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Chapter Summaries: 2nd Samuel Chapter 17 Summary

2nd Samuel Chapter 17 Summary

2nd Samuel Chapter 17 Summary

Chapter 17 of 2nd Samuel begins with Absalom seeking the right counsel from his administration in order to hunt his father David, and take his life. Ahithophel, one of Absalom’s chief counselors, suggested they send 12,000 men to pursue after David and kill the king alone.

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They wanted to eliminate the king, but keep David’s administration to work in Absalom’s administration. Absalom was pleased with the counsel of Ahithophel, but still he asked Hushai (David’s eyes and ears) what he thought about Ahithophel’s counsel.

Remember, David’s a Bad Boy

Hushai disagreed with Ahithophel’s counsel. Hushai warned Absalom and reminded him and his cabinet that David was a man of war. Ahithophel warned them saying, “remember, he’s a warrior, he hid and evaded Saul, we’re not going to find or get this guy easily, and if we do, it will be hard to defeat him.”

Hushai was trying to explain that David had mighty men around him, and they are all men of war, valiant men. Instead of pursuing David, Hushai suggested all of Israel’s top military get together with Absalom and and use a more strategic approach.

Hushai suggests they first locate David and circle the area and slowly come upon him like dew on the ground. Absalom liked Hushai’s counsel better than Ahithophel; all of this was the Lord’s doing so that the Lord could bring evil upon Absalom.

Two Way Spy Hushai

Hushai, still working for David, had the plan told to both Zadok and Abiathar, David’s priests, and shared with them both his counsel and Ahithophel’s counsel. Hushai also warned them to tell the king to move from the base he was at in the wilderness, so he isn’t entrapped.

David did what Hushai told him and the king and all his men crossed over the Jordan. Meanwhile back in Jerusalem, Ahithophel saw his counsel wasn’t taken, and figured it was the end of his career and life, so he put his house in order and killed himself.

Ahithophel Kills Himself

While the chapter doesn’t share why he did this, it is believed he thought his career was over and he would be killed by either administration (David’s or Absalom); or he was thoroughly embarrassed by being overlooked and killed himself. Absalom and his general, Amasa, proceeded to chase after David.

David and his men came into Mahanaim and a man of the children of Ammon catered to David and his men. This is 2nd Samuel chapter 17’s summary.

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