Reading: 2 Samuel 17:23
When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.


A broken relationship often exacts a terrible price. Ahithophel was David’s friend and advisor. Somehow, their relationship soured. Some commentators have suggested that Ahithophel was the grandfather of Bathsheba, the object of David’s illicit affections. If so, it would offer a plausible explanation for a fractured relationship. It cannot be proved, but something devoured their friendship (Psalm 55:14).

When David’s renegade son, Absalom, overthrew his father in a bloodless coup, Ahithophel joined the insurrection. Disaster followed. Absalom’s cunning was offset by an undiscerning heart. His own deceit left him blind to deceit in others. He chose to ignore the advice of Ahithophel and follow the counsel of David’s spy. The aged advisor, estranged from his king, could not handle the rejection of a pretender. He died at the bitter end of a rope in the shadows of his own conceit. He is not the first, nor the last man to be hung by pride.

Unforgiveness bears the bitterest fruit. Reconciliation seems a high price to pay until the cost of our pride is fully calculated.

Is your life a collection of fractured relationships and secret resentments? Surely nothing good can come of it.


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