2 Samuel 15:3
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New International Version
Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."

King James Bible
And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And Absalom said to him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man to hear thee [appointed] by the king.

World English Bible
Absalom said to him, "Behold, your matters are good and right; but there is no man deputized by the king to hear you."

Young's Literal Translation
And Absalom saith unto him, 'See, thy matters are good and straightforward -- and there is none hearkening to thee from the king.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Absalom prepared him chariots and horses - After all that has been said to prove that horses here mean horsemen, I think it most likely that the writer would have us to understand chariots drawn by horses; not by mules or such like cattle.

Fifty men to run before him - Affecting in every respect the regal state by this establishment. Of this man Calmet collects the following character: "He was a bold, violent, revengeful, haughty, enterprising, magnificent, eloquent, and popular prince; he was also rich, ambitious, and vain of his personal accomplishments: after the death of Amnon, and his reconciliation to his father, he saw no hindrance in his way to the throne. He despised Solomon because of the meanness of his birth, and his tender years. He was himself of the blood royal, not only by his father David, but also by his mother Maacah, daughter to Talmai, king of Geshur: and, doubtless, in his own apprehension, of sufficient age, authority, and wisdom, to sustain the weight of government. There was properly now no competitor in his way: Amnon, David's first-born, was dead. Of Chileab, his second son by Abigail, we hear nothing; and Absalom was the third: see 2 Samuel 3:2-5. He, therefore, seemed to stand nearest to the throne; but his sin was, that he sought it during his father's life, and endeavored to dethrone him in order to sit in his stead.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

thy matters

Numbers 16:3,13,14 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take too much on you...

Psalm 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Daniel 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably...

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed...

there is, etc. or, none will hear thee from the king downward

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice to all his people.

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Exodus 21:17 And he that curses his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

Proverbs 30:11,17 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother...

Ezekiel 22:7 In you have they set light by father and mother: in the middle of you have they dealt by oppression with the stranger...

Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He that curses father or mother, let him die the death.

Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I knew not, brothers, that he was the high priest: for it is written...

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

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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

Samuel
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
Proverbs 12:2
Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

2 Samuel 15:4
And Absalom would add, "If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice."

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