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David is anointed king by all the tribes, ver. 1 - 5.
Takes the strong hold of Zion, ver. 6 - 10.
David builds him an house; his kingdom is established, ver. 11, 12.
Has more children, ver. 13 - 16.
Conquers the Philistines, ver. 17 - 25.
2: Shalt feed - That is, rule them, and take care of them, as a
shepherd doth of his sheep, (Ps 78:70,71). This expression, he useth
to admonish David, that he was not made a king to advance his own glory,
but for the good of his people; whom he ought to rule with all tenderness,
and to watch over with all diligence.
3: A league - Whereby David obliged himself to rule them
according to God's laws; and the people promised obedience to him.
6: Cannot come - They confided in the strength of their
fortifications, which they thought so impregnable, that the blind and
the lame were sufficient to defend them, against the most powerful
assailant. And probably they set a parcel of blind and lame people,
invalids or maimed soldiers, to make their appearance on the wall, in
contempt of David and his men.
8: To the gutter - That is, whosoever scaleth the fort, or getteth
up to the top of it, where the gutter was. That are hated - The
Jebusites, and the lame, and the blind, Who had probably themselves
insulted him, and blasphemed God. He shall be - These words are fitly
supplied out of (1Ch 11:6), where they are expressed.
They said &c. - That is, whence it became a proverb, or a common saying,
used by David, and others, the blind and the lame Jebusites, were
set to keep the house, that is, the fort of Zion; and to keep others
from coming into it; but now they are shut out of it, and none of them,
either of the Jebusites, or of blind and lame persons, shall be admitted
to come into it again. Which David might ordain, to keep up the memory
of this great exploit, and of the insolent carriage of the Jebusites.
9: Millo - Which seems to have been the town - hall or, state - house,
near the wall of the city of Zion.
12: King over Israel - That he might be a blessing to them, and they
might be happy under his administration.
13: David took, &c. - This may well be reckoned amongst David's
miscarriages, the multiplication of wives being expresly forbidden to the
king, (De 17:17). It seems to have been his policy, that hereby he
might enlarge his family, and strengthen his interest by alliances with
so many considerable families. But all these did not preserve him from
coveting his neighbour's wife. Rather they inclined him to it: for men
who have once broke the fence, will wander carelesly.
17: The hold - To some fortified place to which his people might
conveniently resort from all places, and where he might intrench his army,
which lay towards the Philistines.
20: Baal - perazim - Whither the Philistines were come from the
valley of Rephraim, (1Ch 14:11).
Baal - perazim, signifies the master of the breaches: So he ascribes
all to God. As waters - As floods or rivers of waters, which break the
banks, and overflow a land, and overturn all that stands in their way.
21: Images - When the ark fell into the hand of the Philistines,
it consumed them: but when these images fell into the hands of Israel,
they could not save themselves from being consumed.
22: And spread themselves - The expression intimates, that
they were very numerous, and made a very formidable appearance.
So we read, (Re 20:9), of the church's enemies
going up on the breadth of the earth. But the wider they
spread themselves, the fairer mark they are for God's arrows.
23: Go up - Directly against them, as the following words explain it.
Behind - Where they least expect thee; God's purposes and promises do not
exclude men's endeavours.
24: The sound - A noise as it were of persons walking upon the tops
of them, which I shall cause; and by this sign, both thou shalt he assured
that I am coming to help thee; and the Philistines shall be affrighted,
and not perceive the noise of thy army, until thou art upon them.
Bestir - Fall upon them.