Verse 9 "To carry tidings to their idols." Before they get married in the East, they will go to their idols.
The girl is taken to the idol, and they make a great sacrifice—fall down and worship so that the idol might
bless the girl. The bride and the bridegroom will go before the idols with their clothes tied together in a
knot and give thanks to the gods for their marriage. They will go to the idols before they go to the
banquet because they are taught to seek God first in everything. They go to the idols to make their
declarations there first. If they have a victory in war, the first thing they will do is go to the idols and
thank them.
Verse 9 See Matthew 3:11 and 12.
Verse 3 "Flagon of wine." This is same as II Samuel 6:19; Song of Solomon 2:5.
Verses 7-10 See also II Samuel 6:4-7.
Verse 4 The Oriental way of disgracing a person is to get a hold of them and shave off their beard. If a
person does it in a marriage ceremony while playing around, that is for fun. But if a person gets hold of
you in a war or political issue, then he disgraces you. They thought David's servants were spies, and they
knew they wouldn't go back in that condition. In cutting off their garment to the buttocks, they just left a
piece in front and some in back. The rest is all torn into pieces. They don't cut it off straight, but rip it up.
Verses 4 and 5 The Eastern people are shamed and disgraced when they shave off one-half of their
beards or their hair. Complete disgrace—shave off their hair. They do it to people, for example an
enemy that doesn't agree with the king; or they do it to themselves, in funerals of close relatives, etc.
Here the enemy king got them and shaved them and they were ashamed to come back to the city. You
yourself shaving hair is humbling yourself to show sympathy, but someone else doing it is a disgrace.