2 Samuel 3:33

33 The king sang this lament for Abner: “Should Abner have died as the lawless die?

Read 2 Samuel 3:33 Using Other Translations

And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?
And the king lamented for Abner, saying, "Should Abner die as a fool dies?
Then the king sang this funeral song for Abner: “Should Abner have died as fools die?

What does 2 Samuel 3:33 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 3:33

And the king lamented over Abner
Delivered an elegy or funeral oration, which he had composed on this occasion, as Josephus


F21 suggests: for he had cried and wept before, but now he expressed something as follows:

and said, died Abner as a fool dieth?
the meaning of the interrogation is, he did not; the Targum is

``did Abner die as wicked men die?''

no, he did not; he did not die for any wickedness he had been guilty of; he did not die as a malefactor, whose crime has been charged and proved in open court, and sentence of condemnation pronounced on him righteously for it; but he died without anything being laid to his charge, and much less proved, and without judge or jury; he was murdered in a clandestine, insidious, and deceitful manner; so the word "fool" is often taken in Scripture for a wicked man, especially in the book of Proverbs; the Septuagint version leaves the word untranslated,

``died Abner according to the death of Nabal?''

no; but it could hardly be thought that David would mention the name of any particular person on such an occasion.

F21 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 7. c. 1. sect. 6.)

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