2 Samuel 18:6

6 David’s army marched out of the city to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim.

Read 2 Samuel 18:6 Using Other Translations

So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
So the army went out into the field against Israel, and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim.
So the battle began in the forest of Ephraim,

What does 2 Samuel 18:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 18:6

So the people went out into the field against Israel
Josephus F5 calls it a great field, with a wood behind it:

and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
or near it F6 rather; not in a wood in the tribe of Ephraim, which lay on this side Jordan; whereas this battle was fought on the other side Jordan, in the land of Gilead, not far from Mahanaim, where was this wood; and which was so called, either from the slaughter of the Ephraimites here in the times of Jephthah, ( Judges 12:4-6 ) ; or from the Ephraimites feeding their cattle here and near it; for the Jews say F7, that Joshua gave them a grant to feed their cattle in any wood in any of the tribes of Israel; and lying near Jordan, they used to drive their cattle over to this place, from whence it had its name.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 Ut supra, (Antiqu. l. 7. c. 10.) sect. 2.
F6 (reyb) "ad sylvam", Junius & Tremellius; "prope sylvam", Piscator.
F7 In Jarchi, Kimchi, & Abarbinel, in loc.
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