2 Samuel 20:20

20 “Far be it from me!” Joab replied, “Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!

Read 2 Samuel 20:20 Using Other Translations

And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.
Joab answered, "Far be it from me, far be it, that I should swallow up or destroy!
And Joab replied, “Believe me, I don’t want to devour or destroy your town!

What does 2 Samuel 20:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 20:20

And Joab answered and said, far be it from me, far be it from
me
He repeats these words, to show how detestable it was to him to do what she suggested:

that I should swallow up or destroy;
any in a violent and unrighteous manner, and especially a city of which she had given such a character for its greatness and worth, and for the peaceableness and fidelity of its inhabitants.

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