Character Study on Ahimaaz

Character Study on Ahimaaz

1 Samuel 14: And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.
2 Samuel 15: The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a seer? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
2 Samuel 15: Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son, and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them ye shall send unto me every thing that ye can hear.
2 Samuel 17: Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.
2 Samuel 17: And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 18: Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.
2 Samuel 18: Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
2 Samuel 18: But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.
2 Samuel 18: And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.
2 Samuel 18: And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.
2 Samuel 18: And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.
1 Kings 4: Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
1 Chronicles 6: And Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok begat Ahimaaz,
1 Chronicles 6: And Ahimaaz begat Azariah, and Azariah begat Johanan,
1 Chronicles 6: Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.

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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz
The son and successor of Zadok became high priest in the reign of Solomon. During the reign of David, he revealed to him the counsels of Absalom and his advisers in rebellion, 2 Samuel 17:15-21 ; and conveyed to him also the tidings of Absalom's defeat and death, 2 Samuel 18:1-33 .

Easton's Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz
Brother of anger = irascible.
The father Ahinoam, the wife of Saul (1Samuel 14:50).

The son and successor of Zadok in the office of high priest (1Chronicles 6:8,53). On the occasion of the revolt of Absalom he remained faithful to David, and was of service to him in conveying to him tidings of the proceedings of Absalom in Jerusalem (2Samuel 15:24-37; 17:15-21). He was swift of foot, and was the first to carry to David tidings of the defeat of Absalom, although he refrained, from delicacy of feeling, from telling him of his death (2Samuel 18:19-33).
Hitchcock's Bible Names - Ahimaaz
A brother of the council
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz
("brother of anger", i.e. "choleric".)

1. 1 Samuel 14:50.

2. Zadok the priest's son; the messenger in Absalom's rebellion, with Jonathan, Abiathar's son, to carry tidings from Hushai, David's friend and spy. Zadok and Abiathar, who took back the ark to the city at David's request, were to tell them while staying outside the city at Enrogel whatever Hushai directed. They told David the counsel of Ahlthophel for an immediate attack, which David should baffle by crossing Jordan at once. They narrowly escaped Absalom's servants at Bahurim, the woman of the house hiding them in a well's mouth, over which she spread a covering with ground grain on it, and telling the servants what was true in word, though misleading them: "they be gone over the brook of water." Bahurim, the scene of Shimei's cursing of David, was thus made the scene of David's preservation by God, who heard his prayer (1 Samuel 16:12; Psalms 109:28).

David's estimate of Ahimaaz appears in his remark on his approach after the battle (2 Samuel 18:27): "he is a good man, and cometh with good tidings." Though Cushi was later in arriving he announced the fate of Absalom, which Ahimaaz with courtier-like equivocation evaded announcing, lest he should alloy his good news with what would be so distressing to David. Joab, knowing David's fondness for Absalom, had not wished Ahimaaz to go at all on that day, but youths will hardly believe their elders wiser than themselves. Good running was a quality much valued in those days, and Ahimaaz was famous for it. The battle was fought on the mount of Ephraim W. of Jordan, and Ahimaaz ran by the plain of the Jordan to David at Mahanaim. Compare as to Asahel 2 Samuel 2:18; Elijah, 1 Kings 18:46. Compare as to runners before kings 2 Samuel 15:1; 1 Kings 1:5; as to courier posts, 2 Chronicles 30:6; 2 Chronicles 30:10; Esther 3:13; Esther 3:15; Esther 8:14. Comparing 1 Kings 4:2 with 1 Chronicles 6:10, some infer that Ahimaaz died before he attained the priesthood, and before his father Zadok, who was succeeded by Ahimaaz's son, Azariah. (See ABIATHAR)

3. 1 Kings 5:7; 1 Kings 5:15.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ahimaaz
AHIMAAZ . 1 . Saul’s father-in-law ( 1 Samuel 14:50 ). 2 . Son of Zadok. He and Jonathan were stationed outside Jerusalem to learn Absalom’s plans; after an adventurous journey they succeeded in warning David ( 2 Samuel 15:27 ; 2 Samuel 15:36 ; 2 Samuel 17:17-21 ). Ahimaaz was eager to carry the tidings of Absalom’s defeat; but Joab preferred to send by an Ethiopian slave the unwelcome news of the prince’s death. Obtaining leave to follow, Ahimaaz outstripped this man, was recognized by the watchman through the style of his running, but left the Ethiopian to disclose the worst ( 2 Samuel 18:19-32 ). It may be the same person who appears later as Solomon’s son-in-law and commissioner in Naphtali ( 1 Kings 4:15 ).

J. Taylor.

Holman Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz
(uh hihm' uh az) Personal name with uncertain meaning, “brother of anger” and “my brother is counselor,” being suggestions. 1. Saul's father-in-law (1 Samuel 14:50 ). 2 . Son of Zadok, one of David's priests (2 Samuel 15:27 ). He served as one of David's secret messengers from the court when Absalom rebelled and drove his father from Jerusalem (2 Samuel 15:36 ; 2 Samuel 7:17 ). Once he had to hide in a well to keep from being found out (2 Samuel 17:18-21 ). He was a swift runner, overtaking Cushi to bring tidings to David (2 Samuel 18:19-29 ), but he did not report Absalom's death. He maintained a reputation as a “good man” (2 Samuel 18:27 ). 3 . One of 12 officers over Solomon's provinces, he had charge of Naphtali. He married Solomon's daughter Basmath. He may be the same as 2. Zadok's son (1 Kings 4:15 ).



Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahimaaz
1. Father of Ahinoam, wife of Saul. 1 Samuel 14:50 .

2. Son of Zadok the priest. 2 Samuel 15:27,36 . When Absalom revolted and David had to flee from Jerusalem, Zadok continuing true to David, returned to the city, and Ahimaaz, and Jonathan son of Abiathar, remained at En-rogel; to whom Zadok sent word of the counsel of Ahithophel and of Hushai by a 'wench,' and they hastened to David with the news. But a lad having seen the transaction, messengers were sent in pursuit. The spies however reached a house in Bahurim, and were hid in a well, corn being spread over the covering. Their pursuers were told that they had gone on their way. So they having searched for them in vain returned to Jerusalem. The spies then hastened to David, and reached him in safety. 2 Samuel 17:17-21 . On the defeat and death of Absalom, Ahimaaz begged that he might run with the news to David. Joab at first refused; but after Cushi had started, he allowed Ahimaaz to go also; who, being swift of foot, reached David first and told him of the defeat of Absalom, but let Cushi tell of his death. 2 Samuel 18:19-29 . We have no evidence of Ahimaaz succeeding to the priesthood. He may have died before his father.

3. An officer of Solomon in Naphtali who married Basmath, daughter of Solomon. 1 Kings 4:15 .

Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Ahimaaz
the son of Zadok, the high priest. Ahimaaz succeeded his father under the reign of Solomon. He performed a very important piece of service for David during the war with Absalom. While his father Zadok was in Jerusalem, 2 Samuel 15:29 , Ahimaaz and Jonathan continued without the city, 2 Samuel 17:17 , near En-Rogel, or the fountain of Rogel; thither a maid servant came to tell them the resolution which had been taken in Absalom's council: whereupon they immediately departed to give the king intelligence. But being discovered by a young lad who gave information concerning them to Absalom, that prince sent orders to pursue them: Ahimaaz and Jonathan, fearing to be taken, retired to a man's house at Baharim, in whose court-yard there was a well, wherein they concealed themselves. After the battle, in which Absalom was overcome and slain, 17, Ahimaaz desired leave of Joab to carry the news thereof to David. But instead of him Joab sent Cushi to carry the news, and told Ahimaaz that he would send him to the king upon some other occasion; but soon after Cushi was departed, Ahimaaz applied again to Joab, praying to be permitted to run after Cushi; and, having obtained leave, he ran by the way of the plain, and outran Cushi. He was succeeded in the priesthood by his son Azariah.

People's Dictionary of the Bible - Ahimaaz
Ahimaaz (a-hĭm'a-ăz), brother of anger. 1. The father of Ahinoam, Saul's wife. 1 Samuel 14:50. 2. The son of Zadok the priest. He, with Jonathan, Abiathar's son, contrived to bring David Intelligence, during Absalom's rebellion, of Ahithophel's counsel, and Hushai's endeavor to counteract it. They were hid in a well and escaped capture. 2 Samuel 15:27; 2 Samuel 15:36; 2 Samuel 17:15-22. When the royal forces had gained the victory, he offered to convey the news to David; but his request was refused by Joab because of Absalom's death. After Cushi had been despatched, Ahimaaz again solicited permission to run, and, having overcome Joab's reluctance, he started, outran Cushi, and apprised the king of the success achieved. In answer, however, to the inquiry respecting Absalom, he, not quite truthfully, replied that he had seen a tumult, but "knew not what it was." 2 Samuel 18:19-30. We hear nothing more of Ahimaaz, and, comparing 1 Kings 4:2; 1 Chronicles 6:8-9; 1 Chronicles 6:53, it seems probable that he died before his father, and was never high priest. 3. One of Solomon's commissariat officers. 1 Kings 4:15. We cannot suppose this person identical with No. 2.

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Ahimaaz - Ahimaaz succeeded his father under the reign of Solomon. While his father Zadok was in Jerusalem, 2 Samuel 15:29 , Ahimaaz and Jonathan continued without the city, 2 Samuel 17:17 , near En-Rogel, or the fountain of Rogel; thither a maid servant came to tell them the resolution which had been taken in Absalom's council: whereupon they immediately departed to give the king intelligence. But being discovered by a young lad who gave information concerning them to Absalom, that prince sent orders to pursue them: Ahimaaz and Jonathan, fearing to be taken, retired to a man's house at Baharim, in whose court-yard there was a well, wherein they concealed themselves. After the battle, in which Absalom was overcome and slain, 17, Ahimaaz desired leave of Joab to carry the news thereof to David. But instead of him Joab sent Cushi to carry the news, and told Ahimaaz that he would send him to the king upon some other occasion; but soon after Cushi was departed, Ahimaaz applied again to Joab, praying to be permitted to run after Cushi; and, having obtained leave, he ran by the way of the plain, and outran Cushi
Basmath - Daughter of Solomon and wife of Ahimaaz, one of Solomon's commissariat officers
Ahimaaz - Ahimaaz . Ahimaaz was eager to carry the tidings of Absalom’s defeat; but Joab preferred to send by an Ethiopian slave the unwelcome news of the prince’s death. Obtaining leave to follow, Ahimaaz outstripped this man, was recognized by the watchman through the style of his running, but left the Ethiopian to disclose the worst ( 2 Samuel 18:19-32 )
Bas'Math - (fragrant, pleasing ), a daughter of Solomon, married to Ahimaaz, one of his commissariat officers
Ahimaaz - When Absalom revolted and David had to flee from Jerusalem, Zadok continuing true to David, returned to the city, and Ahimaaz, and Jonathan son of Abiathar, remained at En-rogel; to whom Zadok sent word of the counsel of Ahithophel and of Hushai by a 'wench,' and they hastened to David with the news. On the defeat and death of Absalom, Ahimaaz begged that he might run with the news to David. Joab at first refused; but after Cushi had started, he allowed Ahimaaz to go also; who, being swift of foot, reached David first and told him of the defeat of Absalom, but let Cushi tell of his death. We have no evidence of Ahimaaz succeeding to the priesthood
Ahimaaz - ... David's estimate of Ahimaaz appears in his remark on his approach after the battle (2 Samuel 18:27): "he is a good man, and cometh with good tidings. " Though Cushi was later in arriving he announced the fate of Absalom, which Ahimaaz with courtier-like equivocation evaded announcing, lest he should alloy his good news with what would be so distressing to David. Joab, knowing David's fondness for Absalom, had not wished Ahimaaz to go at all on that day, but youths will hardly believe their elders wiser than themselves. Good running was a quality much valued in those days, and Ahimaaz was famous for it. of Jordan, and Ahimaaz ran by the plain of the Jordan to David at Mahanaim. Comparing 1 Kings 4:2 with 1 Chronicles 6:10, some infer that Ahimaaz died before he attained the priesthood, and before his father Zadok, who was succeeded by Ahimaaz's son, Azariah
Ahimaaz - Ahimaaz (a-hĭm'a-ăz), brother of anger. After Cushi had been despatched, Ahimaaz again solicited permission to run, and, having overcome Joab's reluctance, he started, outran Cushi, and apprised the king of the success achieved. We hear nothing more of Ahimaaz, and, comparing 1 Kings 4:2; 1 Chronicles 6:8-9; 1 Chronicles 6:53, it seems probable that he died before his father, and was never high priest
Ahinoam -
The daughter of Ahimaaz, and wife of Saul (1Samuel 14:50)
Zadok - The son of Ahitub, and father of Ahimaaz, high-priest of the Jews in the reigns of Saul and David
Ahinoam - Daughter of Ahimaaz and wife of Saul, 1 Samuel 14:50
Ahinoam - Daughter of Ahimaaz and wife of Saul ( 1 Samuel 14:50 )
Cushi - Less acquainted also with "the way of the Ciccar," the ground in the Jordan valley, from whence Ahimaaz outran him (2 Samuel 18:21-23)
Bashemath - ... ... A daughter of Solomon, and wife of Ahimaaz, one of his officers (1 Kings 4:15 )
Ahin'o-am -
The daughter of Ahimaaz and wife of Saul
Bahurim - Here Shimei resided, who poured forth vile abuse against David, and flung dust and stones at him and his party when they were making their way down the eastern slopes of Olivet toward Jordan (16:5); and here Jonathan and Ahimaaz hid themselves (17:18)
Ahinoam - Daughter of Ahimaaz andwife of Saul
en-Rogel - It was at this fountain that Jonathan and Ahimaaz lay hid after the flight of David (2 Samuel 17:17 ); and here also Adonijah held the feast when he aspired to the throne of his father (1 Kings 1:9 )
en-Rogel - Jonathan and Ahimaaz, the priests' sons, stayed at En-rogel as messengers to relay to David what the priests might learn from Absalom when he took over Jerusalem from his father (2 Samuel 17:17 )
Bahurim - The place where Paltiel, son of Laish, was ordered to relinquish Michal ( 2 Samuel 3:16 ); where Shimei dwelt, who cursed David in his flight ( 2 Samuel 16:5 ); where Ahimaaz and Jonathan hid in the well from Absalom ( 2 Samuel 17:18-19 ); and the home of Azmaveth, one of David’s mighty men ( 1Ch 11:33 , 2 Samuel 23:31 , where Barhumite is written for Baharumite )
Bashemath - Solomon's daughter, married to Ahimaaz, one of his commissariat officers (1 Kings 4:15)
Enrogel - Here Jonathan and Ahimaaz remained to receive intelligence for David from within the walls (2 Samuel 17:17). This spring suits better, as being nearer Jerusalem than Bir-eyub, which is too far for 2 Samuel 17:17, and altogether away from the direct road over Olivet to Jordan, and too much in full view of the city for Jonathan's and Ahimaaz' secret purpose
Basemath - A daughter of Solomon, who became the wife of Ahimaaz, one of the king’s officers ( 1 Kings 4:15 )
en-Rogel - It was outside Jerusalem; and David’s spies, Jonathan and Ahimaaz, were here stationed in quest of news of the revolt of Absalom ( 2 Samuel 17:17 )
Enrogel - It was whereJonathan and Ahimaaz stayed in secret, to carry to David any message from Hushai, on the revolt of Absalom; and close to this spring Adonijah called the king's sons together when he exalted himself to succeed David as king
Hushai - By so doing he was enabled both to defeat the plans of Ahithophel and to keep David informed (by means of Ahimaaz and Jonathan, the sons of Zadok and Abiathar the priests) of the progress of events in Jerusalem ( 2 Samuel 16:16 to 2 Samuel 17:23 )
Basemath - Daughter of Solomon who married Ahimaaz, district supervisor providing supplies for the royal court from Naphtali (1 Kings 4:15 )
Bahurim - Here, in the court of a house, Jonathan and Ahimaaz lay hidden under the well's covering upon which grain was spread
Azari'ah - The principal persons who bore this name were--
Son of Ahimaaz. (1 Chronicles 6:9 ) He appears from (1 Kings 4:2 ) to have succeeded Zadok, his grandfather, in the high priesthood, in the reign of Solomon, Ahimaaz having died before Zadok. ) [Ahimaaz ] ... A chief officer of Solomon's, the son of Nathan, perhaps David's grandson
Azariah - Son of Ahimaaz (1 Chronicles 6:9), succeeded Zadok his grandfather in the high priesthood in Solomon's reign, Ahimaaz having died before Zadok (1 Chronicles 6:10, the "he" refers to the Azariah in 1 Chronicles 6:9)
Zadok - Son of Ahitub and father of Ahimaaz, descended from Aaron through Eleazar and was a priest in the time of David (2 Samuel 8:17 ; 1 Chronicles 6:3-8 ). Zadok's son Ahimaaz was the go-between and was also the first to bring David news of Absalom's defeat (2 Samuel 18:27 )
Azariah - ... ... Son of Ahimaaz, who succeeded his grandfather Zadok as high priest (1 Chronicles 6:9 ; 1 Kings 4:2 ) in the days of Solomon
Joha'Nan -
Son of Azariah and grandson of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, and father of Azariah, 3
Azariah - Son of Ahimaaz and grandson of Zadok
Zadok - At Absalom's revolt Zadok and the Levites bearing the ark accompanied David in leaving Jerusalem, but at his request returned with the ark and along with Hushai and Abiathar became David's medium of knowing events passing in the city, through Jonathan and Ahimaaz
Azariah - High priest under Solomon (1 Kings 4:2 ) listed as son of Zadok (1 Kings 4:2 ) or of Ahimaaz (1 Chronicles 6:9 ), the son of Zadok (2 Samuel 15:27 )
Good - 18:27, Ahimaaz is described as a “good” man because he comes with “good” military news
Joab - ... Aware of the anguish the act would cause David, Joab restrained Ahimaaz who was eager to carry the tidings to the king
Jonathan - In Absalom's rebellion returned with his father from Olivet to act as David's spy with Ahimaaz, conveying the tidings from Abiathar and Hushai in the city (2 Samuel 15:36; 2 Samuel 15:2 Samuel 17)
Gospel - "Praise be to the Lord your God!" exclaims Ahimaaz in reporting victory to David (2 Samuel 18:28 )
High Priest - )... The high priest at Solomon's dedication of the temple in the 11th year of his reign was probably Zadok's grandson, Azariah, son of Ahimaaz, for Zadok was old at Solomon's accession (1 Kings 4:2; 1 Chronicles 6:9-10); the notice that he executed the priest's office in Solomon's temple must refer to the Azariah of 1 Chronicles 6:9, not of 1 Chronicles 6:10