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Parallel Bible results for 2 Samuel 18:1-18

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2 Samuel 18:1-18

ESV 1 Then David mustered the men who were with him and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. NIV 1 David mustered the men who were with him and appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. ESV 2 And David sent out the army, one third under the command of Joab, one third under the command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and one third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the men, "I myself will also go out with you." NIV 2 David sent out his troops, a third under the command of Joab, a third under Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under Ittai the Gittite. The king told the troops, “I myself will surely march out with you.” ESV 3 But the men said, "You shall not go out. For if we flee, they will not care about us. If half of us die, they will not care about us. But you are worth ten thousand of us. Therefore it is better that you send us help from the city." NIV 3 But the men said, “You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won’t care about us. Even if half of us die, they won’t care; but you are worth ten thousand of us. It would be better now for you to give us support from the city.” ESV 4 The king said to them, "Whatever seems best to you I will do." So the king stood at the side of the gate, while all the army marched out by hundreds and by thousands. NIV 4 The king answered, “I will do whatever seems best to you.” So the king stood beside the gate while all his men marched out in units of hundreds and of thousands. ESV 5 And the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, "Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom."And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders about Absalom. NIV 5 The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.” And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders. ESV 6 So the army went out into the field against Israel, and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim. NIV 6 David’s army marched out of the city to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim. ESV 7 And the men of Israel were defeated there by the servants of David, and the loss there was great on that day, twenty thousand men. NIV 7 There Israel’s troops were routed by David’s men, and the casualties that day were great—twenty thousand men. ESV 8 The battle spread over the face of all the country, and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword. NIV 8 The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword. ESV 9 And Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak,and his head caught fast in the oak, and he was suspended between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on. NIV 9 Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going. ESV 10 And a certain man saw it and told Joab, "Behold, I saw Absalom hanging in an oak." NIV 10 When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, “I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.” ESV 11 Joab said to the man who told him, "What, you saw him! Why then did you not strike him there to the ground? I would have been glad to give you ten pieces of silver and a belt." NIV 11 Joab said to the man who had told him this, “What! You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels of silver and a warrior’s belt.” ESV 12 But the man said to Joab, "Even if I felt in my hand the weight of a thousand pieces of silver, I would not reach out my hand against the king's son, for in our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, 'For my sake protect the young man Absalom.' NIV 12 But the man replied, “Even if a thousand shekels were weighed out into my hands, I would not lay a hand on the king’s son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake. ’ ESV 13 On the other hand, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof." NIV 13 And if I had put my life in jeopardy —and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.” ESV 14 Joab said, "I will not waste time like this with you." And he took three javelins in his hand and thrust them into the heart of Absalom while he was still alive in the oak. NIV 14 Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree. ESV 15 And ten young men, Joab's armor-bearers, surrounded Absalom and struck him and killed him. NIV 15 And ten of Joab’s armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him. ESV 16 Then Joab blew the trumpet, and the troops came back from pursuing Israel, for Joab restrained them. NIV 16 Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them. ESV 17 And they took Absalom and threw him into a great pit in the forest and raised over him a very great heap of stones. And all Israel fled every one to his own home. NIV 17 They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes. ESV 18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself the pillar that is in the King's Valley, for he said, "I have no son to keep my name in remembrance." He called the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom's monument to this day. NIV 18 During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.

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