David Forgives Absalom

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No one in all Israel was as handsome and well-built as Absalom (v. 25). His hair was thick and heavy which he only cut once a year (v. 26). He had three sons and a daughter named Tamar who was very beautiful (v. 27). He came back and lived in Jerusalem for two years but didn’t see his father (v. 28). He wanted Joab to talk to his father for him, so one day he invited him to come over, but Joab refused to come (v. 29). Absalom contacted him the second time, but Joab still refused.

Finally, Absalom told his servants that Joab’s barley field was right next to his and he ordered them to set it on fire, which they did (v. 30). Immediately Joab went to Absalom’s house and demanded to know why he had ordered his servants to set his barley field in fire (v. 31). Absalom told Joab it was because he had refused to come when he sent for him. He told Joab he wanted him to ask his father why he wanted him to come back from Geshur when he was better off there (v. 32). He said, “I want to see my father now! If there is any guilt in me, let him kill me.” So, Joab went to David and told him what Absalom said. Then David called for Absalom, who came to the king and bowed to the ground and his father kissed him (v. 33).


Holding a grudge is sin. I don’t want to leave this world having ill will toward anyone.

II Samuel 14:25-33 (English Standard Version)

Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. And when he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it; when it was heavy on him, he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head, two hundred shekels by the king's weight. There were born to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman. So Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, without coming into the king's presence. Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but Joab would not come to him. And he sent a second time, but Joab would not come. Then he said to his servants, "See, Joab's field is next to mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire." So Absalom's servants set the field on fire. Then Joab arose and went to Absalom at his house and said to him, "Why have your servants set my field on fire?" Absalom answered Joab, "Behold, I sent word to you, 'Come here, that I may send you to the king, to ask, "Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still." Now therefore let me go into the presence of the king, and if there is guilt in me, let him put me to death.'" Then Joab went to the king and told him, and he summoned Absalom. So he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.

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