The Schemes Of Abner

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭3:17‭-‬18‬ ‭KJV‬‬ [17] And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you: [18] now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.

Abner was a shrewd politician. He knew how to tinker with the emotions of the people of Israel. He is doing all these because Ishbbosheth rebuked him. Jameison and Fausset-Brown observe: ” But he acted a base and hypocritical part in pretending that his present movement was prompted by religious motives, when it sprang entirely from malice and revenge against Ish-bosheth. The particular appeal of the Benjamites was a necessary policy; their tribe enjoyed the honor of giving birth to the royal dynasty of Saul; they would naturally be disinclined to lose that prestige”. He appeared to have had his way, but it won’t be for long. Someone else saw through his deceit. Leaders who play games with the people do not last long in their deceit. Abner did not. Our authors continue: ” Abner pursued a course unworthy of an honorable man and though his offer was accepted by David, the guilt and infamy of the transaction were exclusively his”. He paid the ultimate price for it. Crafty people fall for their crafts in life.

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