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2Sa 4:1

“his hands became feeble.” This is an idiom for him being discouraged and dismayed and as a result not really knowing what to do.

2Sa 4:2

“captains of raiding bands.” It is possible that these two men got to be leaders because they were from the tribe of Benjamin, the tribe of Saul and Ish-bosheth. Because they were from Benjamin they should have been expected to have been especially loyal to the house of Saul, but obviously they were not.

These men were part of the people of Benjamin who moved into Beeroth, which was originally a Gibeonite city (Josh. 9:17), but most of the Gibeonites moved out as 2 Samuel 4:3 says.

2Sa 4:3

“until this day.” This lets us know that at the time 2 Samuel was written the original people of Beeroth were still living in Gittaim.

2Sa 4:4

“had a son.” This event about Mephibosheth seems to be inserted to assure the reader that the house of Saul had not been wiped out by the death of Ish-bosheth. Mephibosheth was still left.

2Sa 4:5(top)
2Sa 4:6(top)
2Sa 4:7

“Arabah road.” Literally, “the road of the Arabah.” This is the road that ran from north to south along the Jordan River Valley. It was not close to the Jordan itself because of all the dense growth there, but was on the edge of the growth.

2Sa 4:8(top)
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2Sa 4:10(top)
2Sa 4:11(top)
2Sa 4:12

“cut off their hands and their feet.” This dishonored their bodies and graphically pointed to the parts of the body that participated in this great crime: the hands that killed and the feet that carried that carried the men in their evil deed.


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