This Psalm may represent David’s anguish when he found a cave in Abdullam to hide from the king of Achish in Gath. Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular, David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse, Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular, Preposition-m | Noun - common plural construct, Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular, Absalom -- 'my father is peace', two Israelites, LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel, Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular, Narrow, a tight place, a pebble, an opponent, Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural, To cast together, increase, in number, to multiply by the myriad, Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural, Preposition | first person common singular. She was a princess of Geshur a small Aramean Kingdom N E of the Sea of Galilee. Selah. They stopped at the edge of the city. Those days of being on the run from Saul were, prior to the Bathsheba affair, among the very worst days of David’s life. 2 Sam 13:1-22 In c.993BC, David’s son Amnon rapes his half-sister Tamar.Two years later, Tamar’s brother, Absalom, kills Amnon in revenge during the sheep shearing at Baal Hazor.Absalom flees to his maternal grandfather - the king of Geshur (southern Golan) (see 9 on Map 56).. 2 Sam 14:1-33 After three years in exile, Absalom returns to Jerusalem. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! 22 David said to Ittai, “Go ahead then. We’re ready to do anything you want.”. I want to be where you are. KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. During that time, Scripture says that David “longed to go out to Absalom,” but we’re never told that he actually did anything to reconcile the relationship. You help me win the battle. You bring me honor. (Each colored word is a word found in the original Hebrew. And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom… Would that I had died in thy stead, O Absalom! 1 Samuel 22. God instructed David to go ahead and battle the Philistines at Keilah. David put some of his feelings into numerous Psalms during those difficult days. And may the Lord be kind and faithful to you.”, 21 But Ittai replied to the king, “You are my king and master. However, even then, Absalom was not permitted to enter David’s … If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!” May we all learn the lessons of self-giving love. Chapters 15-18). Absalom was a problem to his father, David, from II Samuel 13 through 18 when he tried to have David killed so that he might reign in his stead. Joab convinced David to welcome his disillusioned son back into Jerusalem, with a tale from a wise woman. 19 The king spoke to Ittai. So many people are rising up against me! He told him, “The hearts of the Israelites are turned toward Absalom.” 14 Then David spoke to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem. Absalom was killed as he helplessly hung there. Desperate to get away from Saul, David fled to Gath, a key Philistine city, enemy territory. This psalm is David’s lament over this situation. David returns from Moab to Hereth forest, starts writing Psalms. Many people have turned against me. A total of 20,000 men die in this slaughter, which spreads out over the whole countryside, as Absalom's men begin to turn and run for their lives. O my son, Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! David’s general, Joab, was ultimately responsible for bringing Absalom back to Jerusalem. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in … That was how both David and Absalom regarded all … He wisely turned to God in prayer about the situation. Joab, David’s commander, and some of his soldiers came upon the young man in that unfortunate circumstance. He can’t help loving. Absalom, David’s son, sought to take the kingdom from him. Psalm 34: Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. This Psalm was probably written as he fled. When he fled from his son Absalom. The story of David’s trouble with Absalom began in 2 Samuel 13. 13 A messenger came and spoke to David. 24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold a man running alone. Matthew 10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. "), is the inspiration for the text of several pieces of choral music, usually entitled When David Heard (such as … A psalm of David when he ran away from his son Absalom. PSALM 63 - Better Than Life By: Michael Anderson A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah. And all of the 600 men who had come with him from Gath marched in front of him. The Story Behind the Psalm. Psalm 17:7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. He’ll move quickly to catch up with us. Hurry to depart, lest he overtake us quickly, and bring down evil on us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.” Saul kills 85 priests at Nob, Abiathar flees to David later at Keilah. would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! All his men and their families marched with him. Absalom Usurps the Throne. This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. David wrote much of the book of Psalms and is also mentioned in Matthew 1:1, 6, 22, 43-45; Luke 1:32; Acts 13:22; Romans 1:3; and Hebrews 11:32. But, LORD, … In the second Psalm, David has learned of the rebellion. The Old 8. It doesn’t matter whether I live or die. I don’t even know where I’m going. For Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. David on the Run (I Samuel 23) David learned of an opportunity to help the people of Keilah in defeating the Philistines. Probable Occasion When Each Psalm Was Composed contains the Psalm, the scripture it was written after, the occasion on which it was composed, and the year. He wisely turned to God in prayer about the situation. He gathered an army and a following and led in an attempt to overthrow David and to make himself the king. 7. Keep marching with my men.” So Ittai, the Gittite, kept marching. 2 Samuel 15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counseller, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. He said, “Come on! Absalom’s long flowing hair got stuck in a tree and he got caught. Psalm 3 A psalm of David when he ran away from his son Absalom. Used by permission. He’ll destroy us. The narrator explains, "Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. No doubt David’s marriage to her was to cement a political alliance. When the civil war began, David refused to fight against his son. The king was shaken. … Go back. Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! 2 Samuel 15:1-18:33 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him…. Psalm 3 – Peace in the Midst of the Storm. LORD, I have so many enemies! Psalm 30: A Psalm of David. 2 Samuel 18:3 "But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not … Absalom, David’s son, sought to take the kingdom from him. And then he died. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. 1 Lord, I have so many enemies! James Montgomery Boice points out that since these titles are in the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible, “They are to be taken with absolute seriousness throughout.” Notice this implication in verse 2. The subtitle says, "A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son." He was from Gath. Psalm 3. The Philistines recognized … 1 {A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.} I call out to the LORD. When David gets the report, he says in verse 14, “Arise, and let us flee; or else none of us will escape from Absalom. David's son, Absalom, rebelled against his father. Absalom met the servants of David, and Absalom rode upon a mule, and as he was running, the mule ran under a thick bowel of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth, and the mule that was under him went away. 18 All of David’s officials marched past him. New International Reader's Version (NIRV), Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the, NIrV, The Story of Jesus for Kids: Experience the Life of Jesus as one Seamless Story, NIrV, The Books of the Bible for Kids: New Testament: Read the Story of Jesus, His Church, and His Return, NIrV, Adventure Bible for Early Readers, Polar Exploration Edition, Full Color Interior: #1 Bible for Kids, NIrV, Holy Bible, Large Print, Leathersoft, NIrV, Free on the Inside Bible, Paperback. David … In the third Psalm he is running from Absalom. And his head caught fast in the oak, so he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the … He was very successful in persuading the people that he would make a better king than his father. Psalm 3. Here’s the gist. “LORD, I have many enemies! Hometown: Absalom was born in Hebron, during the early part of David’s reign in Judah. 13 A messenger came and spoke to David. 15 After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run ahead of him. All rights reserved worldwide. The psalm is rich in metaphors and references to God’s covenants with Israel. Desperate to get away from Saul, David fled to Gath, a key Philistine city, enemy territory. my son! So go on back. Psalm 30 Bible References: Absalom’s story is found in 2 Samuel 3:3 and chapters 13-19. Absalom met the servants of David, and Absalom rode upon a mule, and as he was running, the mule ran under a thick bowel of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth, and the mule that was under him went away. LORD, how many are my foes! Many are saying about me, “God will not save him.” LORD, you are like a shield that keeps me safe. Everyone in his whole family went with him. The death of a child is a painful experience, but there are other -- more painful -- ways to lose a child. Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. He and all the people with him moved on toward the desert. When David heard of the death of his beloved (though wretched) son, he uttered one of the most plaintive cries recorded in the Bible. Those days of being on the run from Saul were, prior to the Bathsheba affair, among the very worst days of David’s life. Absalom Sleeps with David's Concubines (16:20-23) Now that he is in the city, Absalom turns to Ahithophel for advice. God instructed David to go ahead and battle the Philistines at Keilah. Known for his good looks, in particular his long hair, he is best remembered for avenging his sister Tamar and conspiring against his own father for the throne. Those of us who have lost a child know the grief this brings. 17 So the king and all those with him left. David’s heart was broken when Absalom died. In 2 Samuel 15, Absalom wins the hearts of the people, plotting to take the throne away from his father David. He said, “Come on! Psalm 3:1-3 This prayer was written by King David as he fled from his son during Absalom’s rebellion in 985BC (see 2 Samuel 15-19). 5. Absalom is banished after he kills his half-sister’s rapist, Amnon. We find that in all David had 8 wives and 7 … David on the Run Chronology Summary David on the Run (I Samuel 23) David learned of an opportunity to help the people of Keilah in defeating the Philistines. The single verse, 2 Samuel 18:33, regarding David's grief at the loss of his son ("And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! 16 The king started out. Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. I lie down and sleep. He was very successful in persuading the people that he would make a better king than his father. English Standard Version O LORD, how many are my foes! I. The Philistines recognized … many are they that rise up against me. He has left Jerusalem and the palace, and in perhaps the darkest hour of his life, he is fleeing to Mahanaim. Take your people with you. 1 Samuel 22. David then lost his son Amnon, because Absalom wanted vengeance for the rape of hi… Some time later, David's daughter Tamar lost her virginity due to rape, rape committed by her half-brother, Amnon. David’s army won, and the naughty son lost. You are an outsider. His mangled story, among many other Biblical profiles, illuminates humanity’s imperfection and propensity to sin. Absalom is finally about to declare himself King of Israel, in place of his father. Jehovah, how many are they that trouble me, many they that rise up against me! How many rise up against me! Verses 1-8: David may have written this wonderful psalm when his own son, Absalom, temporarily drove him away from his throne in Israel (2 Sam. He told him, “The hearts of the Israelites are turned toward Absalom.”, 14 Then David spoke to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem. In this Episode we see David go through the rebellion of his son Absalom, who seizes the kingdom from his father. 3. Click here for commentary on II Samuel 13-15 Click here for commentary on II Samuel 16-18 Absalom was one of King David’s sons, and his scriptural story reads like a modern-day soap opera. 2 Samuel 18:9 - Now Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. 20 You came to join me only a short time ago. 25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. The king went across the Kidron Valley. 2 Samuel 17:11-13 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person…. Instead of imitating his father’s strengths, Absolom followed his pride and greed and tried to seize his father’s throne. Many of David's psalms are written in a time of despair. Lord, how are they increased that trouble me: Lord. And that’s just as sure as the Lord and you are alive.”. Because of his son’s success he was forced to flee Jerusalem [2 Samuel 15]. David has a life that isn’t just about his own success. Psalm 3 – Peace in the Midst of the Storm This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. Absalom is one of David’s sons. This Psalm may represent David’s anguish when he found a cave in Abdullam to hide from the king of Achish in Gath. So many people are rising up against me! Many are saying about me, 'God won't rescue him.' David put some of his feelings into numerous Psalms during those difficult days. Many people have turned against me. That’s what good parents do. Probable Occasion When Each Psalm Was Composed contains the Psalm, the scripture it was written after, the occasion on which it was composed, and the year. Even though Absalom was trying to kill him, David still loved his son. 2 Many say of my soul, There is no salvation for him in God. He answers me from his holy mountain. His men will kill everyone in the city with their swords.”, 15 The king’s officials answered him, “You are our king and master. 2 Samuel 16:15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. “LORD, I have many enemies! New Living Translation O LORD, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. my son! The king said to him, “Why do you want to come along with us? 1. Out of fear of his father, Absalom ran away to Geshur, where he stayed for three years. All the Kerethites and Pelethites marched along with them. If we don’t, none of us will escape from Absalom. 23 All the people in the countryside wept out loud as David and all his followers passed by. Because of his son’s success he was forced to flee Jerusalem [2 Samuel 15]. Known for: Absalom in the Bible was the third son of King David. Reference to King David in the Bible . The preceding paragraphs are filled with tears as David must leave Jerusalem behind and flee toward the wilderness. 4. David Runs Away From Absalom. Absalom was David’s third son, the child of his fourth wife Maacah of Geshur. David lost the first son Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah, bore to him (chapter 12). Stay with King Absalom. Psalm 3---Betrayed David wrote Psalm 3 about his experiences and feelings during his flight from his rebellious back-stabbing son Absalom. A psalm of David. James Montgomery Boice points out that since these titles are in the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible, “They are to be taken with absolute seriousness throughout.” 3 But thou, Jehovah, art a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head. Psalm 7: A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite. But, LORD, … And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom. A song at the dedication of the temple. When David gets word of this impending revolution, he chooses to flee from Jerusalem, along with a number of his faithful followers. So why should I make you wander around with us now? My son, my son Absalom! But he left ten concubines behind to take care of the palace. When David found out Absalom died he ran up to his room and cried. Psalm 30 how numerous are they that trouble me, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Poetry: Psalm 3:1 A Psalm by David when he fled (Psalm Ps Psa.) David had at least six wives from whom he had children. David suffered much loss when it came to his family, especially his children. Psalm 3:1-3 This prayer was written by King David as he fled from his son during Absalom’s rebellion in 985BC (see 2 Samuel 15-19). David once again demonstrates a godly response to overwhelming and depressing developments in life. 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