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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

 

When David mourned for Absalom, he mourned as a father, not as a king. He had wept for Amnon, who raped his half-sister; now he mourned for his killer Absalom, who also just happened to try to overthrow his father.

Neither of these would have made very good successors. Absalom in particular was in the habit of organizing assassinations and conspiracies under the guise of celebratory feasts. Having seized power this way himself, he would have been constantly expecting someone else to do the same to him. He could well have become another Abimelech; there were fears, early on, that he had done so.

It is unlikely that he, like Solomon, would have asked for wisdom more than wealth or power or the death of his enemies. It is unlikely that he would or could have built the temple. When David wept, he wept for himself; when victory was turned into mourning for the whole army of Israel, it shouldn't have been. It took Joab to restore him to senses, and to his throne.

posted by Kelly | 1:28 PM link
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