2 Samuel Chapter 20

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2 Samuel 20

1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

4 Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.

5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

7 And there went out after him Joab’s men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab’s garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.

9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.

10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab’s hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.

11 And one of Joab’s men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.

12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.

13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.

14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.

15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.

16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.

17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.

18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.

19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?

20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:

24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:

25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:

26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.

34 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 20

  1. In the beginning of this chapter we see how easily people can be distracted or talked into another direction. We cannot afford to be distracted in these last days; but, remain focused on Jesus. Jesus gives us courage, Jesus gives us direction Jesus gives us love and Jesus gives us His power……Follow Him!

  2. 1. And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

    22. Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

    Two trumpets for Sheba

    He blew a trumpet and led others away from the king, but he never got to hear the trumpet signaling that his turning traitor had been avenged.
    When you betray others, you can expect yourself to be betrayed.

  3. REBELLION AND REVOLT

    1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

    Sheba appears to be attractive to follow, with the bold proclamation of what he will and will not do. Any REVOLT appears attractive to a person in REBELLION. Sheba made a decision and a declaration with an invitation. It is unfortunate that weak minded and low committed people will follow people of this nature to their demise.

    We must be very prayerful about who we follow and why, where are they going and why. Do not listen to every negative voice. Remain submitted and committed to the leader that GOD has placed before you.

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  4. We must chose wisely who we have confidence in. Family is not always on our side or wish blessings upon us. Amasa was David’s nephew but was also appointed Captain in Absalom’s army.

    “And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man’s son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab’s mother.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭17:25‬

  5. Sheba was a wolf among the sheep, prowling for weakness & insubordination. As we can read through the end of the chapter this only lead to his own demise. Even though God let him get away with murder it was only but for a short time. In the end God’s judgement will be the last word. Be careful of those who you listen to and follow.

  6. 6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

    Staying close to God and those in leadership is so important ……..there are those who will poison anything and everyone around them. Listen to the leadership and follow after God as he follows after God. Remember the shepherd watches out for your soul. if he tells you to stay away from a certain thing or even a person you must trust his instructions. God has placed him in this position and as long as he stays in submission to the authority of God then we can rest assured we are safe by following him.

  7. “An evil man who always stirred up trouble happened to be in Gilgal. His name was Sheba, the son of Bicri. Sheba was from the tribe of Benjamin. He blew his trumpet. Then he shouted, “We don’t have any share in David’s kingdom! Jesse’s son is not our king! Men of Israel, every one of you go back home!””
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭20:1‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    Lord deliever us from rebellion. 

    “Keep us from falling into sin when we are tempted. Save us from the evil one.’”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:13‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

  8. Its all about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. So this builds trust that we need for all of our daily relations.

  9. 1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

    2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

  10. 2 Samuel 20:22 (KJV Strong’s)

    22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

    If you want to stop the war then quit playing footsie with the devil. Don’t give him any place, or any respect, but rather just cut his head off from your life.

    Head represents headship, and Shorty. Too many people are subjugate to the enemy. They allow him to tell them what to do, how to dress, and how to live.

    The key to victory is to break out from under the yoke of bondage of the enemy. Give that to jesus and take his yoke upon you which is lite.

  11. 2 samuel 20:2 )NLT) so all the men of israel deserted David and followed sheba son of bicri . but the men of judah stayed with their king and escorted him from the jordan river to jerusalm

    ➡ we need to be careful who you listen to and follow especially in these last days because you might just follow somebody that may put you in hell

  12. One misstep can cost greatly. Amasa didn’t account for Joab. Amasa was crazing along making mistakes and didn’t realize it was about to catch up with him. God will warn us to a certain point but people will give us enough rope to hang ourselves with. Just because no one is correcting you doesn’t mean your getting away with it. The judgement can come so quickly that you didn’t see it coming. Just like Amasa here, he didn’t see it coming until it was too late.

  13. iLove to Grow in the Word
    5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

    David was going to set Amasa over the entire army . This is found in yesterday’s blog, “And David told them to tell Amasa, “Since you are my own flesh and blood, like Joab, may God strike me and even kill me if I do not appoint you as commander of my army in his place.” ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭19:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    We find today that Amasa was sent on a mission and failed to accomplish this mission in a timely manner. This tardiness coupled with the jealousy of Joab ended with his murder

  14. Those things that are done in secret will be revealed in God’s timing. Sheba thought he was being sneaky and undermining David, but God had someone in place to hear and take charge that Sheba be taken down. Never fear with God on our side we cannot fail. We might face opposition, but in the end Gods got it all under control and He will prevail.

  15. “Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.”‭‭(2 Samuel‬ ‭20:22‬ ‭KJV)

    Gods people have been blessed with the wisdom of knowledge to use in today’s society. There’s times when we have to take a leap of faith for God to show us how to have courage and to believe that he’ll make away when it seems impossible.

  16. The wise woman sees that Joab is a man on a mission and she wants to make sure she and her people don’t stand in the way. She quickly promises to toss over the head of Sheba over the wall so the attack over the city may stop. This isn’t the only time Joab uses the help of a woman like the message he had a woman send to David (2 Sam 14:2). God values and uses those who are willing to step out in faith.

  17. 2 Samuel 20:2, “So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.”

    Just as the tribe of Judah (Praise) clave unto king David, we must cleave (adhere to, stick to) unto our King, JESUS.
    Deut. 13:4 says, “Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.”

  18. 19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?
    20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    Stand with Isreal.

  19. 19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?
    20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    Stand with Isreal. I stand with Isreal.

  20. “And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.” The word of Jesus (God) identified a traitor. One should consider what the actions of Sheba could do, which David clearly identified and took action. One that justifies their actions by acting as Sheba, can never be trusted. America was founded by God (JESUS) fearing men and women, which anyone that is not in support of is like Sheba. Dear God, remove leaders that are deceptive, disloyal, and in denial of you and your word. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  21. “Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.” The city and people were safe once the troublemaker Sheba was no more. We will only hear and see clearly if we seek the Lord; whereas the opposite is just as true. God help us too recognize that you are the answer to everything, in Jesus name.

  22. 2 samuel 20:2 )NLT) so all the men of israel deserted David and followed sheba son of bicri . but the men of judah stayed with their king and escorted him from the jordan river to jerusalm
    We can not listen to the voices of the foolish and uncommited. We must keep our ears open for the voice of God and our leader. To be open to hear what he wants to speak to us.

  23. A wolf in sheep’s clothing! You really have to be careful who you listen too, no matter how smart they may seem or right they seem. If it doesn’t align to Gods word it’s wrong. We need to look unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith. I’m so thankful for a pastor that obeys the voice of God and preaches truth us.

  24. 2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

    The faithful will follow in times of uncertainty. Yet, the crowd will follow whom ever has the greatest words.

  25. 1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

    We can’t just follow any loud voice that just tries to raise up and command things. There is an order for authority and leadership. We must be prayerful and watchful of who we follow or allow to have a say in our lives.

  26. 2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

  27. Sheba was of the same tribe Saul was from. I wonder if that had any influence in his decision. In any case, he took advantage of the issues that accompany civil war and tried a revolt of his own.

  28. 2 So all the men of Israel deserted David and followed Sheba son of Bicri. But the men of Judah stayed with their king and escorted him from the Jordan River to Jerusalem. (NLT)

    At some point we all come to the decision of who to follow, and in these days that decision is becoming more difficult to make. Focus on God and know His appointed authority/authorities in your life, then submit and follow.

  29. 16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.

    17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.

    18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.

    19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?

    20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

    Joab listened to a wise woman who helped get rid of Sheba for him. God has our back no matter how little or big the situation. He was in control of Sheba and used the wise woman to reach out to Joab for the sake of peace. God knows the intention of the heart, don’t allow things of this world to over take you seek God with all of your heart, mind and soul.

  30. 21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

    22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

  31. 18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
    19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?

    This woman bravely calls out for Joab just as a battle is heating up. She uses her knowledge and wisdom to speak to him and reason with him not to destroy a whole city for one traitor. Then she convinces the elders of the city to preserve themselves by giving up the guilty man. This was probably pretty easy to do, since Sheba wasn’t from their town, but it took someone willing to intercede for innocent lives.
    This makes me think of how the church must intercede for the lives of those in our city. Many people think they already serve God in their denominations, yet lack the truth of Biblical salvation. We must intercede for these and all others around us-reach out and witness about what we have and what we know. He that is wise winneth souls. Prov 30:11

  32. 20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

    22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.

  33. 20And Joab replied, “Believe me, I don’t want to devour or destroy your town! 21That’s not my purpose. All I want is a man named Sheba son of Bicri from the hill country of Ephraim, who has revolted against King David. If you hand over this one man to me, I will leave the town in peace.”

    “All right,” the woman replied, “we will throw his head over the wall to you..

    Sounds like Sheba had many enemies. This woman and town did not want to protect Sheba, or probably wanted revenge against him. Either way, know who your friends are, be friendly to all!

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