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.

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.

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.

4 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.

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 the Lord 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.

9 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.

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38 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 16

  1. 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.

  2. Verse 14 NLT “The king and all who were with him grew weary along the way, so they rested when they reached the Jordan River.[d]” Same verse in NIV “The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.” Same verse MSG “By the time they reached the Jordan River, David and all the men of the company were exhausted. There they rested and were revived.” It is time to be revived, refresshed and rested in the Lord.

  3. 13. So they traveled on their way; and Shimei followed, too, along the hill opposite them, shouting curses and throwing stones and flinging dust. Voice

    So what, if the world throws words and dirt at you? You are chosen and anointed, and their flinging has no affect. God sees and knows, and everyone is watching your reaction.

    What is a yapping dog to a speeding freight train?

  4. 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.

    This is where confirmation with the Word of God comes in. Ahithophel spoke so wisely it was as if it was coming straight from an oracle. Be careful with even the wisest counsel. Just because it sounds good it could still lead you down the wrong road. Pastor says all the time that if what he says doesn’t line up with the Word of God then we have a problem. Seek God. Seek His Word. He is the Great Counselor.

  5. Be cautious for unexpected gifts.

    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.

    David had to ask, what is the purpose for these gifts? There are some people who give with ulterior motives in mind. Some may think that if the gift is extravagant enough the person will show favor towards me in a certain situation and the rewards will outweigh the gift. On the other hand, there are some people who give with no thought of return; only blessing the recipient. Unfortunately, the latter group is becoming more and scarcer these days.

    It is acceptable to ask the purpose of an unexpected gift. Try and discern the purpose. David did not refuse these gifts as they were given in the right spirit. Sometimes, the Lord will send things our way as a token to help us remember He loves and to be a blessing.

  6. 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.

  7. Bad council

    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.

    Be very careful of whom you allow to speak into your life. Ahitophel advice goes against the Law of God. For many times it says not to lay with your father’s wife. I know this were concubines but in the eyes of God they are the same. Leviticus 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord.
    7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. 1 Cor 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

    Society still looks negatively upon this but we watch news and it brakes my heart to hear the many cases of incest. That was one of the reasons I stop working in the legal system for the cases were so many that it pollutes anyone’s heart.
    May the Lord help our nation fall on their face in repentance and return to Him in Jesus Name Amen

  8. 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.

  9. 9 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?

    It’s amazing the attitude of David. He had the power to destroy anyone he wanted but instead he showed mercy. I believe it was a direct result of the mercy and kindness that he was shown when he made his mistakes. He knew how it was to need mercy so he extended it himself

  10. 2 Samuel 16:13-14 (KJV), “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. And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.”

    2 Samuel 16:13-14 (MSG), “David and his men went on down the road, while Shimei followed along the ridge of the hill alonside, cursing, throwing stones down on them, and kicking up dirt. By the time they reached the Jordan River, David and all the men of the company were exhausted. There they rested and were revived.”

    Thank You JESUS for the Holy Ghost! Isaiah 28:12, “To whom he said, This is the REST wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the REFRESHING:…”

    When we become weary, the HOLY GHOST is our REST, REFRESHING, and REVIVING.

  11. 2 Samuel 16: 9 Then AbisHai son of Zeruiah said to the king why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head. But the king said what does this have to do with you you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him curse David who can ask why do you do this? David then said to Abishai and all his officials my son my own flesh and blood is trying to kill me. How much more than this Benjamite! Leave them alone let him curse for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore me to his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.

  12. THE OLD BATTLE IS NOT WORTH FIGHTING

    9 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.

    Forgiveness is a recognizable quality of a seasoned saint of GOD. Quarrels and Divisions are signs of carnality. King David is facing a revolting son and a divided Kingdom, he has no time for old dead dog battles.

    King David teaches us that we need not answer every critic, nor every curse and accusation. King David had already settled in his life the dispute and battle with Saul. However, it is obvious that there was still contention, animosity and anger from Sauls descendants.

    Once an offense or battle is forgiven, it is time to move on to current need, opportunities and situations.

    King David reveals wisdom and leadership by ignoring the cursing rant from a past victory. May JESUS help us to FORGIVE one another and ignore the dead dogs of past battles that are distractions from where we are going and NOT WORTH FIGHTING.

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  13. 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.
    My former bishop use to say “Let the dogs bark, and let the truck roll”!!
    You know people will always be talking about ya or trying to hurt you because they don’t want to see you successfull. We ought to rise above that and know that God has a plan to be fullfilled so don’t get caught up on trying to get even! GOD is my ADVENGER!

  14. 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.

    The advice given in vs 21 makes no sense, but is readily taken by Absalom. He hasn’t listened to the right voices from the beginning of taking over David’s kingdom. He is motivated by anger, jealousy and now by pride. We must try to realize our own motives to discern if we are trying to please God with our actions or words or trying to please ourselves. God’s word will never lead us astray.

  15. 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.

    When you are in the will of God, there will always be naysayers sitting not he sidelines telling you what can’t be done. Don’t become distracted by those that say it can’t be done while you are doing it. Follow the path God has set before you, the naysayers will disappear and you will move forward.

    If God be for you, who can be against you!!

  16. 2 Samuel 16:12 (ESV Strong’s)
    12 It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing today.”

    What a prayer!
    Don’t remove the cursing. Don’t take away that which causes me grief, that which tries to offend, or that which vilifies.
    If you do it may disqualify me for a blessing.

    We need to have this mindset that David had in the face of the upheaval we have been experiencing here in America.

    David modeled the words of Jesus before they were ever preached.

    Luke 6:28 (ESV Strong’s)
    28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

    And Paul

    Romans 12:14 (ESV Strong’s)
    14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

  17. “I humbly bow,” Ziba said. “May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king.”

    I pray for the favor to be upon my family… So that people will be able to see something different in us that is worth finding out for. Jesus is the only one that can give us this favor and grace with others. Be the difference that people are looking for not the ordinary like everyone else. I pray that this world would wake up and notice how close Jesus is at His return. Seeking the souls to grow His kingdom.

  18. 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 ther

    Don’t dust the word of god of

  19. iLove to Grow in the Word

    I found this on the Internet and thought I would share… Becare who you accept gifts from.

    Ziba (ציבא) is a man in 2 Samuel in the Hebrew Bible. He was a servant of Saul, and then later of Saul’s grandson, Mephibosheth.

    Ziba is mentioned in three places. In 2 Samuel 9, David speaks to him and tells him how Mephibosheth will be his master. In 2 Samuel 16, when David flees Jerusalem after Absalom’s conspiracy, Ziba comes to David with provisions, and claims Mephibosheth has broken faith with David. David responds by giving all that belonged to Mephibosheth to Ziba instead. Finally, in 2 Samuel 19, when David returns to Jerusalem, Mephibosheth tells David that Ziba had been lying. David responds by saying “You and Ziba shall divide the land.”

    David seems not to know whom to believe, but most commentators have concluded that Ziba was lying in order to “make himself appear to be the only loyal subject worthy of David’s benefactions, and of title to Saul’s property.”[1]

    Ziba had fifteen sons, and although he was a servant of the house of Saul, he had twenty servants of his own (2 Samuel 9:10).

  20. Who are you really fighting?

    David chose not to hold this man that cursed him responsible for his words, after all David had taken the kings throne. David chose to look past the slander and mockery and let God take care of it. He basically said if all this is true let God judge me. This is how we have to deal with accusers and mockers. Don’t worry about what they are saying because you cannot control thief mouths but you can control yours. Let everyone see that if its true I will be judged.

    A soft answer turneth away wrath

  21. People are often quick to explain why something is happening. There must be a reason. Generally, it is suggest that when bad things happen, it is punishment. While this may be true, sometimes bad things happen simply bc the world is full of corrupt people.

  22. 11And 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.

  23. 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.

    A servant’s heart.

  24. 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.

    The Lord will provide for you in every situation as long as you are under His covering.

  25. 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.

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

    The word of God (Jesus) identified loyalty. David had told Hushai what to do and say, and so he did; whereas Ahithophel was acting on his own. Deceptiveness can appear to be friendly, loyal, and trustworthy, until. Nevertheless true loyalty will always prevail in the end. Dear God, remove deceptive and disloyal leaders in Jesus name. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  26. “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 identified for his counsel and reverenced for the same. Similarly there are others today that are identified for their counsel and also reverenced for the same; however the difference is we have the word of God today to verify all. God bless us with counsel that does not contradict or distort your word, in Jesus name.

  27. 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.

    I beleive that people still didnt want to accept David as King, they still followed Saul in their hearts. Change is hard, especially if your eyes are on man and not God!

  28. 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.
    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.

    Ziba brought gifts to King David; I know that I have to be careful about accepting gifts. Even though Ziba’s intentions were good; David still had to ask the questions as to why the gifts were brought. That is where I get caught up sometimes. Somebody will do something for me with the intent of getting something in return. I use to be that way; I would do things with the intent of getting something in return. Not now, I don’t expect anything in return when I do something for others. Just being able to help is enough for me; Thank you Jesus…….Amen!!!!

  29. 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:

  30. “Abishai son of Zeruiah said, “This mangy dog can’t insult my master the king this way—let me go over and cut off his head!” 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.””
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭16:9-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    Even when people cursed David he still trusted in the Lord. He did not demand correction, respect or revenge. He simply trusted.

  31. 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.

    What an example, to turn the other cheek waiting on God to deal with the negative things that come against us.

    On outreach we ran into to a hostile man, that cursed us and try to run us off. If we were to avoid people like him purposely we won’t have anyone to reach. God loves him all the same, drunk, angry, full of hatred, full of sin. Jesus died for him too, I don’t have any right to judge, but I have the obligation to be brave and share the gospel.

    Some Christians are afraid to outreach because of the fear of this type of confrontation, but these are the very people that Jesus died for.

    Wait on the Lord to requite you good for cursing!

  32. 13 So David and his men continued down the road, and Shimei kept pace with them on a nearby hillside, cursing and throwing stones and dirt at David. (NLT)

    Just keep moving forward!

  33. 20 Then Absalom turned to Ahithophel and asked him, “What should I do next?”

    Following the advice of the ungodly. Absalom thought he could establish his kingdom through immorality. He was a clever and skilled politician but ignorant about the ways of God. His mind was so clouded with sin, he could not recognize the immorality he was committing to become king.

  34. 14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.

    Many will come weary but the true question is will they be willing to let down their guard and be refreshed?

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