“Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him. But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, ‘As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron’’” (2 Samuel 15:1,10).

Lacking in substance, Absalom was all about appearances. He was a $30 haircut on a 10 cent head. Thus, between verses 1 and 10 are eight verses representing forty years (four years in some ancient texts) of subterfuge, pandering, and sowing seeds of discord in his effort to undermine David’s leadership and to disrupt the fellowship of God’s people. While his pretentious act of noble concerns would fool many, the ignominious deeds of the vengeful are eventually recognized and leaves them hanging (18:9) in the misery of their own kind.

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