2 Sam. 15-17, Ps. 41, Ps. 22
1. (15:2) Early in the
morning, where would Absalom stand?
a. in his back yard minding his own business
b. in an alley where no one would see him
c. beside the way to the gate
2. (15:2) People would
come past that place on the way to see the king for what purpose?
a. To attack the palace
b. To seek a judgement from the King favorable to themselves
c. To file a complaint against the King
3. (15:3-4) Absalom would
talk to these people about
a. how the King was doing a good job
b. how Absalom was glad that he didn't have to render judgements for them
c. how much better it would be for the people if Absalom could judge their cases
4. (15:5-6) As a result of
a. he became very popular in Israel
b. he became despised by the people
c. the King appointed Absalom to judge the people
5. (15:7-11)When Absalom
went to Hebron, his true purpose
a. was to pay a vow
b. was to join the band as a trumpet player
c. was to have himself proclaimed king, even though he claimed he was going to pay a vow
6. (15:12) The man who had
been a counselor to David, and now was helping Absalom, was named
7. (15:13-18) When David
found out that Absalom was trying to usurp (look it up!) the
a. fled, leaving ten of his concubines (wives) behind
b. burned the palace down
c. shut himself up in the palace
8. _____ There were a large number of people who went with David when he fled.
9. _____ Ittai was loyal to David.
10. _____ Zadok and Abiathar were against David.
11. _____ Zadok and Abiathar were told to stay in the city (Jerusalem).
12. _____ Zadok's son was Jonathan and Abiathar's son was Ahimaaz.
13. _____ Ahimaaz and Jonathan were useful as messengers, sneaking out of Jerusalem with information for David.
14. _____ David never found out that Ahithophel had become a traitor.
15. _____ Hushai was loyal to David.
16. _____ Hushai was sent back to the city to Absalom.
17. _____ Hushai the plan was for Hushai to pretend to be loyal to Absalom, while actually helping David
18. _____ Hushai would be able to send messages to David by means of Ahimaaz and Jonathan.
Short Answer: Shimei curses David (16:1-23)
19. Shimei was a member of
the family of what very famous man?
20. What did Shimei throw at David?
21. What did Shimei call David?
22. What did Abishai want to do about Shimei?
23. Who was Abishai's mother?
24. Was David pleased with Abishai's suggestion?
Short Answer: Hushai and Ahithophel, Two
25. Was Hushai truly loyal
26. When Hushai came to offer his services to Absalom, was Absalom a little surprised that Hushai wasn't with David?
27. What did Hushai give as a reason for helping Absalom?
28. Remember the ten concubines that David left behind? Ahithophel advised Absalom to have sexual relations with them. Was this to be done secretly, or in such a way as to become public knowledge?
It appears that Bathesheba may have been a
grandaughter of Ahithophel, and this might explain why
Ahithophel was willing to turn against David and side
with Absalom. The evidence suggesting she was a
grandaughter of Ahithophel is as follows: Ahithophel was
referred to as Ahithophel the Gilonite ( 2
Sam. 15:12). Among David's mighty men, specifically,
among the thirty, were both Eliam the son of
"Ahithophel the Gilonite" (2 Sam. 23:34) and
Uriah the Hittite (2 Sam. 23:39). This suggests these two
men were at least acquainted, even comrades. Is it too
much to suppose Uriah and Ahithophel's son, Eliam, were
2 Sam. 11:3 tells us that Bathsheba was the daughter
of an Eliam. It seems likely that this is the same Eliam
inasmuch as it is reasonable to suppose that Uriah
married the daughter of his friend, Eliam. And that would
mean that Bathsheba was Ahithophel's grandaughter.
29. Why did Ahithophel give the
advice found in 16:21?
30. How had Ahithophel's advice been regarded by David, and then later, by Absalom?
31. Both Ahithophel and Hushai gave Absalom advice about how best to attack David.
a. Which one advised an immediate attack while David was weak?
b. Which one advised a delay before attacking?
c. Which one made Absalom worry about David's famous skills as a warrior?
d. Which one was giving advice that would really be most likely to give victory to Absalom?
e. Which one was giving advice that would help David, by giving David time to escape and regroup his forces?
f. Which advice did Absalom think was the best?
g. What was the Lord accomplishing by means of Hushai's advice?
h. What did Ahithophel do after he saw that his advice was not followed?
Fill in the Blanks: Chain of Events
After Absalom's plans were made, Hushai sent word to ___________
and ____________, the priests, who in turn, sent a __________ to
their sons ______________ and ______________ at En-rogel. But the
sons of the priests were seen by a _________ who told __________.
So the sons of the priests hid in a ________ which was then
covered, and _________ was spread on the covering, so that
Absalom's__________ didn't find them. Then _________ and
__________ got out of the well and went and gave Hushai's
information to __________.