2 Samuel 10:12

12 Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.”

2 Samuel 10:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.
ESV
12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him."
NLT
12 Be courageous! Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the LORD ’s will be done.”
MSG
12 Courage! We'll fight with might and main for our people and for the cities of our God. And God will do whatever he sees needs doing!"
CSB
12 Be strong! We must prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God. May the Lord's will be done."

2 Samuel 10:12 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 10:12

Be of good courage, and let us play the men
This Joab said, not only to encourage Abishai and himself, but in the hearing of the rest of the officers of the army, and of many of the people, to hearten them to the battle; who might be somewhat intimidated with the number of their enemies, and the position they were in, being before and behind them; and therefore he thought proper to make such a speech to them to animate them to light:

for our people, and for the cities of our God;
that the people of Israel might not be carried captive, and their cities spoiled and plundered; and instead of being cities where the people of God dwelt, and he was worshipped, would, if taken, become the habitations of idolatrous Heathens, and where temples would be erected to idols, and the worship of them; these were the arguments he used to engage them to fight manfully for their country, the liberties and religion of it:

and the Lord do that which seemeth him good:
tacitly suggesting that victory was of the Lord, and that it became them to do their part in fighting courageously, and leave the issue to the Lord, on whom alone success depended.

2 Samuel 10:12 In-Context

10 He put the rest of the men under the command of Abishai his brother and deployed them against the Ammonites.
11 Joab said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you.
12 Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.”
13 Then Joab and the troops with him advanced to fight the Arameans, and they fled before him.
14 When the Ammonites realized that the Arameans were fleeing, they fled before Abishai and went inside the city. So Joab returned from fighting the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 1:21; Deuteronomy 31:6; 1 Corinthians 16:13; S Ephesians 6:10
  • 2. S Judges 10:15; 1 Samuel 3:18; Nehemiah 4:14