8 The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword.

Read 2 Samuel 18:8 Using Other Translations

For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
The battle spread over the face of all the country, and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword.
The battle raged all across the countryside, and more men died because of the forest than were killed by the sword.