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Meaning: brother of insipidity (dullness, stupidity) or impiety (irreverence, disrespect)

Ahithophel was a man greatly renowned for his keen perception and intelligence among the Jews. At the time of Absalom’s revolt he deserted David (Ps. 41:9; 55:12-14) and promoted the cause of Absalom (2 Sam. 15:12). David sent his old friend Hushai back to Absalom, in order that he might counteract the counsel of Ahithophel (2 Sam. 15:31-37). Absalom listened, and when Ahithophel realized that he no longer had any influence, he at once left the Absalom’s camp and returned to Giloh, his native place, where, after arranging his wordly affairs, he hanged himself, and was buried in the grave of his fathers (2 Sam. 17:1-23). He was a type of Judas (Ps. 41:9).