2 Samuel 15:17
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New International Version
So the king set out, with all the people following him, and they halted at the edge of the city.

King James Bible
And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and stayed at the remote house.

World English Bible
The king went forth, and all the people after him; and they stayed in Beth Merhak.

Young's Literal Translation
And the king goeth out, and all the people at his feet, and they stand still at the farthest off house.

2 Samuel 15:17 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And tarried in a place - He probably waited till he saw all his friends safely out of the city.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

went forth

Psalm 3:1,2 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me...

Psalm 66:12 You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but you brought us out into a wealthy place.

Ecclesiastes 10:7 I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking as servants on the earth.

A Loyal Vow
'And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.'--2 SAMUEL xv. 15. We stand here at the darkest hour of King David's life. Bowed down by the consciousness of his past sin, and recognising in the rebellion of his favourite son the divine chastisement, his early courage and buoyant daring seem to have ebbed from him wholly. He is forsaken by the mass of his subjects, he is preparing to abandon Jerusalem, and to flee as an
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Loyal to the Core
On the other hand, look at Ittai, perfectly free to go, but in order to end the controversy once for all, and to make David know that he does not mean to leave him, he takes a solemn oath before Jehovah his God, and he doubles it by swearing by the life of David that he will never leave him; in life, in death, he will be with him. He has cast in his lot with him for better and for worse, and he means to be faithful to the end. Old Master Trapp says, "All faithful friends went on a pilgrimage years
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 26: 1880

Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book[1] of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
2 Samuel 15:16
The king set out, with his entire household following him; but he left ten concubines to take care of the palace.

2 Samuel 15:18
All his men marched past him, along with all the Kerethites and Pelethites; and all the six hundred Gittites who had accompanied him from Gath marched before the king.

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