David felt deeply wounded by the alliance of Ahithophel with his usurping son, and he was greatly discouraged by it.
If he writes a political pamphlet he calls it "Absalom and Ahithophel."
When Hushai's advice prevailed, Ahithophel, despairing of success, hanged himself.
What a contrast Ahithophel was to David in his power of bearing disgrace!
His enemies dare every thing, και παντα λιθον κιτησομενους; but God will bring to nought the counsel of Ahithophel.
He was called the Ahithophel who incited Absalom against his father David.
He wished at any cost to make peace with Ahithophel, whose counsel was precious to him.
And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.
And one told David, saying, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom."
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.
brother of insipidity or impiety, a man greatly renowned for his sagacity among the Jews. At the time of Absalom's revolt he deserted David (Ps. 41:9; 55:12-14) and espoused the cause of Absalom (2 Sam. 15:12). David sent his old friend Hushai back to Absalom, in order that he might counteract the counsel of Ahithophel (2 Sam. 15:31-37). This end was so far gained that Ahithophel saw he had no longer any influence, and accordingly he at once left the camp of Absalom and returned to Giloh, his native place, where, after arranging his wordly affairs, he hanged himself, and was buried in the sepulchre of his fathers (2 Sam. 17:1-23). He was the type of Judas (Ps. 41:9).