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The Legacy Of Ahithophel: (Chinese/English)

2 Samuel 16:21-23

撒母耳记下 16:21-23

21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

21 亚希多弗对押沙龙说,你父所留下看守宫殿的妃嫔,你可以与她们亲近。以色列众人听见你父亲憎恶你,凡归顺你人的手就更坚强。22 于是人为押沙龙在宫殿的平顶上支搭帐棚。押沙龙在以色列众人眼前,与他父的妃嫔亲近。23 那时亚希多弗所出的主意好像人问神的话一样。他昔日给大卫,今日给押沙龙所出的主意,都是这样。

2 Samuel 17:23

撒母耳记下 17:23

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 sepulcher of his father.

23 亚希多弗见不依从他的计谋,就备上驴,归回本城。到了家,留下遗言,便吊死了,葬在他父亲的坟墓里。

The Legacy of Ahithophel:


This episode in David’s life is part of the judgement of Almighty God on David who sinned with Bathsheba and murdered her husband. When Nathan the Prophet confronted David regarding his sin, he used an illustration of a poor man who was robbed of his only lamb by a wealthy neighbor.  David issued a judgment saying that the wealthy man would have to repay the poor man with four of his own lambs. What David did not realize was that he was executing judgment against himself for his sin.  Eventually, he would lose four of his sons (The first child of Bathsheba died at birth, Amnon was killed by Absalom for raping Tamar; Absalom, who attempts to take the kingdom from David is killed in battle, and eventually Adonijah would die at the hand of King Solomon.). Sin is expensive and deadly.


Proverbs 16:18 warns us that “Pride comes before destruction.”  In these two passages we see this warning lived out in one of King David’s most trusted counselors, Ahithophel.

箴言 16:18 警告我们“骄傲在败坏以先”,在这两段经文中,我们看到这个警告在大卫最信任的顾问之一,亚希多弗身上得以实现。

In chapter 17, another advisor emerges to give counsel to Absalom. Hushai, a devoted advisor to King David.   Absalom receives competing messages from Ahitophel and Hushai.  He chooses to go with the word of Hushai.  Ahithophel, unable to handle the rejection of his counsel goes to his home and commits suicide.


Regrettably, many of our churches have an “Ahithophel” in the congregation; someone who speaks so eloquently that you think they have heard from God.  The instruction they give appears to be straight from the halls of heaven, causing people to hang on their every word.  However, when their advice is not heeded, they become like Ahithophel; offended, bitter and broken, they leave the church, and in some cases never return.


Here is the lesson: We need to realize that it is okay for others to reject our counsel and seek advice from others.  To become offended is evidence of pride, one of the greatest sins one could commit.  Understand that the church does not revolve around you.  When you face rejection in the church, do not take it personally.  It happens.  Pray and move on.  In doing so, you bring honor and glory to God.


God bless you


About Keith H

Hello everyone, my name is Keith or kk. I am a christian writer and teacher living in Nanjing China Teaching both online and in person, Have several students. Am married to a wonderful chinese lady called Helen with a beautiful 27 year old daughter called sherry, she is a ba in fine arts from brandon university in Canada

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  1. Wonderful Post and message Brother! I always tell people when they ask, “have you no pride?” My reply is “NOPE! And thank God for not having that yucky characteristic that is synonymous with the devil!
    Thank you,
    God Bless~

  2. bless you cd

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