2 Samuel 14:25, Absalom’s Hair

In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him.

//What a specimen, that Absalom! So gorgeous was he that he sometimes had to cut his hair, because it grew so long and heavy. The locks of hair from each cutting weighed two hundred shekels (about five pounds).

Such a man deserves to be king, or so Absalom imagined. Rebellious, he turned against his father David, God’s anointed king. And that’s where divine justice caught up with him.

Fleeing the men of David on a mule, his dazzling hair caught on the branch of a tree, and the mule kept going without him. Dangling alive from the tree branch, David’s men caught up with him and killed him.

Surely, it’s from this story that we derive the common saying: “Hair today, gone tomorrow.”

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