The Ahithophel Sin-drome


SERIES: Saints with Sin-Dromes


2 Samuel 17:1-14 GNV

1     Not long after that, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose twelve thousand men, and tonight I will set out after David.

2     I will attack him while he is tired and discouraged. He will be frightened, and all his men will run away. I will kill only the king

3     and then bring back all his men to you, like a bride returning to her husband. You want to kill only one man; the rest of the people will be safe.”

4     This seemed like good advice to Absalom and all the Israelite leaders.

5     Absalom said, “Now call Hushai, and let us hear what he has to say.”

6     When Hushai arrived, Absalom said to him, “This is the advice that Ahithophel has given us; shall we follow it? If not, you tell us what to do.”

7     Hushai answered, “The advice Ahithophel gave you this time is no good.

8     You know that your father David and his men are hard fighters and that they are as fierce as a mother bear robbed of her cubs. Your father is an experienced soldier and does not stay with his men at night.

9     Right now he is probably hiding in a cave or some other place. As soon as David attacks your men, whoever hears about it will say that your men have been defeated.

10   Then even the bravest men, as fearless as lions, will be afraid because everyone in Israel knows that your father is a great soldier and that his men are hard fighters.

11   My advice is that you bring all the Israelites together from one end of the country to the other, as many as the grains of sand on the seashore, and that you lead them personally in battle.

12   We will find David wherever he is, and attack him before he knows what’s happening. Neither he nor any of his men will survive.

13   If he retreats into a city, our people will all bring ropes and just pull the city into the valley below. Not a single stone will be left there on top of the hill.”

14   Absalom and all the Israelites said, “Hushai’s advice is better than Ahithophel’s.” The Lord had decided that Ahithophel’s good advice would not be followed, so that disaster would come on Absalom.


Proverbs 15:22 GNV

Get all the advice you can, and you will succeed; without it you will fail.


Psalm 1:1 GNV

Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God.


Good advisors help us to see our best OPTIONS when it seems we have no OPTIONS or too many OPTIONS.


2 Samuel 16:23 GNV – Any advice that Ahithophel gave in those days was accepted as though it were the very word of God; both David and Absalom followed it.

2 Samuel 15:12 GNV – And while he was offering sacrifices, Absalom also sent to the town of Gilo for Ahithophel, who was one of King David’s advisers. The plot against the king gained strength, and Absalom’s followers grew in number.


2 Samuel 15:31-37 GNV31 When David was told that Ahithophel had joined Absalom’s rebellion, he prayed, “Please, Lord, turn Ahithophel’s advice into nonsense!” 32 When David reached the top of the hill, where there was a place of worship, his trusted friend Hushai the Archite met him with his clothes torn and with dirt on his head. 33 David said to him, “You will be of no help to me if you come with me, 34 but you can help me by returning to the city and telling Absalom that you will now serve him as faithfully as you served his father. And do all you can to oppose any advice that Ahithophel gives. 35 The priests Zadok and Abiathar will be there; tell them everything you hear in the king’s palace. 36 They have their sons Ahimaaz and Jonathan with them, and you can send them to me with all the information you gather.” 37 So Hushai, David’s friend, returned to the city just as Absalom was arriving.

Romans 11:29 GNV – For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses.



Your worst enemy is the friend who isn’t sure whether they are FOR YOU or AGAINST YOU.


Romans 12:10 NIV – Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.



2 Samuel 23:34 GNV – Eliam son of Ahithophel from Gilo


2 Samuel 11:1-3 GNV1 The following spring, at the time of the year when kings usually go to war, David sent out Joab with his officers and the Israelite army; they defeated the Ammonites and besieged the city of Rabbah. But David himself stayed in Jerusalem. 2 One day, late in the afternoon, David got up from his nap and went to the palace roof. As he walked around up there, he saw a woman taking a bath in her house. She was very beautiful. 3 So he sent a messenger to find out who she was, and learned that she was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.



The Ahithophel sin-drome is HARBORED HATE HIDDEN in the HEART


Hebrews 12:15 NLT – Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.



  1. A root comes from a SEED
  • A broken PROMISE
  • A broken CONFIDENCE
  • A betrayal of an EXPECTATION
  • A personal REJECTION
  • A false ACCUSATION
  • A minimization of your ABILITIES


  1. A seed has to be PLANTED
  2. A seed has to be WATERED
  3. Seeds if watered will eventually SURFACE
  4. There are no happy BITTER people


Your life is what you chose to REMEMBER.


Ephesians 4:31-32 GNV31 Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. 32 Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.


Romans 12:17-21 GNV17 If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18 Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.19 Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21 Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good

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