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Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me now choose 12,000 men, and I will arise and pursue after David tonight. Bible

“I will.” The three-verse speech of Ahithophel drips with personal animosity. Ahithophel is not a warrior, yet he speaks like one. He will choose the army himself, chase after David, come upon him while he is tired and weak, make him afraid, and kill him. Then he will bring the people back, and there will be peace. The energy for this speech is no doubt the personal animosity that Ahithophel has for David because David had sex with his granddaughter Bathsheba and arranged for her husband, Uriah, to be killed. See commentary on 2 Samuel 15:12.


Commentary for: 2 Samuel 17:1