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{2 Samuel 19:8} Then the king 4428 arose, 6965 z8799 and sat 3427 z8799 in the gate. 8179 And they told 5046 z8689 unto all x3605 the people, 5971 saying, 559 z8800 Behold, x2009 the king 4428 doth sit 3427 z8802 in the gate. 8179 And all x3605 the people 5971 came 935 z8799 before 6440 the king: 4428 for Israel 3478 had fled 5127 z8804 every man 376 to his tent. 168
sat in the gate:
How prudently and mildly David took the reproof and counsel given him! He shook off his grief, anointed his head, and washed his face, that he might not appear unto men to mourn, and then made his appearance at the gate of the city, which was the public place of resort for the hearing of causes and giving judgment, as well as a place to ratify special bargains. Thither the people flocked to congratulate him on his and their safety, and that all was well. When we are convinced of a fault, we must amend, though we are told of it by our inferiors in a way which is peculiarly painful to our natural feelings. This ancient custom still obtains in the East; for when Dr. Pococke returned from viewing the town of ancient Byblus, he says, "The sheik and the elders were sitting in the gate of the city, after the ancient manner, and I sat awhile with them." "And the kingª saidª° unto¹ them, What¹ seemethª you bestª° I will do.ª° And the kingª stoodª° by¹ the gateª side,ª and all¹ the peopleª came outª° by hundredsª and by thousands.ª" {2Sm 18:4} + "And Davidª satª° between¹ the twoª gates:ª and the watchmanª° went up²°¹ to¹ the roofª over the gateª unto¹ the wall,ª and lifted upª°¹ his eyes,ª and looked,ª° and behold¹ a manª runningª° alone.¹" {2Sm 18:24}
for Israel:
"And the peopleª gatª° them by stealthª° that¹ dayª into the city,ª as¹ peopleª being ashamedª° steal awayª° when they fleeª° in battle.ª" {2Sm 19:3} + "So the peopleª went outª° into the fieldª againstª° Israel:ª and the battleª was¹ in the woodª of Ephraim;ª ... For the battleª was¹ there¹ scatteredª° over¹ the faceª of all¹ the country:ª and the woodª devouredª° moreª° peopleª that¹ dayª than the swordª devoured.ª°" {2Sm 18:6-8} + "And there wentª° a proclamationª throughout the hostª about the going downª° of the sun,ª saying,ª° Every manª to¹ his city,ª and every manª to¹ his own country.ª" {1Kg 22:36} + "And Judahª was put to the worseª° beforeª Israel;ª and they fledª° every manª to their tents.ª" {2Kg 14:12}

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