(2 Samuel 18:19-33) (New American Standard Bible 1995 ) 19 Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, “Please let me run and bring the king news that the Lord has freed him from the hand of his enemies.” 20 But Joab said to him, “You are not the man to carry news this day, but you shall carry news another day; however, you shall carry no news today because the king’s son is dead.” 21 Then Joab said to the Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.” So the Cushite bowed to Joab and ran. 22 Now Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said once more to Joab, “But whatever happens, please let me also run after the Cushite.” And Joab said, “Why would you run, my son, since you will have no reward for going?” 23 “But whatever happens,” he said, “I will run.” So he said to him, “Run.” Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain and passed up the Cushite..............................................................................................................more scripture............ more scripture.................................27 The watchman said, “I [b]think the running of the first one is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok.” And the king said, “This is a good man and comes with good news.” 28 Ahimaaz called and said to the king, “[c]All is well.” And he prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. And he said, “Blessed is the Lord your God, who has delivered up the men who lifted their hands against my lord the king.” 29 The king said, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And Ahimaaz answered, “When Joab sent the king’s servant, and your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I did Not know what it was.” 30 Then the king said, “Turn aside and stand here.” So he turned aside and stood still. 31 Behold, the Cushite arrived, and the Cushite said, “Let my lord the king receive good news, for the Lord has [d]freed you this day from the hand of all those who rose up against you.” 32 Then the king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And the Cushite answered, “Let the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be as that young man!” 33 [e]The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
I might just be asking the obvious but, Why did Ahimaaz the son of Zadok run ahead of the Cushite to Only provide good news about War Victory, & Not the Bad News about Absalom's death?
( Was Ahimaaz being a sleazy opportunist in the aforementioned scenario? Were there any benefits for Ahimaaz for bringing Only the good message? )
@vincent-wong Thanks for your response, and for referring to
( 2 Samuel 18:29 ) The king said, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And Ahimaaz answered, “When Joab sent the king’s servant, and your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I did Not know what it was.”
Therefore, we could probably assume the following about Zadok's son, Ahimaaz, motiviations:
Sort of a sleazy opportunist action whereby Ahimaaz wanted to show himself as the messenger of good news regarding the War Victory for King David
Based on @vincent-wong referring to the ( 2 Samuel 18:29 ) bible verse, and subsequently ( 2 Samuel 18:32 ) bible verse that indicated the Cushite's confirmation of Absalom's death, Ahimaaz probably wanted to give King David a hint that Joab was in some way associated to the death of Absalom. Ahimaaz probably thought that the Cushite would Only confirm Absalom's death, but would Not even hint that it was Joab. Therefore, Ahimaaz wanted to some how hint that Joab was behind Absalom's death by telling King David that Joab sent him and the Cushite as messenger while there was a "great tumult" in ( 2 Samuel 18:29 ). Ultimately, David would be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together by analzying Ahimaaz told him, and then later on what the Cushite told him. Essentially, David would determine that Joab was the person that caused Absalom's death
Probably a combination of 1) and 2) that would suggest Ahimaaz was an opportunist, and also wanted King David to know that Joab was guilty for killing Absalom.