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2nd Samuel Chapter 4 Summary: Chapter Summaries

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2nd Samuel Chapter 4 Summary

Second Samuel chapter 4 begins with Ishbosheth (Saul’s son) hearing the news that Abner had been killed by Joab and this troubled him because he figured he was next on the death list of David’s clearing house.

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He thought Abner’s death was the beginning of a sort of purging of the house of Saul in order to establish the house of David.

Ish (Ishbosheth) had two men who were captains of units in his company, Baanah and Rechab; these guys also knew trouble was looming after Abner was killed. They were concerned for their lives also, so they tried to take matters into their own hands.

The chapter stops to list most of Saul’s remaining royal family, including Jonathan’s children. Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son named Mephibosheth, who was still alive.

Mephibosheth had become lame in his feet because of his nurse’s mishandling of him when he was a baby. The nurse and family fled upon hearing of Saul and Jonathan’s death, and in her haste she dropped Mephibosheth and he became unable to walk.

2nd Samuel Chapter 4 Summary

The chapter flips back to Baanah and Rechab. They thought David would destroy the house of Saul now that Abner was dead, so they decided to kill Ish and bring his head to David to show their allegiance to the incoming king and secure jobs in his administration.

David, a respectful man to the house of Saul, was agitated at their foolish actions and commanded his young men to kill them both immediately. David also commanded his young men to cut off their hands and feet and hang them over a pool in Hebron.

David killed them in such a terrible fashion to show his disapproval of Ish’s assassination and of any further attempts on the house of Saul. David’s administration returned the head of Ish, and buried him properly near Abner.

David was really frustrated that men would kill a righteous man for no reason, as the amalekite thought to do to Saul! This is 2nd Samuel chapter 4, summary.

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