2 Samuel 16:12

12 It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”

Read 2 Samuel 16:12 Using Other Translations

It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today."
And perhaps the LORD will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today.”

What does 2 Samuel 16:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 16:12

It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction
Through the rebellion of his son, and now aggravated by the cursing of Shimei; that is, with an eye of pity and commiseration, and deliver him out of it: or "look upon my eye" F24; for there is a various reading; the tear of mine eye, as the Targum; so Jarchi and R. Isaiah; the tears in it, which fell plentifully from it, on account of his troubles, and particularly the curses and reproaches of Shimei:

and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day;
he does not speak with assurance, yet with hope; he knew his sins deserved such treatment, but also that God was gracious and merciful, and pitied his children, and resented all ill usage of them; and therefore hoped he would favour him with such intimations of his love as would support him, comfort, refresh him, and do him good, see ( Romans 8:28 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F24 (ynyeb) "in oculum meum", Montanus; "oculum meum lachrymantem", Munster.
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