2 Samuel 17: David’s Spy Infiltrates Absalom’s government


Absalom considers pursuing David and killing him and his men to solidify his power. His aide Ahithopel tells him to do it at once.  Hushai, David’s spy, counsels to wait and gather an army because David is strong and is probably hidden in a cave anyway.  Everyone agrees with Hushai. Hushai gets a message about Absalom’s plans to David through the priests. The problem is the priests are seen leaving and Absalom sends servants after them. So a woman hides them in a well until the danger is passed.  In the meantime, Ahithophel is so distraught that his advice wasn’t taken that he hangs himself and dies. Absalom and David pitch their camps and get ready for battle.

In other words:

David’s spy Hushai gains the confidence of Absalom.

Favorite bit:

2 Samuel 17:18-21 – The spies hide in a well that a woman covers in ground corn. When Absalom’s men come she tells them “They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.” So the spies get out of the well and manage to get to David.

Least favorite bit:

2 Samuel 17:23 – And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city , and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.  (Seems excessive to me that he would kill himself just because his counsel wasn’t taken – geez)

Moral Lesson Learned:

It’s not the end of the world when people don’t agree with you (2 Samuel 17)