Ahithophel


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Ahithophel

(əˈhɪθəˌfɛl) or

Achitophel

n
(Bible) a member of David's council, who became one of Absalom's advisers in his rebellion and hanged himself when his advice was overruled (II Samuel 15:12–17:23)
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But to become monarch of England,'' said his Ahithophel coolly, ``it is necessary not only that your Grace should endure the transgressions of these unprincipled marauders, but that you should afford them your protection, notwithstanding your laudable zeal for the laws they are in the habit of infringing.
The Hebrew Bible mentions suicide seven times, committed by a total of five individuals (Abimelech in Judges 9, Saul and his armor bearer in 1 Samuel 31/lChronicles 10, Ahithophel in 2 Samuel 17, and Zimri in 1 Kings 16).
Unlike the cases of Abimelech, Samson, and Saul, whose last words state the motives behind their suicide, and like that of Saul's squire, it is the narrator who reports the reason for Ahithophel's suicide: When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his ass and went home to his native town.
13) Alexander Whyte, Bible Characters: Ahithophel to Nehemiah (Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, 1900) 119.
Collins' claim that honor and shame assume greater importance in Ben Sira's day, partly through Greek influence, may be correct, but the suicide of a disgraced Ahithophel implies that a counsellor in David's era considered honor a matter of life and death.