SH'MU'EL BET (2 Samuel) Chapter 17

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Peh –mouth; closed or open

Sh'mu'el Bet 17:1-2 Furthermore, Achitofel said to Avshalom, "Please let me choose 12,000 men that I may arise and pursue David tonight. And I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and will terrify him so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king alone, and I will bring back all the people to you. The return of everyone depends on the man you seek; then all the people shall be at peace. " So the plan pleased Avshalom and all the elders of Israel.

There was no respect for the L-rd G-d’s anointed David. Many today have no respect for G-d’s anointed Son of David, Yeshua.

Sh'mu'el Bet 17:5-14 Then Avshalom said, "Now call Hushai the Arki also, and let us hear what he has to SAY." When Hushai had come to Avshalom, Avshalom said to him, "Achitofel has spoken thus. Shall we carry out his plan? If not, you speak." So Hushai said to Avshalom, "This time the advice that Achitofel has given is not good." Moreover, Hushai said, "You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men and they are fierce, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. And your father is an expert in warfare, and will not spend the night with the people. Look, he has now hidden himself in one of the caves or in another place; and it will be when he falls on them at the first attack, that whoever hears it will say, 'There has been a slaughter among the people who follow Avshalom.' "And even the one who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will completely lose heart; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and those who are with him are valiant men. But I counsel that all Israel be surely gathered to you, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea in abundance, and that you personally go into battle. So we shall come to him in one of the places where he can be found, and we will fall on him as the dew falls on the ground; and of him and of all the men who are with him, not even one will be left. And if he withdraws into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it into the valley until not even a small stone is found there." Then Avshalom and all the men of Israel said, "The counsel of Hushai the Arki is better than the counsel of Achitofel." For the L-RD had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Achitofel, in order that the L-RD might bring calamity on Avshalom.

This advice allowed David time to regroup and prepare his troops for battle.

Shall bring ropes to that city – At that time they would throw ropes, with hooks on them, over the wall of the city an pull them down.

Sh'mu'el Bet 17:15-23 Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Evyatar the priests, "This is what Achitofel counseled Avshalom and the elders of Israel, and this is what I have counseled. Now therefore, send quickly and tell David, saying, 'Do not spend the night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means cross over, lest the king and all the people who are with him be destroyed.'" Now Y’honatan and Achima’atz were staying at Ein-Rogel, and a maidservant would go and tell them, and they would go and tell King David, for they could not be seen entering the city. But a lad did see them, and told Avshalom; so the two of them departed quickly and came to the house of a man in Bachurim, who had a well in his courtyard, and they went down into it. And the woman took a covering and spread it over the well's mouth and scattered grain on it, so that nothing was known. Then Avshalom's servants came to the woman at the house and said, "Where are Achima’atz and Y’honatan?" And the woman said to them, "They have crossed the brook of water." And when they searched and could not find them, they returned to Yerushalayim. And it came about after they had departed that they came up out of the well and went and told King David; and they said to David, "Arise and cross over the water quickly for this Achitofel has counseled against you." Then David and all the people who were with him arose and crossed the Yarden; and by dawn not even one remained who had not crossed the Yarden. Now when Achitofel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to his city, and set his house in order, and strangled himself; he died and was buried in the grave of his father.

Word is relayed to David that he must move his household to safety, on the east side of the Yarden River, and then prepare for battle.

Achitofel conspired against the anointed David and they failed in capturing him. He hung himself and was buried in his father’s grave.

In contrast, Y’hudah conspired against the son of David and they captured him. He still hung himself and is buried in a place for strangers.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 27:3-10 Then when Y’hudah, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." But they said, "What is that to us? See to that yourself!" And he threw the pieces of silver into the sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood." And they counseled together and with the money bought the Potter's Field as a burial place for strangers. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one whose price had been set by the sons of Israel; and they gave them for the Potter's Field, as the L-rd directed me. "

Woman took a covering and spread it over the well's mouth and scattered grain on it – a dry cistern was commonly used to store grain. So she disguised it to avoid attracting attention to the hiding place of the men.

Sh'mu'el Bet 17:24-29 Then David came to Machanayim. And Avshalom crossed the Yarden, he and all the men of Israel with him. And Avshalom set Amasa over the army in place of Yo’av. Now Amasa was the son of a man whose name was Yitra the Isra’eli, who went in to Avigal the daughter of Nachash, sister of Tz’ruiah, Yo’av's mother. And Israel and Avshalom camped in the land of Gil’ad. Now when David had come to Machanayim, Shovi the son of Nachash from Rabbah of the sons of ‘Amon, Machir the son of Ammi’el from Lo-D’var, and Barzillai the Gil’adi from Roglim, brought beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched seeds, honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and for the people who were with him, to eat; for they said, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness."

This shows us that David still had a following and they wanted to help not only him but his household during the time they are on the run.