2 Samuel Chapter 16

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2 Samuel 16

1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

And the king said, And where is thy master’s son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.

And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.

And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.

And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:

The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and theLord hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.

Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.

10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?

11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.

12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.

13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill’s side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.

14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.

15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.

16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the king, God save the king.

17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the Lord, and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.

19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father’s presence, so will I be in thy presence.

20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.

22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

38 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 16

  1. Were to start, there’s so much crammed into 23vs’s? Ziba saw David’s escape as an opportunity to prove his loyalty and to gain an advantage over his master Mephibosheth (Jonathan’s disabled son). When David hears that Mephibosheth had remained in Jerusalem, and he readily accepted Ziba’s explanation as true. The other side of the story will be revealed in later 2Sam 19:26. Its dificult to believe that Absalom’s rebellion could have benefited Mephibosheth in any way, given he’s crippled. However, David’s reaction shows that, in spite of his previous kindness to Mephibosheth, he remained suspicious of anyone who belonged to Saul’s house.

    Like this guy Shemei in vs 8-12 also is related to Saul, obviously found pleasure in the fall of a king who had taken the place of his family on the throne. In calling David a blood thirsty man, he may have held David responsible for the murder of Abner (2Sa 3:27) and Ishbosheth (2Sa 4:7). This accusation would apply more justly to the death of Uriah (2Sa 11:15). David recognized that beyond the curse of an angry man, he was perhaps hearing the voice of God rebuking him vs12. He submitted to the correction he deserved, yet hoped in the mercy and goodness of God for the future.

    Now Hushai “David’s friend” was sent by the man of God (David) to Absalom’s side to “defeat the councel of Ahithophel” 2Sa 15:34. His mission was to become the mole to confuse and destroy Absalom’s rebellion. Not many can be trusted to send a message yet alone, spy, decieve and give misleading advice *faithfully*. Interestingly enough Ahithophel is the one who gave Absalom the advice to “take” his fathers concubines on the roof in front of all Israel, boy did he hit David’s curse from God right on the head. The intention was to make reconciliation impossible, as it was the worst public insult to a king, declaring in effect that he was dead, or overthrone. Just like the enemy this too is a counterfiet of the truth. The action was all the more serious because Absalom is David’s son, and therefore deserved a curse for taking his fathers concubines (Gen 49:4). Counterfiets and Legitamates are being raised up into light in this chapter, the undercover good friend (prv 27:10; 18:24), the bad oracle (prv 20:5), the servant looking to run over his master (mat 24:46-51) and the rebellious son (prv 17:25) characters that continue to splash all over the news and the front page of magazines worldwide, characters that will intensify in these last days “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” matt 24:13. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Eph 6:11

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    Wow, this is really dramatic. The thing that helps me the most is the way David handles the rock thrower. This also reminds me of how the KING Jesus was lead out of the city.
    Lord, help us to be humble.

  3. Vs 1/when Ziba brought horses and all kinds of things to the king ….(David ).
    the only Scripture that comes to my mind was when we tell the Lord that we did this for Him and that and prophecied in His name and we really dont know Him or had fellowship with Him on a daily basis …….He will say “I never knew thee depart from me people of iniquity “…
    I hope that no one has to have this happen to them. This is why we should die daily and pick up our cross and follow Jesus everyday.
    This meaning may not have anything to do with the Scripture to some but I understand what Jesus talks to me in my heart everyday about each Scripture that I read. Thank you Jesus for the Scriptures that it reminds me of you everyday.
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    • Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled ….Mathew 5:6

  4. Ahithophel was an adviser to Absalom. Most rulers had advisers to help them make decisions about governmental and political matters. They probably arranged the king’s marriages as well because these were usually politically motivated unions, but God made Ahithophel’s advice seem foolish, just as David had prayed.

  5. 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.

    12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.

    So people curse you and throw stones at you, sometimes those stones are in a way of gossip and lies, so what, why let that get to you or afflict you in any way.

    Matt 10:14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.

    God justice is righteous and just so give it to God and He will see you through.

  6. Ahithophel’s counsel was highly respected in those days . Absom followed it unquestioningly , as his father had done. But when we remember that Ahithophel was bathshsba’s grandfather , we can see how the desire for revenge might determine his particular counsel.

  7. 3 And the king said, And where is thy master’s son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

    7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:
    8 The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and theLord hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.

    21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.
    22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

    Things just keep snowballing against David. Everywhere David turns, there is trouble, but he still puts things into proper prospective, and keeps humble.

    10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
    11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.
    12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.

    As the church, we must also display an attitude of humility, and keep God’s will before our own. When we get puffed up with pride, our ego will Edge God Out.

  8. Ahithophel’s counsel was highly respected in those date. Absalom follows it unquestioningly , as his father had done . But when we remember that Ahithophel was bathsheba’s grand father , we can see how the desire for revenge might determine his particular counsel .

  9. Ahithophel’s counsel was highly respected in those days . Absalom followed it unquestioningly . As his father had done. But when we remember that Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather we can see how the desire for revenge might determine his particular counsel.

  10. TROUBLED ON EVERY SIDE

    11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.
    12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.
    13 And as David and his men went by the way,

    It seemed at this point in David’s life that he was literally
    TROUBLED ON EVERY SIDE:
    his son was cursing him with disrespect, (MSG) 11-12 “Besides,” continued David to Abishai and the rest of his servants, “my own son, my flesh and bone, is right now trying to kill me; compared to that this Benjaminite is small potatoes….
    21-22 Ahithophel told Absalom, “Go and sleep with your father’s concubines, the ones he left to tend to the palace. Everyone will hear that you have openly disgraced your father, and the morale of everyone on your side will be strengthened.” So Absalom pitched a tent up on the roof in public view, and went in and slept with his father’s concubines.

    his friend had betrayed him (MSG) 16 Soon after, Hushai the Arkite, David’s friend, came and greeted Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!” 17 Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this the way you show devotion to your good friend? Why didn’t you go with your friend David?” 18-19 “Because,” said Hushai, “I want to be with the person that God and this people and all Israel have chosen. And I want to stay with him. Besides, who is there to serve other than the son? Just as I served your father, I’m now ready to serve you.”

    At home and abroad David was troubled, this time David did not run and hide the (MSG) version says it clearly 13 David and his men went on down the road,… we need to just go on down the road! “What is a yapping dog to a runaway freight train?”

    The apostle Paul was “TROUBLED ON EVERY SIDE” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
    (KJV) 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

    We may be troubled at times in our life; we must keep moving, keep living, keep believing.

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  11. This chapter shows that people will do whatever it takes to gain power, favor and control. The characters play the situations like a chess game doing this and that to gain an advantage. They go to their masters and give things and advice to make them seem loyal to the cause.

    What we do for the kingdom should not be such. We need to do what we do out of love for Jesus. He died on a cross for our salvation. Serving the Lord is not a chess game, but real.

  12. Wandering like a vagabond, the throne has been overthrown, cursed by a man, rocks thrown at him and his men, his son in rebellion, his concubines taken: this is the consequence of one bad decision.

    The heat of passion, the moment of lust, the fire burned inside of David all because he was not in his place. He was not where he was supposed to be fighting with his men at war.

    David, a man after God’s own heart, discovers quickly what happens when a person chooses to disrespect and defame a relationship with God.

    We should never take for granted our entrance into the holy place. We should never walk into his presence with any attitude but awe and humility.

    Pride and iniquity will cause God to be removed from his place in our lives. This gives place to the devil, removes covering, and hurts our relationship with God.

    The consequences we see in this chapter did not start with David choosing to be with Bathsheba. It started with David not being in the will of God and neglecting his relationship with the Holy one.

  13. V16-18
    David’s friend went to the one who was trying to take over the kingdom and called him king. He forgot that friends stick together he should of went to David the real king from God and say long live the king to david. I thank God that He is a friend that never leaves me never quits but stands with me and leads me.

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    12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.

    David was not perfect… But one of the reasons David is one of my favorite characters in the Bible (beside of course Jesus and also Joseph) is because he was very humble and continued to put his trust in an invisible God. He continued to write psalms of praise and worship no matter what he was going through. Long live the king…and forever live the KING.

  15. And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

    Ahithophel was clearly not living for God but yet he still seemed to have a gift. I know in times past I have questioned how people who choose to walk away from God still seem so blessed or even used of God at times but the Bible tells us that the gifts of God are without repentance. God doesn’t take back a gift just because we walk away. Keeping this in mind challenges me personally not to just trust someone who has talent but to be sure of their walk with God. Many are talented but its where the heart is that matters.

  16. When Shimei came out and cursed David, David chose to walk softly before the Lord. He chose to allow God to fight this battle for him and thought that perhaps the Lord would restore the throne to him. The gut reaction from his leader was to kill this man but wisely David knew that if God was for him, who could stand against him! David responded instead of reacting-which is what we each must do especially in time of stress or duress.

  17. 12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day. KJV

    Friends and family are going to talk about weather it be lies, gossiping and turning folks against you. They are going to try to get the best of us, but we have to hold our heads up high and not let them bother us. Yes it hurts that we are talked about and abused with lies and such, but was God not abused? We as leaders are going to be tried and the Lord is going to see how we handle it, will we handle it on ourselves or will we turn our enemies over to God and let him handle them?

  18. 5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.

    6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.

    7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:

    8 The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and theLord hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.

    13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill’s side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.

    David understood where he was in this situation and trusted God.

    It can be hard when people make accusations against you for you not to verbally defend yourself.

    Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: -1 Peter 2:23

  19. 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

    I read this nd thought of someone I know who backslid. The first time he cussed the people who weren’t in church got mad at him and told him he knew better, he told them y’all cuss all the time. One of the guys told him, yeah but your a church boy. Hushai acted like a backslider but even arrogan absalom knew enough to question it.

  20. 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

    So when David left his son let up his place of dwelling on top of David’s house. It seems to me that this means he was trying to cover up or take place of David’s authority in the natural world. It also says that he went in unto his father’s concubines. He was not trying to hide any of his thoughts in front of Isreal. He was not only taking his house, but also his things inside the house. Absalom had a real issue with taking things over.

  21. And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.

    It is evident in this verse that David had men available at his direction he could have taken matters into his own hands, and Shimei, the accuser, would have been done away with. But he didn’t, he took the low road. This is a great example to us as Christians to pick our battles. Not everything said or done warrants an answer, and by all means we don’t have to have the “last word.”

    Let God fight for us and direct our steps and don’t take everything said or done personal, after all they are not doing it to us, they are doing it to the Lord.

  22. 12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.

    David had faith he knew God was with him. David was surrounded by enemies but yet he kept his cool.

    God knows what is in your heart he knew David wasn’t out looking for trouble, trouble found him.

    Lord give me the strength to see past my enemies because you are in control I glorify you. I seek you Lord deliver me from all enemies.

  23. Trivia Question –

    NATHAN’S PROPHESY

    Is this – 2 Samuel 16:21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.

    22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

    the fulfillment of the prophesy of Nathan in

    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.

    What say ye?

  24. A Leaders Blessing.

    1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
    2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

    King David must had been a great king. I have been reading a leadership book , that it stated that if a leader is respected out of position than the follower will do what the leader says out of respect. But the follower will do willingly what the leader asks because the leader is liked. Therefore King David was liked because Ziba had brought food and drink out the the men of Davids army. Another thing that the book said is that the average person has the ability to impact 10000 other people in 1 life time. So David had to have impacted this mans life in order to bless the men around the king, and the king himself. So in turn we must be wise in all things that we do , because you never know what will be in store for you later down the road for you, your children, your friends, and those that are just around you. If we would make a Godly impact in the 10000 people that we will come into contact with, no telling what would happen in our city!

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  25. Tough Love

    I don’t know the rest of the story but it looks like a lesson is certain to fallow this. I have a hard time believing that David would back down from his son and not put up a fight. Knowing David’s history till this point he wouldn’t let that happen. It looks like David is displaying what my Dad called “tough love”.

    It looks like David is letting Absolom find out for himself what happens when you step out of line in the real world. It seems like I never learned the real lesson until it cost me something.

    Comming soon ……
    The high cost of a bad division.

  26. There will come a time when we may be attacked with words. The important thing is to never let down your guard. The enemy will try to get you loose your temper, but God is saying keep moving forward.

  27. There is so much in this chapter about trust, distrust, betrayal, loyalty, selfishness, selflessness, etc. This verse came to mind:

    Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (Proverbs 27:6 KJV)

    Sometimes we go through seasons where things aren’t quite going as we would like or expect. Perhaps people and relationships are come into question that we never thought we would question, or maybe we find a sudden alliance from someone we didn’t think was walking our same way. I find we must be careful about trying to judge a person’s “true colors” in the midst of the storm. Not only is our judgement likely clouded and highly emotionally charged, but our perspective is limited and we may write off someone we should hold close, or draw near someone we should distance ourselves from.

    It helps to keep connected with God in prayer and the Word and godly counsel and leadership to shine some light in the dark and guide us in the way of wisdom when things seem uncertain around us.

    The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:27 KJV)

  28. I read this chapter last night but I had to let it marinate in me before commenting. I have a very simple thought…here we see the son of Jonathan who was once broken and desolate sending his servant bearing gifts to a king who restored him but is now in a broken place. I am thankful that we serve a God of restoration and that even in our dry and desert places because of the Holy Ghost we can bring comfort to others.
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4

    3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

  29. With all his wifes and concubines it was going to happen. His son Absalom wanted his fathers power ,his throne and was willing to go to any lengths to get it. Davids sins have come back to haunt him.

  30. Bitter Curses —– Stay humbled as David
    did and pray. Most opposition is rooted
    in self-interest.= Bitter curses

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  31. This chapter illustrates perspective. David’s viewpoint was different; “And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse David. We may also be cursed and/or spoken unkindly to for our beliefs, which our reactions will be our measure. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  32. 21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be tstrong.

    22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

    Its pretty severe the judgement that was upon David that his own son would defile Davids wife’s like that. Nathan had prophesied it though he said your judgment would be upon your kids. Here is the fruits and consequences of a bad decision staring David in the face.

  33. Even though Shimei son of Gera was shouting insults and throwing rocks David and his company, David kept a right spirit. Abishai son of Zeruiah wanted to cut his head off for insulting his master the king; but, this was David’s response in verses 10-12 in the MSG….

    “But the king said, “Why are you sons of Zeruiah always interfering and getting in the way? If he’s cursing, it’s because God told him, ‘Curse David.’ So who dares raise questions?” “Besides,” continued David to Abishai and the rest of his servants, “my own son, my flesh and bone, is right now trying to kill me; compared to that this Benjaminite is small potatoes. Don’t bother with him; let him curse; he’s preaching God’s word to me. And who knows, maybe God will see the trouble I’m in today and exchange the curses for something good.” When we are going through something, we must always ask “What does God want me to learn from this?”…”How does God want me to respond to this situation?” and look for the positive victory that is to come to the one who follows God.

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