And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.
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George Leo Haydock
Absalom. How came they to abandon a king, appointed by heaven, and adorned with so many virtues? God was resolved to punish him. Many are always desirous of novelty. David had lately been guilty of two scandalous crimes. Joab remained unpunished, and arrogant; the judges neglected their duty, ver. 3. Some had still a partiality for the family of Saul. (Calmet) (Grotius)