2 Samuel 20:5

5 But when Amasa went to summon Judah, he took longer than the time the king had set for him.

Read 2 Samuel 20:5 Using Other Translations

So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
So Amasa went to summon Judah, but he delayed beyond the set time that had been appointed him.
So Amasa went out to notify Judah, but it took him longer than the time he had been given.

What does 2 Samuel 20:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 20:5

So Amasa went to assemble [the men of] Judah
To gather, them together out of their several tribes, and bring them to Jerusalem:

but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him:
than the three days; whether this was owing to the remissness of Amasa, or the unwillingness of the people to serve under him, who had been Absalom's general in the late rebellion, or not having time sufficient allowed him, is not certain.

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