2 Samuel 14:14
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New International Version
Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.

New Living Translation
All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.

English Standard Version
We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast.

New American Standard Bible
"For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.

King James Bible
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We will certainly die and be like water poured out on the ground, which can't be recovered. But God would not take away a life; He would devise plans so that the one banished from Him does not remain banished."

International Standard Version
After all, even though we all die, and we're all like water being spilled on the ground that cannot be recovered, nevertheless God doesn't take away life, but carries out his plans so as not to cast away permanently from him those who are presently estranged.

NET Bible
Certainly we must die, and are like water spilled on the ground that cannot be gathered up again. But God does not take away life; instead he devises ways for the banished to be restored.

New Heart English Bible
For we must die, and are as water split on the ground, which can't be gathered up again; neither does God take away life, but devises means, that he who is banished not be an outcast from him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We are all going to die; we are all like water that is poured on the ground and can't be gathered up. But doesn't God forgive a person? He never plans to keep a banished person in exile.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person; but let him devise means, that he that is banished be not an outcast from him.

New American Standard 1977
“For we shall surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one may not be cast out from him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it is certain that we die and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God respect any person; yet he does devise means that his outcasts not be expelled from him.

King James 2000 Bible
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God respect any person: yet does he devise means, that his banished one be not expelled from him.

American King James Version
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God respect any person: yet does he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

American Standard Version
For we must needs die, and are as water split on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God take away life, but deviseth means, that he that is banished be not an outcast from him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We all die, and like waters that return no more, we fall down into the earth: neither will God have a soul to perish, but recalleth, meaning that he that is cast off should not altogether perish.

Darby Bible Translation
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; and God has not taken away his life, but devises means that the banished one be not expelled from him.

English Revised Version
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God take away life, but deviseth means, that he that is banished be not an outcast from him.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

World English Bible
For we must die, and are as water split on the ground, which can't be gathered up again; neither does God take away life, but devises means, that he who is banished not be an outcast from him.

Young's Literal Translation
for we do surely die, and are as water which is running down to the earth, which is not gathered, and God doth not accept a person, and hath devised devices in that the outcast is not outcast by Him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
14:1-20 We may notice here, how this widow pleads God's mercy, and his clemency toward poor guilty sinners. The state of sinners is a state of banishment from God. God pardons none to the dishonour of his law and justice, nor any who are impenitent; nor to the encouragement of crimes, or the hurt of others.
Study Bible
Absalom's Return to Jerusalem
13The woman said, "Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? For in speaking this word the king is as one who is guilty, in that the king does not bring back his banished one. 14"For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him. 15"Now the reason I have come to speak this word to my lord the king is that the people have made me afraid; so your maidservant said, 'Let me now speak to the king, perhaps the king will perform the request of his maidservant.…
Cross References
Hebrews 9:27
Just as man is appointed to die once, and after that to face judgment,

Numbers 35:15
'These six cities shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the alien and for the sojourner among them; that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may flee there.

Numbers 35:25
'The congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the blood avenger, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he fled; and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.

2 Samuel 14:15
"Now the reason I have come to speak this word to my lord the king is that the people have made me afraid; so your maidservant said, 'Let me now speak to the king, perhaps the king will perform the request of his maidservant.

Job 30:23
"For I know that You will bring me to death And to the house of meeting for all living.

Job 34:15
All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.

Psalm 58:7
Let them flow away like water that runs off; When he aims his arrows, let them be as headless shafts.
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For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God respect any person: yet does he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

we must

2 Samuel 11:25 Then David said to the messenger, Thus shall you say to Joab, Let …

Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed …

Job 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again to dust.

Psalm 90:3,10 You turn man to destruction; and say, Return, you children of men…

Ecclesiastes 3:19,20 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing …

Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any …

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

as water

Job 14:7-12,14 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout …

Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my …

Psalm 79:3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and …

neither, etc. or, because God hath not taken away his life, he hath also devised means, etc.

God

Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great …

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that …

Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges …

he devise

Exodus 21:13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; …

Leviticus 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, …

Numbers 35:15,25,28 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, …

Isaiah 50:1,2 Thus said the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom …

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