Try out the new BibleStudyTools.com. Click here!

Compare Translations for 2 Samuel 14:20

2 Samuel 14:20 ASV
to change the face of the matter hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.
Read 2 Samuel 14 ASV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 ASV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 BBE
This he did, hoping that the face of this business might be changed: and my lord is wise, with the wisdom of the angel of God, having knowledge of everything on earth.
Read 2 Samuel 14 BBE  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 BBE in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 CEB
Your servant Joab did this to change the way things look. But my master's wisdom is like the wisdom of one of God's own messengers—he knows everything that takes place in the land."
Read 2 Samuel 14 CEB  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 CEB in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 CJB
Your servant Yo'av did this in order to bring about some change in the situation. But my lord is wise, he has the wisdom of an angel of God when it comes to understanding anything going on in the land."
Read 2 Samuel 14 CJB  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 CJB in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 RHE
That I should come about with this form of speech, thy servant Joab commanded this: but thou, my lord, O king, art wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to understand all things upon earth.
Read 2 Samuel 14 RHE  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 RHE in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 ESV
In order to change the course of things your servant Joab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 ESV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 ESV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 GW
Your servant Joab has done this to portray the matter in a different light. You are as wise as God's Messenger, who knows everything on earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 GW  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 GW in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 GNT
But he did it in order to straighten out this whole matter. Your Majesty is as wise as the angel of God and knows everything that happens."
Read 2 Samuel 14 GNT  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 GNT in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 HNV
to change the face of the matter has your servant Yo'av done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the eretz.
Read 2 Samuel 14 HNV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 HNV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 CSB
Joab your servant has done this to address the issue indirectly, but my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the Angel of God, knowing everything on earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 CSB  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 CSB in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 KJV
To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.
Read 2 Samuel 14 KJV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 KJV in parallel  |  Interlinear view
2 Samuel 14:20 LEB
In order {to change the situation}, your servant Joab did this thing. But my lord [has] wisdom, as the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all that [is] on the earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 LEB  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 LEB in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 NAS
in order to change the appearance of things your servant Joab has done this thing. But my lord is wise, like the wisdom of the angel of God, to know all that is in the earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 NAS  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 NAS in parallel  |  Interlinear view
2 Samuel 14:20 NCV
Joab did it so you would see things differently. My master, you are wise like an angel of God who knows everything that happens on earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 NCV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 NCV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 NIRV
He did it to change the way things now are. You are as wise as an angel of God. You know everything that happens in the land."
Read 2 Samuel 14 NIRV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 NIRV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 NIV
Your servant Joab did this to change the present situation. My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God--he knows everything that happens in the land."
Read 2 Samuel 14 NIV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 NIV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 NKJV
To bring about this change of affairs your servant Joab has done this thing; but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that is in the earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 NKJV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 NKJV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 NLT
He did it to place the matter before you in a different light. But you are as wise as an angel of God, and you understand everything that happens among us!"
Read 2 Samuel 14 NLT  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 NLT in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 NRS
In order to change the course of affairs your servant Joab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 NRS  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 NRS in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 RSV
In order to change the course of affairs your servant Jo'ab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 RSV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 RSV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 DBY
in order to turn the appearance of the thing has thy servant Joab done this thing; but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all that is in the earth.
Read 2 Samuel 14 DBY  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 DBY in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 MSG
It was because he wanted to turn things around that your servant Joab did this. But my master is as wise as God's angels in knowing how to handle things on this earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 MSG  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 MSG in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 WBT
To bring about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord [is] wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all [things] that [are] on the earth.
Read 2 Samuel 14 WBT  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 WBT in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 TMB
To bring about this manner of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing; and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth."
Read 2 Samuel 14 TMB  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 TMB in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 TNIV
Your servant Joab did this to change the present situation. My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God--he knows everything that happens in the land."
Read 2 Samuel 14 TNIV  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 TNIV in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 WEB
to change the face of the matter has your servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.
Read 2 Samuel 14 WEB  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 WEB in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 WYC
that I should turn the figure of this word (so that I might help straighten out this matter); for thy servant Joab commanded this thing. Forsooth thou, my lord the king, art wise, as an angel of God that hath wisdom, that thou understand all things on (the) earth.
Read 2 Samuel 14 WYC  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 WYC in parallel  
2 Samuel 14:20 YLT
in order to bring round the appearance of the thing hath thy servant Joab done this thing, and my lord [is] wise, according to the wisdom of a messenger of God, to know all that [is] in the land.'
Read 2 Samuel 14 YLT  |  Read 2 Samuel 14:20 YLT in parallel  

2 Samuel 14 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 14

Joab procures Absalom's recall. (1-20) Absalom recalled. (21-24) His personal beauty. (25-27) He is admitted to his father's presence. (28-33)

Verses 1-20 We may notice here, how this widow pleads God's mercy, and his clemency toward poor guilty sinners. The state of sinners is a state of banishment from God. God pardons none to the dishonour of his law and justice, nor any who are impenitent; nor to the encouragement of crimes, or the hurt of others.

Verses 21-24 David was inclined to favour Absalom, yet, for the honour of his justice, he could not do it but upon application made for him, which may show the methods of Divine grace. It is true that God has thoughts of compassion toward poor sinners, not willing that any should perish; yet he is only reconciled to them through a Mediator, who pleads on their behalf. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and Christ came to this land of our banishment, to bring us to God.

Verses 25-27 Nothing is said of Absalom's wisdom and piety. All here said of him is, that he was very handsome. A poor commendation for a man that had nothing else in him valuable. Many a polluted, deformed soul dwells in a fair and comely body. And we read that he had a very fine head of hair. It was a burden to him, but he would not cut it as long as he could bear the weight. That which feeds and gratifies pride, is not complained of, though uneasy. May the Lord grant us the beauty of holiness, and the adorning of a meek and quiet spirit! Only those who fear God are truly happy.

Verses 28-33 By his insolent carriage toward Joab, Absalom brought Joab to plead for him. By his insolent message to the king, he gained his wishes. When parents and rulers countenance such characters, they will soon suffer the most fatal effects. But did the compassion of a father prevail to reconcile him to an impenitent son, and shall penitent sinners question the compassion of Him who is the Father of mercies?

2 Samuel 14 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 14

2 Samuel 14:1-21 . JOAB INSTRUCTS A WOMAN OF TEKOAH.

2-21. And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman--The king was strongly attached to Absalom; and having now got over his sorrow for the violent death of Amnon, he was desirous of again enjoying the society of his favorite son, who had now been three long years absent. But a dread of public opinion and a regard to the public interests made him hesitate about recalling or pardoning his guilty son; and Joab, whose discerning mind perceived this struggle between parental affection and royal duty, devised a plan for relieving the scruples, and, at the same time, gratifying the wishes, of his master. Having procured a countrywoman of superior intelligence and address, he directed her to seek an audience of the king, and by soliciting his royal interposition in the settlement of a domestic grievance, convinced him that the life of a murderer might in some cases be saved. Tekoah was about twelve miles south of Jerusalem, and six south of Beth-lehem; and the design of bringing a woman from such a distance was to prevent either the petitioner being known, or the truth of her story easily investigated. Her speech was in the form of a parable--the circumstances--the language--the manner--well suited to the occasion, represented a case as like David's as it was policy to make it, so as not to be prematurely discovered. Having got the king pledged, she avowed it to be her design to satisfy the royal conscience, that in pardoning Absalom he was doing nothing more than he would have done in the case of a stranger, where there could be no imputation of partiality. The device succeeded; David traced its origin to Joab; and, secretly pleased at obtaining the judgment of that rough, but generally sound-thinking soldier, he commissioned him to repair to Geshur and bring home his exiled son.

7. they shall quench my coal which is left--The life of man is compared in Scripture to a light. To quench the light of Israel ( 2 Samuel 21:17 ) is to destroy the king's life; to ordain a lamp for any one ( Psalms 132:17 ) is to grant him posterity; to quench a coal signifies here the extinction of this woman's only remaining hope that the name and family of her husband would be preserved. The figure is a beautiful one; a coal live, but lying under a heap of embers--all that she had to rekindle her fire--to light her lamp in Israel.

9. the woman said . . . O king, the iniquity be on me--that is, the iniquity of arresting the course of justice and pardoning a homicide, whom the Goel was bound to slay wherever he might find him, unless in a city of refuge. This was exceeding the royal prerogative, and acting in the character of an absolute monarch. The woman's language refers to a common precaution taken by the Hebrew judges and magistrates, solemnly to transfer from themselves the responsibility of the blood they doomed to be shed, either to the accusers or the criminals ( 2 Samuel 1:16 , 3:28 ); and sometimes the accusers took it upon themselves ( Matthew 27:25 ).

13-17. Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the people of God, &c.--Her argument may be made clear in the following paraphrase:--You have granted me the pardon of a son who had slain his brother, and yet you will not grant to your subjects the restoration of Absalom, whose criminality is not greater than my son's, since he killed his brother in similar circumstances of provocation. Absalom has reason to complain that he is treated by his own father more sternly and severely than the meanest subject in the realm; and the whole nation will have cause for saying that the king shows more attention to the petition of a humble woman than to the wishes and desires of a whole kingdom. The death of my son is a private loss to my family, while the preservation of Absalom is the common interest of all Israel, who now look to him as your successor on the throne.

2 Samuel 14:22-33 . JOAB BRINGS ABSALOM TO JERUSALEM.

22. To-day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight--Joab betrayed not a little selfishness amid his professions of joy at this act of grace to Absalom, and flattered himself that he now brought both father and son under lasting obligations. In considering this act of David, many extenuating circumstances may be urged in favor of it; the provocation given to Absalom; his being now in a country where justice could not overtake him; the risk of his imbibing a love for heathen principles and worship; the safety and interests of the Hebrew kingdom; together with the strong predilection of the Hebrew people for Absalom, as represented by the stratagem of Joab--these considerations form a plausible apology for David's grant of pardon to his bloodstained son. But, in granting this pardon, he was acting in the character of an Oriental despot rather than a constitutional king of Israel. The feelings of the father triumphed over the duty of the king, who, as the supreme magistrate, was bound to execute impartial justice on every murderer, by the express law of God ( Genesis 9:6 , Numbers 35:30 Numbers 35:31 ), which he had no power to dispense with ( Deuteronomy 18:18 , Joshua 1:8 , 1 Samuel 10:25 ).

25, 26. But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty--This extraordinary popularity arose not only from his high spirit and courtly manners, but from his uncommonly handsome appearance. One distinguishing feature, seemingly an object of great admiration, was a profusion of beautiful hair. Its extraordinary luxuriance compelled him to cut it when it was found to weigh two hundred shekels--equal to one hundred twelve ounces troy; but as "the weight was after the king's shekel," which was less than the common shekel, the rate has been reduced as low as three pounds, two ounces [BOCHART], and even less by others.

28. So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face--Whatever error David committed in authorizing the recall of Absalom, he displayed great prudence and command over his feelings afterwards--for his son was not admitted into his father's presence but was confined to his own house and the society of his own family. This slight severity was designed to bring him to sincere repentance, on perceiving that his father had not fully pardoned him, as well as to convince the people of David 's abhorrence of his crime. Not being allowed to appear at court, or to adopt any state, the courtiers kept aloof; even his cousin did not deem it prudent to go into his society. For two full years his liberty was more restricted, and his life more apart from his countrymen while living in Jerusalem, than in Geshur; and he might have continued in this disgrace longer, had he not, by a violent expedient, determined ( 2 Samuel 14:30 ) to force his case on the attention of Joab, through whose kind and powerful influence a full reconciliation was effected between him and his father.