2 Samuel 10:12
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New International Version
Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight."

New Living Translation
Be courageous! Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the LORD's will be done."

English Standard Version
Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.”

New American Standard Bible
"Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight."

King James Bible
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be strong! We must prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God. May the LORD's will be done."

International Standard Version
Be strong, be courageous on behalf of our people and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what he thinks is best."

NET Bible
Be strong! Let's fight bravely for the sake of our people and the cities of our God! The LORD will do what he decides is best!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be strong! Let's prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God, and the LORD will do what he considers right."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God; and let the LORD do that which seems good unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems to him good.

American King James Version
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems him good.

American Standard Version
Be of good courage, and let us play the man for ou people, and for the cities of our God: and Jehovah do that which seemeth him good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be of good courage, and let us fight for our people, and for the city of our God: and the Lord will do what is good in his sight.

Darby Bible Translation
Be strong, and let us shew ourselves valiant for our people and for the cities of our God; and Jehovah do what is good in his sight.

English Revised Version
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.

World English Bible
Be courageous, and let us be strong for our people, and for the cities of our God; and Yahweh do that which seems good to him."

Young's Literal Translation
be strong and strengthen thyself for our people, and for the cities of our God, and Jehovah doth that which is good in His eyes.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:6-14 They that are at war with the Son of David, not only give the provocation, but begin the war. God has forces to send against those that set his wrath at defiance, Isa 5:19, which will convince them that none ever hardened his heart against God, and prospered. Christ's soldiers should strengthen one another's hands in their spiritual warfare. Let nothing be wanting in us, whatever the success be. When we make conscience of doing our duty, we may, with satisfaction, leave the event with God, assuredly hoping for his salvation in his own way and time.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Be of good courage, and let us play the men. The Hebrew employs two conjugations of the same verb, literally, be strong, and let us show ourselves strong. And need there was for bravery; for the welfare, as he went on to show, of all Israel, and the honour of Israel's God, were in jeopardy. Finally he adds, The Lord do that which seemeth him good. They are the words not so much of confidence as of determined resolution. Come good or ill, he and Abishai would do their utmost.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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 Additional Commentaries
Context
David Defeats Ammon and Syria
11He said, "If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you. 12"Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight." 13So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Arameans, and they fled before him.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Hebrews 11:33
who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Joshua 1:6
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

1 Samuel 3:18
So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, "He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes."

2 Samuel 10:11
Joab said, "If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you.

Nehemiah 4:14
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes."
Treasury of Scripture

Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems him good.

Be of good This is a very animating address, and equal to any thing of the kind in ancient or modern times. Ye fight {pro aris et focis;} for every god, sacred and civil; for God, for your families, and for your countries. Such harangues, especially in very trying circumstances, are very natural, and may perhaps be found in the records of every nation. Several instances might be quoted from Roman and Grecian history; but few are more remarkable than that of Tyrteus, the lame Athenian poet, to whom the command of the army was given in one of the Messenian wars. The Spartans had at that time suffered great losses, and all their stratagems proved ineffectual, so that they began to despair of success; when the poet, by his lectures on honour and courage, delivered in moving verse to the army, ravished them to such a degree with the thoughts of dying for their country, that, rushing on with a furious transport to meet their enemies, they gave them an entire overthrow, and by one decisive battle brought the war to a happy conclusion.

Numbers 13:20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be …

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: …

Joshua 1:6,7,9,18 Be strong and of a good courage: for to this people shall you divide …

1 Samuel 14:6,12 And Jonathan said to the young man that bore his armor, Come, and …

1 Samuel 17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; your …

2 Chronicles 32:7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king …

Nehemiah 4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said to the nobles, and to the rulers, …

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not …

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1 Samuel 4:9 Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O you Philistines, that you …

1 Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

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2 Samuel 16:10,11 And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? …

Judges 10:15 And the children of Israel said to the LORD, We have sinned: do you …

1 Samuel 3:18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he …

Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I …

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