This chapter puts a period to Absalom’s rebellion and life, and so makes way for David to his throne again, whither the next chapter brings him back in peace and triumph. We have here, I. David’s preparations to engage the rebels, 2 Sam. 18:1-5. II. The total defeat of Absalom’s party and their dispersion, 2 Sam. 18:6-8. III. The death of Absalom, and his burial, 2 Sam. 18:9-18. IV. The bringing of the tidings to David, who tarried at Mahanaim, 2 Sam. 18:19-32. V. His bitter lamentation for Absalom, 2 Sam. 18:33.