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 2 Samuel 14:1 - 20
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   Book of 2 Samuel
   Chapter 14
14:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king's heart longed for Absalom.
 
14:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her, "Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don't use any cosmetic lotions. Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead.
 
14:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then go to the king and speak these words to him." And Joab put the words in her mouth.
 
14:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When the woman from Tekoa went F41 to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, "Help me, O king!"
 
14:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king asked her, "What is troubling you?" She said, "I am indeed a widow; my husband is dead.
 
14:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field, and no one was there to separate them. One struck the other and killed him.
 
14:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, 'Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed; then we will get rid of the heir as well.' They would put out the only burning coal I have left, leaving my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth."
 
14:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king said to the woman, "Go home, and I will issue an order in your behalf."
 
14:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But the woman from Tekoa said to him, "My lord the king, let the blame rest on me and on my father's family, and let the king and his throne be without guilt."
 
14:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king replied, "If anyone says anything to you, bring him to me, and he will not bother you again."
 
14:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
She said, "Then let the king invoke the LORD his God to prevent the avenger of blood from adding to the destruction, so that my son will not be destroyed." "As surely as the LORD lives," he said, "not one hair of your son's head will fall to the ground."
 
14:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the woman said, "Let your servant speak a word to my lord the king." "Speak," he replied.
 
14:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The woman said, "Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son?
 
14:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.
 
14:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"And now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. Your servant thought, 'I will speak to the king; perhaps he will do what his servant asks.
 
14:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Perhaps the king will agree to deliver his servant from the hand of the man who is trying to cut off both me and my son from the inheritance God gave us.'
 
14:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"And now your servant says, 'May the word of my lord the king bring me rest, for my lord the king is like an angel of God in discerning good and evil. May the LORD your God be with you.'"
 
14:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the king said to the woman, "Do not keep from me the answer to what I am going to ask you." "Let my lord the king speak," the woman said.
 
14:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king asked, "Isn't the hand of Joab with you in all this?" The woman answered, "As surely as you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything my lord the king says. Yes, it was your servant Joab who instructed me to do this and who put all these words into the mouth of your servant.
 
14:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Your servant Joab did this to change the present situation. My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God - he knows everything that happens in the land."
 

FOOTNOTES:
F41 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts spoke

 
 

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