Verse 33. "O my son Absalom" - It is allowed by the most able critics that this lamentation is exceedingly pathetic. In what order the words were pronounced, for much depends on this, we cannot say. Perhaps it was the following:- ynb µwlba ynb Beni Abshalom, beni! My son Absalom! O my son! µwlba ynb Beni Abshalom! O my son Absalom! ūytjt yna ytwm ty ym Mi yitten muthi ani thachteicha. O that I had died in thy stead! ynb ynb µwlba Abshalom, beni! beni! O Absalom, my son, my son! Is there no hope for the soul of this profligate young man? He died in his iniquity: but is it not possible that he implored the mercy of his Maker while he hung in the tree? And is it not possible that the mercy of God was extended to him? And was not that suspension a respite, to the end that he might have time to deprecate the wrath of Divine justice? This is at least a charitable conjecture, and humanity will delight in such a case to lay hold even on possibilities. If there be any room for hope in such a death, who that knows the worth of an immortal soul, would not wish to indulge in it?