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). Joab, David’s commander, and some of his soldiers came upon the young man in that unfortunate circumstance. Absalom Sleeps with David's Concubines (16:20-23) Now that he is in the city, Absalom turns to Ahithophel for advice. And his head caught fast in the oak, so he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the … Chapters 15-18). How many rise up against me! 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! But, LORD, … 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. God instructed David to go ahead and battle the Philistines at Keilah. 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. But, LORD, … Some time later, David's daughter Tamar lost her virginity due to rape, rape committed by her half-brother, Amnon. Those days of being on the run from Saul were, prior to the Bathsheba affair, among the very worst days of David’s life. 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. Absalom, David’s son, sought to take the kingdom from him. Hurry to depart, lest he overtake us quickly, and bring down evil on us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.” We have to leave right away! The Old Lord, how are they increased that trouble me: Lord. He has left Jerusalem and the palace, and in perhaps the darkest hour of his life, he is fleeing to Mahanaim. Psalm 34: Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!” May we all learn the lessons of self-giving love. So go on back. 18 All of David’s officials marched past him. When David heard of the death of his beloved (though wretched) son, he uttered one of the most plaintive cries recorded in the Bible. David's son, Absalom, rebelled against his father. David on the Run (I Samuel 23) David learned of an opportunity to help the people of Keilah in defeating the Philistines. 2 Sam 13:1-22 In c.993BC, David’s son Amnon rapes his half-sister Tamar.Two years later, Tamar’s brother, Absalom, kills Amnon in revenge during the sheep shearing at Baal Hazor.Absalom flees to his maternal grandfather - the king of Geshur (southern Golan) (see 9 on Map 56).. 2 Sam 14:1-33 After three years in exile, Absalom returns to Jerusalem. LORD, how many are my foes! Hometown: Absalom was born in Hebron, during the early part of David’s reign in Judah. His mangled story, among many other Biblical profiles, illuminates humanity’s imperfection and propensity to sin. David had at least six wives from whom he had children. Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. Many are saying about me, 'God won't rescue him.' my son! 3. When David found out Absalom died he ran up to his room and cried. A psalm of David. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. Go back. Psalm 3---Betrayed David wrote Psalm 3 about his experiences and feelings during his flight from his rebellious back-stabbing son Absalom. Jehovah, how many are they that trouble me, many they that rise up against me! Bible References: Absalom’s story is found in 2 Samuel 3:3 and chapters 13-19. All rights reserved worldwide. And then he died. 3 But thou, Jehovah, art a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head. Psalm 3. 19 The king spoke to Ittai. Everyone in his whole family went with him. Absalom’s long flowing hair got stuck in a tree and he got caught. I want to be where you are. This Psalm was probably written as he fled. 25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. 5. All the Kerethites and Pelethites marched along with them. 1 Samuel 22. A song at the dedication of the temple. The Philistines recognized … 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. Psalm 3 – Peace in the Midst of the Storm. LORD, I have so many enemies! 2 Samuel 15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counseller, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. Many are saying about me, 'God won't rescue him.' David put some of his feelings into numerous Psalms during those difficult days. He was very successful in persuading the people that he would make a better king than his father. He wisely turned to God in prayer about the situation. 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. I. 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 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. Many people have turned against me. Absalom is finally about to declare himself King of Israel, in place of his father. David Runs Away From Absalom. The Philistines recognized … Take your people with you. And may the Lord be kind and faithful to you.”, 21 But Ittai replied to the king, “You are my king and master. 2 Samuel 16:15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. However, even then, Absalom was not permitted to enter David’s … David then lost his son Amnon, because Absalom wanted vengeance for the rape of hi… Psalm 30: A Psalm of David. New Living Translation O LORD, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. Absalom was killed as he helplessly hung there. 20 You came to join me only a short time ago. 13 A messenger came and spoke to David. 8. The death of a child is a painful experience, but there are other -- more painful -- ways to lose a child. He can’t help loving. King David's story runs from 1 Samuel 16 through 1 Kings 2. Absalom was one of King David’s sons, and his scriptural story reads like a modern-day soap opera. I lie down and sleep. Psalm 3: A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son 2. Many are rising against me; Berean Study Bible A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. David’s heart was broken when Absalom died. In this Episode we see David go through the rebellion of his son Absalom, who seizes the kingdom from his father. 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. Many of David's psalms are written in a time of despair. His men will kill everyone in the city with their swords.”, 15 The king’s officials answered him, “You are our king and master. … 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. Keep marching with my men.” So Ittai, the Gittite, kept marching. Here’s the gist. The king said to him, “Why do you want to come along with us? David lost the first son Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah, bore to him (chapter 12). We find that in all David had 8 wives and 7 … When he fled from his son Absalom. Psalm 30 He’ll destroy us. (Each colored word is a word found in the original Hebrew. The woman said, “Like water spilled on … 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. For Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. Stay with King Absalom. David put some of his feelings into numerous Psalms during those difficult days. Absalom Usurps the Throne. Joab convinced David to welcome his disillusioned son back into Jerusalem, with a tale from a wise woman. 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. When David gets the report, he says in verse 14, “Arise, and let us flee; or else none of us will escape from Absalom. Psalm 3. When David gets word of this impending revolution, he chooses to flee from Jerusalem, along with a number of his faithful followers. David suffered much loss when it came to his family, especially his children. This Psalm may represent David’s anguish when he found a cave in Abdullam to hide from the king of Achish in Gath. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all … But he left ten concubines behind to take care of the palace. Desperate to get away from Saul, David fled to Gath, a key Philistine city, enemy territory. In the third Psalm he is running from Absalom. many are they that rise up against me. 7. David once again demonstrates a godly response to overwhelming and depressing developments in life. This Psalm may represent David’s anguish when he found a cave in Abdullam to hide from the king of Achish in Gath. 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. Many people have turned against me. In the second Psalm, David has learned of the rebellion. Because of his son’s success he was forced to flee Jerusalem [2 Samuel 15]. Out of fear of his father, Absalom ran away to Geshur, where he stayed for three years. The story of David’s trouble with Absalom began in 2 Samuel 13. He was very successful in persuading the people that he would make a better king than his father. During that time, Scripture says that David “longed to go out to Absalom,” but we’re never told that he actually did anything to reconcile the relationship. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in … Absalom, David’s son, sought to take the kingdom from him. my son! You left your own country. Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. The psalm is rich in metaphors and references to God’s covenants with Israel. He answers me from his holy mountain. KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. David’s general, Joab, was ultimately responsible for bringing Absalom back to Jerusalem. He and all the people with him moved on toward the desert. “LORD, I have many enemies! He gathered an army and a following and led in an attempt to overthrow David and to make himself the king. 4 With my voice will I call to Jehovah, and he will answer me from the hill of his holiness. That’s what good parents do. 1 Lord, I have so many enemies! Used by permission. So why should I make you wander around with us now? 4. You help me win the battle. “LORD, I have many enemies! The preceding paragraphs are filled with tears as David must leave Jerusalem behind and flee toward the wilderness. Instead of imitating his father’s strengths, Absolom followed his pride and greed and tried to seize his father’s throne. Absalom was David’s third son, the child of his fourth wife Maacah of Geshur. David on the Run Chronology Summary David on the Run (I Samuel 23) David learned of an opportunity to help the people of Keilah in defeating the Philistines. 16 The king started out. 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 all of the 600 men who had come with him from Gath marched in front of him. Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! Those of us who have lost a child know the grief this brings. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom. Many are saying about me, “God will not save him.” LORD, you are like a shield that keeps me safe. David’s army won, and the naughty son lost. Psalm 3 A psalm of David when he ran away from his son Absalom. The narrator explains, "Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. 1 Samuel 22. All his men and their families marched with him. Absalom is one of David’s sons. 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. The Story Behind the Psalm. would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! English Standard Version O LORD, how many are my foes! 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! PSALM 63 - Better Than Life By: Michael Anderson A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah. The king was shaken. 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. 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. 22 David said to Ittai, “Go ahead then. David … You are an outsider. Even though Absalom was trying to kill him, David still loved his son. We have to leave right away! And that’s just as sure as the Lord and you are alive.”. Psalm 30 17 So the king and all those with him left. 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. 1 {A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.} If we don’t, none of us will escape from Absalom. 15 After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run ahead of him. The subtitle says, "A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son." I call out to the LORD. He was from Gath. I don’t even know where I’m going. So many people are rising up against me! 2 Samuel 18:9 - Now Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. He’ll move quickly to catch up with us. He wisely turned to God in prayer about the situation. David returns from Moab to Hereth forest, starts writing Psalms. It is a great victory for David and a devastating defeat for Absalom. 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.) This psalm is David’s lament over this situation. Notice this implication in verse 2. James Montgomery Boice points out that since these titles are in the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible, “They are to be taken with absolute seriousness throughout.” When the civil war began, David refused to fight against his son. David has a life that isn’t just about his own success. Psalm 7: A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite. We’re ready to do anything you want.”. 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. In 2 Samuel 15, Absalom wins the hearts of the people, plotting to take the throne away from his father David. 2 Many say of my soul, There is no salvation for him in God. Saul kills 85 priests at Nob, Abiathar flees to David later at Keilah. This psalm is David’s lament over this situation. 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. Selah. 13 A messenger came and spoke to David. They stopped at the edge of the city. A psalm of David when he ran away from his son Absalom. He said, “Come on! 2 Samuel 18:3 "But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not … Click here for commentary on II Samuel 13-15 Click here for commentary on II Samuel 16-18 James Montgomery Boice points out that since these titles are in the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible, “They are to be taken with absolute seriousness throughout.” My son, my son Absalom! Absalom is banished after he kills his half-sister’s rapist, Amnon. Reference to King David in the Bible . 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…. The king went across the Kidron Valley. Known for: Absalom in the Bible was the third son of King David. No doubt David’s marriage to her was to cement a political alliance. 1. God instructed David to go ahead and battle the Philistines at Keilah. So many people are rising up against me! As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! O my son, Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! He said, “Come on! You bring me honor. She was a princess of Geshur a small Aramean Kingdom N E of the Sea of Galilee. "), is the inspiration for the text of several pieces of choral music, usually entitled When David Heard (such as … 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…. It doesn’t matter whether I live or die. Those days of being on the run from Saul were, prior to the Bathsheba affair, among the very worst days of David’s life. 23 All the people in the countryside wept out loud as David and all his followers passed by. I had died for thee, O Absalom, rebelled against his son 2 son. English Standard Version O LORD, I have so many are rising me! A painful experience, but there are other -- more painful -- ways lose. 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