This chapter, 2 Samuel 17, continues the story of Ahithophel giving ‘advice’ to Absalom.
“Ahithophel said to Absalom, ‘I would choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David. I would attack him while he is weary and weak. I would strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would strike down only the king and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed.’” – 2 Samuel 17:1-3
Maybe God should come in and stop this nonsense. Oh wait, God only comes in to the picture when it’s time to kill people, regardless of innocence.
“Hushai replied to Absalom, ‘The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.’” – 2 Samuel 17:7
Hushai is the voice of reason in this story.
“You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs.” – 2 Samuel 17:8
Not to mention the father, David, is a stone cold killer.
“So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba—as numerous as the sand on the seashore—be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle. Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive. If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley until not so much as a pebble is left.” – 2 Samuel 17:11-13
Well, maybe Hushai isn’t the voice of reason since he is now advising war.
“Absalom and all the men of Israel said, ‘The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.’” – 2 Samuel 17:14
If the goal is to kill David, then yes, war is better advice than sleeping with David’s concubines.
“For the Lord had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.” – 2 Samuel 17:14
Is the Bible seriously giving credit to God for the Israelites deciding war was a better method than concubine sex to killing David?
“When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.” – 2 Samuel 17:23
Your advice to killing David was to sleep with his concubines. What did you think was going to happen?
This chapter ends with a section titled “Absalom’s Death” but the actual death takes place in the next chapter. We’ll have to wait until next time to see what happens. This chapter was complete nonsense. Was a full chapter of the Bible devoted to deciding whose advice is better when one option was sleeping with concubines? Yes, a full chapter was indeed devoted to this! Got to love those biblical morals.
Coming Soon: 2 Samuel – Chapter 18: Absalom’s Death