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2nd Samuel Chapter 4 Summary

2 Samuel Chapter 4 Summary 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.

Baanah and Rechab Try To Be Heroes

The chapter flips back to Baanah and Rechab. They thought David would destroy the house of Saul now that Abner was dead. In their infinite wisdom, they decided to kill Ish and bring his head to David. They did this 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. The son of Jesse 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. This was just as the amalekite thought to do to Saul! This is 2nd Samuel chapter 4, summary.


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  1. Lillian Lillian

    Thank you for your summary. I am in a Bible Study of the chapter, but never understood the “whys” of the chapter events until now.

  2. Jim Jim

    In the NKJV, verse 12 states the men
    Rehab and Baanah were killed and hung ‘by’ the pool, not over it. Is your translation different?

    • Greetings Jim, yes, there is a translation difference in the KJV and the NKJV… they are slightly different.

      12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.

      12 So David commanded his young men, and they executed them, cut off their hands and feet, and hanged them by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth and buried it in the tomb of Abner in Hebron.

      Thank you for stopping by, ELOHIM be with you. Amen

      Elder Ishe

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