2 Samuel 10:12

12 Be strong! We must prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God.[a] May the Lord's will be done." [b]

2 Samuel 10:12 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 10:12

Be of good courage, and let us play the men
This Joab said, not only to encourage Abishai and himself, but in the hearing of the rest of the officers of the army, and of many of the people, to hearten them to the battle; who might be somewhat intimidated with the number of their enemies, and the position they were in, being before and behind them; and therefore he thought proper to make such a speech to them to animate them to light:

for our people, and for the cities of our God;
that the people of Israel might not be carried captive, and their cities spoiled and plundered; and instead of being cities where the people of God dwelt, and he was worshipped, would, if taken, become the habitations of idolatrous Heathens, and where temples would be erected to idols, and the worship of them; these were the arguments he used to engage them to fight manfully for their country, the liberties and religion of it:

and the Lord do that which seemeth him good:
tacitly suggesting that victory was of the Lord, and that it became them to do their part in fighting courageously, and leave the issue to the Lord, on whom alone success depended.

2 Samuel 10:12 In-Context

10 He placed the rest of the forces under the command of his brother Abishai who lined up in battle formation to engage the Ammonites.
11 "If the Arameans are too strong for me," Joab said, "then you will be my help. However, if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I'll come to help you.
12 Be strong! We must prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God. May the Lord's will be done."
13 Joab and his troops advanced to fight against the Arameans, and they fled before him.
14 When the Ammonites saw that the Arameans had fled, they too fled before Abishai and entered the city. So Joab withdrew from the attack against the Ammonites and went to Jerusalem.

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Jos 1:6
  • [b]. Lit the Lord do what is good in His eyes