The preceding paragraphs are filled with tears as David must leave Jerusalem behind and flee toward the wilderness. 1. David had at least six wives from whom he had children. They stopped at the edge of the city. The king said to him, “Why do you want to come along with us? 2 Samuel 16:15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. If we don’t, none of us will escape from Absalom. Those days of being on the run from Saul were, prior to the Bathsheba affair, among the very worst days of David’s life. So why should I make you wander around with us now? Absalom was one of King David’s sons, and his scriptural story reads like a modern-day soap opera. 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…. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! He gathered an army and a following and led in an attempt to overthrow David and to make himself the king. Many are saying about me, 'God won't rescue him.' Joab convinced David to welcome his disillusioned son back into Jerusalem, with a tale from a wise woman. That’s what good parents do. The king was shaken. The story of David’s trouble with Absalom began in 2 Samuel 13. 4. 13 A messenger came and spoke to David. Psalm 3 – Peace in the Midst of the Storm. … David put some of his feelings into numerous Psalms during those difficult days. 1 Lord, I have so many enemies! 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. 7. Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. For Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. He can’t help loving. This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. Psalm 3: A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son 2. Absalom, David’s son, sought to take the kingdom from him. Chapters 15-18). It is a great victory for David and a devastating defeat for Absalom. 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. 1 Samuel 22. His men will kill everyone in the city with their swords.”, 15 The king’s officials answered him, “You are our king and master. 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, I have many enemies! Absalom is one of David’s sons. All his men and their families marched with him. Psalm 3. Absalom Usurps the Throne. David returns from Moab to Hereth forest, starts writing Psalms. Absalom Sleeps with David's Concubines (16:20-23) Now that he is in the city, Absalom turns to Ahithophel for advice. When he fled from his son Absalom. Many of David's psalms are written in a time of despair. 3 But thou, Jehovah, art a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head. 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. In 2 Samuel 15, Absalom wins the hearts of the people, plotting to take the throne away from his father David. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. 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). So many people are rising up against me! 17 So the king and all those with him left. And all of the 600 men who had come with him from Gath marched in front of him. Psalm 3 A psalm of David when he ran away from his son Absalom. If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!” May we all learn the lessons of self-giving love. I don’t even know where I’m going. But, LORD, … 16 The king started out. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all … Absalom was David’s third son, the child of his fourth wife Maacah of Geshur. Go back. We find that in all David had 8 wives and 7 … He said, “Come on! 2 Samuel 18:9 - Now Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. He was very successful in persuading the people that he would make a better king than his father. 13 A messenger came and spoke to David. 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 was very successful in persuading the people that he would make a better king than his father. Even though Absalom was trying to kill him, David still loved his son. David once again demonstrates a godly response to overwhelming and depressing developments in life. my son! But, LORD, … O my son, Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! “LORD, I have many enemies! She was a princess of Geshur a small Aramean Kingdom N E of the Sea of Galilee. 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). And then he died. Psalm 7: A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite. Instead of imitating his father’s strengths, Absolom followed his pride and greed and tried to seize his father’s throne. "), is the inspiration for the text of several pieces of choral music, usually entitled When David Heard (such as … God instructed David to go ahead and battle the Philistines at Keilah. 1 Samuel 22. But he left ten concubines behind to take care of the palace. 1 {A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.} Psalm 30 When David found out Absalom died he ran up to his room and cried. We have to leave right away! 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. David lost the first son Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah, bore to him (chapter 12). This Psalm was probably written as he fled. We’re ready to do anything you want.”. He was from Gath. He and all the people with him moved on toward the desert. And his head caught fast in the oak, so he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the … Absalom was killed as he helplessly hung there. 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. He answers me from his holy mountain. 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. Jehovah, how many are they that trouble me, many they that rise up against me! It doesn’t matter whether I live or die. 4 With my voice will I call to Jehovah, and he will answer me from the hill of his holiness. Hometown: Absalom was born in Hebron, during the early part of David’s reign in Judah. 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.) English Standard Version O LORD, how many are my foes! You are an outsider. Absalom’s long flowing hair got stuck in a tree and he got caught. Many are saying about me, 'God won't rescue him.' Psalm 3---Betrayed David wrote Psalm 3 about his experiences and feelings during his flight from his rebellious back-stabbing son Absalom. David suffered much loss when it came to his family, especially his children. 20 You came to join me only a short time ago. KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. I call out to the LORD. many are they that rise up against me. Out of fear of his father, Absalom ran away to Geshur, where he stayed for three years. David’s army won, and the naughty son lost. When David gets word of this impending revolution, he chooses to flee from Jerusalem, along with a number of his faithful followers. 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. 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. The Old A psalm of David. Many are saying about me, “God will not save him.” LORD, you are like a shield that keeps me safe. He wisely turned to God in prayer about the situation. 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. 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! He’ll move quickly to catch up with us. The king went across the Kidron Valley. 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. The Philistines recognized … David then lost his son Amnon, because Absalom wanted vengeance for the rape of hi… 15 After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run ahead of him. Many people have turned against me. Here’s the gist. Because of his son’s success he was forced to flee Jerusalem [2 Samuel 15]. Desperate to get away from Saul, David fled to Gath, a key Philistine city, enemy territory. David put some of his feelings into numerous Psalms during those difficult days. Everyone in his whole family went with him. David has a life that isn’t just about his own success. This Psalm may represent David’s anguish when he found a cave in Abdullam to hide from the king of Achish in Gath. So go on back. In the third Psalm he is running from Absalom. However, even then, Absalom was not permitted to enter David’s … We have to leave right away! 2 Samuel 15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counseller, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. Psalm 34: Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. When David heard of the death of his beloved (though wretched) son, he uttered one of the most plaintive cries recorded in the Bible. LORD, I have so many enemies! Bible References: Absalom’s story is found in 2 Samuel 3:3 and chapters 13-19. 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. When the civil war began, David refused to fight against his son. David’s general, Joab, was ultimately responsible for bringing Absalom back to Jerusalem. King David's story runs from 1 Samuel 16 through 1 Kings 2. 19 The king spoke to Ittai. 23 All the people in the countryside wept out loud as David and all his followers passed by. The Philistines recognized … I. He’ll destroy us. 25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. He said, “Come on! David's son, Absalom, rebelled against his father. Lord, how are they increased that trouble me: Lord. Psalm 3. A psalm of David when he ran away from his son Absalom. The Story Behind the Psalm. 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. In this Episode we see David go through the rebellion of his son Absalom, who seizes the kingdom from his father. In the second Psalm, David has learned of the rebellion. So many people are rising up against me! (Each colored word is a word found in the original Hebrew. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in … Absalom, David’s son, sought to take the kingdom from him. Used by permission. Keep marching with my men.” So Ittai, the Gittite, kept marching. The death of a child is a painful experience, but there are other -- more painful -- ways to lose a child. Psalm 30 Many are rising against me; Berean Study Bible A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. He has left Jerusalem and the palace, and in perhaps the darkest hour of his life, he is fleeing to Mahanaim. Stay with King Absalom. Click here for commentary on II Samuel 13-15 Click here for commentary on II Samuel 16-18 David on the Run (I Samuel 23) David learned of an opportunity to help the people of Keilah in defeating the Philistines. Hurry to depart, lest he overtake us quickly, and bring down evil on us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.” Because of his son’s success he was forced to flee Jerusalem [2 Samuel 15]. And may the Lord be kind and faithful to you.”, 21 But Ittai replied to the king, “You are my king and master. Those of us who have lost a child know the grief this brings. 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. Notice this implication in verse 2. I want to be where you are. 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’s heart was broken when Absalom died. Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! David Runs Away From Absalom. This psalm is David’s lament over this situation. Desperate to get away from Saul, David fled to Gath, a key Philistine city, enemy territory. Absalom is banished after he kills his half-sister’s rapist, Amnon. my son! 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 30: A Psalm of David. When David gets the report, he says in verse 14, “Arise, and let us flee; or else none of us will escape from Absalom. You bring me honor. The narrator explains, "Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. How many rise up against me! Many people have turned against me. And that’s just as sure as the Lord and you are alive.”. All rights reserved worldwide. Selah. All the Kerethites and Pelethites marched along with them. 2 Many say of my soul, There is no salvation for him in God. 18 All of David’s officials marched past him. Known for: Absalom in the Bible was the third son of King David. New Living Translation O LORD, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. No doubt David’s marriage to her was to cement a political alliance. 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! My son, my son Absalom! LORD, how many are my foes! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! You help me win the battle. 2 Samuel 18:3 "But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not … His mangled story, among many other Biblical profiles, illuminates humanity’s imperfection and propensity to sin. 3. Reference to King David in the Bible . 5. Absalom is finally about to declare himself King of Israel, in place of his father. 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