Compare Translations for 2 Samuel 17:26

2 Samuel 17:26 ASV
And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 BBE
And Israel and Absalom put up their tents in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 CEB
Israel and Absalom camped in the territory of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 CJB
Isra'el and Avshalom pitched camp in the land of Gil'ad.
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2 Samuel 17:26 RHE
And Israel camped with Absalom in the land of Galaad.
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2 Samuel 17:26 ESV
And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 GW
The Israelites and Absalom camped in the region of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 GNT
Absalom and his men camped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 HNV
Yisra'el and Avshalom encamped in the land of Gil`ad.
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2 Samuel 17:26 CSB
And Israel and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 LEB
Israel and Absalom camped [in] the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 NCV
Absalom and the Israelites camped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 NIRV
Absalom and the people of Israel camped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 NIV
The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 NKJV
So Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 NLT
Absalom and the Israelite army set up camp in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 NRS
The Israelites and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 RSV
And Israel and Ab'salom encamped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 DBY
And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 WBT
So Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 TMB
So Israel and Absalom pitched camp in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 WEB
Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 WYC
And Israel setted tents with Absalom in the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17:26 YLT
and Israel encampeth with Absalom [in] the land of Gilead.
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2 Samuel 17 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 17

Ahithophel's counsel overthrown. (1-21) He hangs himself, Absalom pursues David. (22-29)

Verses 1-21 Here was a wonderful effect of Divine Providence blinding Absalom's mind and influencing his heart, that he could not rest in Ahithophel's counsel, and that he should desire Hushai's advice. But there is no contending with that God who can arm a man against himself, and destroy him by his own mistakes and passions. Ahithophel's former counsel was followed, for God intended to correct David; but his latter counsel was not followed, for God meant not to destroy him. He can overrule all counsels. Whatever wisdom or help any man employs or affords, the success is from God alone, who will not let his people perish.

Verses 22-29 Ahithophel hanged himself for vexation that his counsel was not followed. That will break a proud man's heart which will not break a humble man's sleep. He thought himself in danger, concluding, that, because his counsel was not followed, Absalom's cause would fail; and to prevent a possible public execution, he does justice upon himself. Thus the breath is stopped, and the head laid low, from which nothing could be expected but mischief. Absalom chased his father. But observe how God sometimes makes up to his people that comfort from strangers, which they are disappointed of in their own families. Our King needs not our help; but he assures us, that what we do for the least of his brethren, who are sick, poor, and destitute, shall be accepted and recompensed as if done to himself

2 Samuel 17 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 17

2 Samuel 17:1-14 . AHITHOPHEL'S COUNSEL OVERTHROWN BY HUSHAI.

1-11. Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom--The recommendation to take prompt and decisive measures before the royalist forces could be collected and arranged, evinced the deep political sagacity of this councillor. The adoption of his advice would have extinguished the cause of David; and it affords a dreadful proof of the extremities to which the heartless prince was, to secure his ambitious objects, prepared to go, that the parricidal counsel "pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel." It was happily overruled, however, by the address of Hushai, who saw the imminent danger to which it would expose the king and the royal cause. He dwelt upon the warlike character and military experience of the old king--represented him and his adherents as mighty men, who would fight with desperation; and who, most probably, secure in some stronghold, would be beyond reach, while the smallest loss of Absalom's men at the outset might be fatal to the success of the conspiracy. But his dexterity was chiefly displayed in that part of his counsel which recommended a general levy throughout the country; and that Absalom should take command of it in person--thereby flattering at once the pride and ambition of the usurper. The bait was caught by the vainglorious and wicked prince.

12. we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground--No image could have symbolized the sudden onset of an enemy so graphically to an Oriental mind as the silent, irresistible, and rapid descent of this natural moisture on every field and blade of grass.

13. all Israel shall bring ropes to that city--In besieging a town, hooks or cranes were often thrown upon the walls or turrets, by which, with ropes attached to them, the besiegers, uniting all their force, pulled down the fortifications in a mass of ruins.

14. The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel--The reasons specified being extremely plausible, and expressed in the strong hyperbolical language suited to dazzle an Oriental imagination, the council declared in favor of Hushai's advice; and their resolution was the immediate cause of the discomfiture of the rebellion, although the council itself was only a link in the chain of causation held by the controlling hand of the Lord.

2 Samuel 17:15-22 . SECRET INTELLIGENCE SENT TO DAVID.

16. send quickly, and tell David--Apparently doubting that his advice would be followed, Hushai ordered secret intelligence to be conveyed to David of all that transpired, with an urgent recommendation to cross the Jordan without a moment's delay, lest Ahithophel's address and influence might produce a change on the prince's mind, and an immediate pursuit be determined on.

17. by En-rogel--the fuller's well in the neighborhood of Jerusalem, below the junction of the valley of Hinnom with that of Jehoshaphat.

18. and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court--The court was that of the house, and the well an empty cistern. All the houses of the better class are furnished with such reservoirs. Nothing could more easily happen than that one of these wells, in consequence of a deficiency of water, should become dry and it would then answer as a place of retreat, such as David's friends found in the man's house at Bahurim. The spreading of a covering over the well's mouth for the drying of corn is a common practice.

2 Samuel 17:23-29 . AHITHOPHEL HANGS HIMSELF.

23. when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed--His vanity was wounded, his pride mortified on finding that his ascendency was gone; but that chagrin was aggravated by other feelings--a painful conviction that through the delay which had been resolved on, the cause of Absalom was lost. Hastening home, therefore, he arranged his private affairs, and knowing that the storm of retributive vengeance would fall chiefly upon him as the instigator and prop of the rebellion, he hanged himself. It may be remarked that the Israelites did not, at that time, refuse the rites of sepulture even to those who died by their own hands. He had an imitator in Judas, who resembled him in his treason, as well as in his infamous end.

24. Then David came to Mahanaim--in the high eastern country of Gilead, the seat of Ish-bosheth's government.
Absalom passed over Jordan--It is not said how long an interval elapsed, but there must have been sufficient time to make the intended levy throughout the kingdom.

25. Amasa--By the genealogy it appears that this captain stood in the same relation to David as Joab, both being his nephews. Of course, Amasa was Absalom's cousin, and though himself an Israelite, his father was an Ishmaelite ( 1 Chronicles 2:17 ).
Nahash--is thought by some to be another name of Jesse, or according to others, the name of Jesse's wife.

27-29. when David was come to Mahanaim--The necessities of the king and his followers were hospitably ministered to by three chiefs, whose generous loyalty is recorded with honor in the sacred narrative.
Shobi--must have been a brother of Hanun. Disapproving, probably, of that young king's outrage upon the Israelite ambassadors, he had been made governor of Ammon by David on the conquest of that country.
Machir--(See 2 Samuel 9:4 ). Supposed by some to have been a brother of Bath-sheba, and
Barzillai--a wealthy old grandee, whose great age and infirmities made his loyal devotion to the distressed monarch peculiarly affecting. The supplies they brought, which (besides beds for the weary) consisted of the staple produce of their rich lands and pastures, may be classified a follows: eatables--wheat, barley, flour, beans, lentils, sheep, and cheese; drinkables--"honey and butter" or cream, which, being mixed together, form a thin, diluted beverage, light, cool, and refreshing. Being considered a luxurious refreshment ( Solomon 4:11 ), the supply of it shows the high respect that was paid to David by his loyal and faithful subjects at Mahanaim.

29. in the wilderness--spread out beyond the cultivated tablelands into the steppes of Hauran.