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But show kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:7 sons of Barzillai. Despite his advanced age, Barzillai had provided much assistance to David when he had to flee Jerusalem when Absalom rebelled (II Samuel 19:33-39). On the other hand, Shimei had opposed and cursed David at this same time (II Samuel 16:5-13; 19:16). In I Kings 2:8,9, David adjured Solomon to take vengeance on Shimei.

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