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Verses of 2 Samuel 10

2 Samuel 10 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ch. 10. War with the Ammonites and their allies the Syrians

= 1 Chronicles 19

David had now reached the summit of his prosperity and power. The historian has now to record how he fell from that height into a sin which brought shame and suffering upon himself and disaster upon his kingdom. This war with the Ammonites is described in detail, because of its close connexion with that act, which marked the fatal turning-point in David’s reign.

The war with the Ammonites is incidentally alluded to in ch. 2Sa 8:12 among David’s other wars; and the war with the Syrians to which it led is not improbably the same as that recorded in ch. 2Sa 8:3-6.

It is there related that Hadadezer sustained a crushing defeat, and that a great part of his vassals transferred their allegiance to David. There is no hint here that they had revolted, and it seems unlikely that they could have raised so large an army on a second occasion. The circumstances narrated here ( 2Sa 10:16) explain the otherwise obscure mention of the Euphrates in ch. 2Sa 8:3: the seat of war, the persons engaged, the results, and the general details, are so similar as to make it at least improbable that the narratives refer to two distinct wars.

It is easy to assign a reason for this repetition. There the account forms part of the collected summary of David’s principal wars, as it was probably by far the most important and most distant of them: here it appears as a necessary pendant to the history of the Ammonite war, which is being related in full in order to lead up to and explain the circumstances of David’s fall.

Verses of 2 Samuel 10

Consult other comments:

2 Samuel 10:0 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

2 Samuel 10:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

2 Samuel 10:0 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

2 Samuel 10:0 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

2 Samuel 10:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

2 Samuel 10:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 10:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

2 Samuel 10:0 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

2 Samuel 10:0 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

2 Samuel 10:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

2 Samuel 10:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges