was deemed as attractive in their day) is perhaps what causes his head to become entangled in a tree branch, contributing to his death (2 Sa 18:9).

    It is human nature to follow beautiful people. The Israelites turn to Absalom because of his charm and handsomness, and truly today people do the same. In choosing whom we will appoint as our leaders and whom we will follow, we would be wise to remember that “the Lord doesn’t look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (2 Sa 16:7).

  3. Two questions come to mind after reading about the the senario between Joab, the wise women of Tekoa, and David. 1st ..Why did Joab feel the need to send her, and not inquire of the king himself vs1-2? 2nd…How in the world in David know that she was sent by Joab vs19?

    David faces a major dilemma: Was he first a father or a king? His beloved son Absalom had been in exile for 3yrs after killing his other son Amnon out of revenge for his daughter Tamar’s rape. Their is no reason to need to watch soap operas, just read the Bible their are many tangled webs right here. David longed for his son but could not justify the return of a murderer. Joab sensed the king’s inner conflict and believed that Absalom would be a good successor to the throne. To change Davids mind, he sought out a women of unusual ability, a good actress, quick-witted, and subtle. The wise women of Tekoa was well known for her talent with speech and intrigue. So she agreed to play the part of a greiving widow who’s son killed the other, and he is now being persued for murder. If he died she would be left alone, without resource or heir to the family name. Tekoa is far enough from Jerusalem that her story cannot be easily verified. Her presentation was brilliant, with vivid imaginery…consider vs

    14 “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.”

    she compares the passing of our days to water that is poured out on the ground and cannot be recaptured. This also applied to David’s own life and his need for a successor and emphasized how little time may have been left for reconcilliation with Absalom. The woman remined David of the mercy God shows sinners. He had provided cities of refuge for murderers (Nu 35:15). She may also have meant that David himself had deserved to die but was granted forgivness (2 Sa 12:13). With this striking image, she manages to encouage the king to pardon his son while their is still time. She did all of this insisting that he commit himself in her favor without giving away the real purpose of her mission. With tact and respect she, prompted David to follow his own inclination and call Absalom back to Jerusalem. This womans charm and eloquence made her speech one of the finest recorded in the Bible, but perhaps by pleading Absalom’s case, she did not use her wisdom toward a worthy cause. A woman’s influence, like all God-given resources should be excercised with responsible stewardship. God was actually using this situation to bring judgment on both David and Absalom. Its possible that David knew Joab had sent her because he was aware of David’s past of his harkening to wise women..hence his now wife Abigal. It is wise for us to work as God sends us along, not out of carnality, and with a descerning spirit.

  4. Just Do It! Say No To Loose Ends!

    28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king’s face.

    29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.

    30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.

    31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?

    There’s something to be said about tying up loose ends.

    32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king’s face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.

    Absalom was perhaps getting a taste of his own medicine, having to wait in a place of vulnerability for two years while his fate seemingly lay in the hands of another who didn’t seem in a hurry to do anything about it. There are different ways I see you can look at this chapter as it plays out, including:

    1) concerning Absalom, be careful what you sow, because there will come a season to reap

    2) as Joab learned, your actions (or lack thereof) can spark or fan the flame of a fire in somebody, which can reach a breaking point that may just leave you burned

    3) as David encountered, sometimes you just gotta speak up and stand up and deal with a situation (he left Absalom unknowing about his fate because he wouldn’t voice his favor towards his son or do anything to indicate he intended to spare him)

    Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. (Proverbs 17:28 KJV)

    BUT…

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: … A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 KJV)

    A fool may seem at his best in silence, but in a season for speaking, silence may be the root of great trouble and be anything but wise, especially for one who is equipped with wisdom to speak (I’d imagine this speaks to “action v. inaction” as well.) We do well to take inventory of the loose ends in our lives, and then start doing something positive about it. Not everything can get all squared away in one day but we can at least start today in taking care of business.

    No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:4 KJV)

    Just say no to loose ends! If you don’t take care of it, you may wake up one day and realize it is fixin’ to take care of you…

  5. There is nothing like being on the presence of the King.

    Absalom knew that being in Gusher he was safe, a city of protection; but it was not his father’s house. It wasn’t comfortable, it was not his, he wanted to be home in his father’s presence.

    Men was created to worship God, when we grow with out guidance we continue in this world, we crave & desire something that will fill that gab, with no avail. The only way we will feel complete, is returning to the kingdom, returning to His Presence. Nothing else will do, no matter how peaceful, no matter how safe, nothing can compare to His Presence. Let us never forget that in time of trouble He is the Tower we can run into & we are saved.

  6. FIRES OF DESPERATION

    29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.
    30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.
    31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?
    32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king’s face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.
    33 So Joab came to the king,

    Whatever or Whoever is keeping you from the King today; Set yourself and his fields on FIRE!

    My prayer today is that desperation will burn so hot and deep in our hearts that we will not be able to extinguish the passion to see the King. After 2 years of patiently waiting to see the King, Joab became desperate and took a big risk of starting a FIRE.

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  7. The Power of Speech.

    20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.

    Do we ever think of what is coming out of our mouths? God hears ever word weither good or bad. He even knows the things we will say before we say it. people know who you hang around by the words that come out. This is what happened to the woman. Joab told her what to say , and when she said it, the king knew because of the type of speech she was saying. We must have the speech of God in our mouths. To be effective in our city, we must not allow the things of this world to corrupt our thoughts, and our speech. People know and hear what you are saying.

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    30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.

    IF YOU EVER REALLY WANT TO GET SOMEONE’S ATTENTION, JUST SET THEIR GRASS ON FIRE.

    Of course it might just get the police and fire departments attention too.

  9. actions speak louder than words. kind and respectful words are useful but when they don’t get the job done, actions will do the trick.

    just saying praise is wonderful but showing it and saying it is greater.

  10. It didn’t take David long to recognize the speech of Joab when listening to this woman’s story. When confronted she admits that Joab was behind it all. David does understand the scenrio [resented to him so he does send for Absalom. But God has not picked Absalom for the successor to his throne. Absalom needed to have stayed where he was because he did murder his brother. Amnon should have been judged but wasm’t and Absalom took matters into his own hands, but shouldn’t have. So there’s a situation now that God has to intervene in. Absalom dies because he left a city where he had been safe and also he tries to underhandedly overthrow King David.

  11. 28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king’s face.

    What pain and rejection that Absalom must have felt to have spent 2 years without being able to seek the face of his father. I think God that daily I have the option to seek His face. I would not want to go a day without seeking my heavenly Father’s face, much less 2 years…

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    “Unrepented”

    And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king’s face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me. (2 Samuel 14:32 KJV)

    This reminds me of the children of Israel

    • when they came out of Egypt. And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. (Numbers 11:1 KJV)

  13. We all die sometime. Water spilled on the ground can’t be gathered up again. But God does not take away life. Vs14 MSG

    This verse is powerful, we should replace the word die in the first sentence with the word sin. “we all sin sometimes” it’s what we do afterwards that shows our walk with God. We can’t take back in once committed, all we can do is repent nd keep on living for God.

  14. For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. (2 Samuel 14:14 KJV)
    Must needs= have to
    Water spilled on the ground-if it is your drinking water it leaves you thirsty. If it is washing water then you are left dirty. If it is cooking water you will be hungry. It means you have to go get more water if that’s what you want.

    No respecter hog Perron- God doesn’t care who you

  15. It seems to me absalom should have taken these steps earlier.

    When we want something God don’t wait, go after it withe everything

    The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent taketh it by force

  16. When Joab sent the woman from Tekoa to talk with the King David about her story, the woman responded to the King as to why Joab had sent her in verse 20 in the NLT….”He did it to place the matter before you in a different light. But you are as wise as an angel of God, and you understand everything that happens among us!” After hearing her out, David does see it in a different light and brings Absalom home. Sometimes, others (Pastor, Parents, Elders, etc.) may see things in our lives that need correction. We need to always keep an open and right spirit in receiving that correction.

    Verse 14 NLT reads…..”All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” There is room in the house of God for everybody! God does not give up on us or anybody and neither should we, we have to keep fighting for the backslider, the one who still doesn’t know him and keep lifting each other up in prayer.

  17. 19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in
    the mouth of thine handmaid:

    I don’t quite understand why Joab had this woman speak these words to David. Was he to scared to tell him his self? Not sure but it is obvious he got caught in his sin of telling lies.

  18. 24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face.
    So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king’s face.

    Restoration without reformation is fatal
    Saving face and reconciliation presents a contradiction.
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  19. This chapter illustrates trickery. “Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the Lordthy God will be with thee.” Although not always disclosed God still speaks. One can rest assured the heart will always show forth the truth of a matter, which the reality is the Judge (Jesus) already knows. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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