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Go to Bible: 2 Samuel 16
2Sa 16:1

“skin-bottle.” A “bottle” or container made from animal skin. Ziba had enough food for quite a few people, and the skin-bottle could have been quite large in keeping with the rest of the food. [For more on skin-bottles, which were usually made from the skins of goats, see commentary on 1 Sam. 10:3].

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2Sa 16:7

“man of Belial.” This is a designation of sons of the Devil. [For more on sons of Belial, see commentary on 1 Sam. 2:12. For more on the unforgivable sin and children of the Devil, see commentary on Matt. 12:31].

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2Sa 16:21

“go in to your father’s concubines.” Ahithophel advised Absalom to have sex with David’s concubines. Culturally, this would make an absolute break between Absalom and David, and show that Absalom was taking David’s place as king. However, Ahithophel’s advice may have had another motivation: Ahithophel was the grandfather of Bathsheba, whom David basically raped, got pregnant, arranged for her husband Uriah to be killed, and then married. Ahithophel may have thought of Absalom having sex with David’s wives as a kind of revenge. See commentary on 2 Samuel 15:12.

2Sa 16:22

“Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.” This act of Absalom fulfilled the Nathan’s prophecy that because David had taken another man’s wife and slept with her secretly (i.e., with Bathsheba), his wives would be taken by another man, who would sleep with them publicly (2 Sam. 12:11).

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