Trying to make up for sin

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.28.2017 – Old Testament: 2Sa 19.18b–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 19–20 on April 28, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

As David fled from the rebellion of his son Absalom, a man by the name of Shimei cursed David and threw stones at him. Later, when Absalom suffered defeat and David returned to Jerusalem, Shimei went to David,

Now Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king when he had crossed the Jordan. Then he said to the king, “Do not let my lord impute iniquity to me, or remember what wrong your servant did on the day that my lord the king left Jerusalem, that the king should take it to heart. For I, your servant, know that I have sinned. Therefore here I am, the first to come today of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king” (2 Samuel 19.18b–20). 

Shimei admitted doing wrong, but only asked that it not be imputed to him. It seems that he should have asked for forgiveness, because later David will have Solomon take care of Shimei, giving Solomon authority to execute Shimei.


  • What do you want people to do who have sinned against you?
  • Do you do the same toward others that you have sinned against?

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