2 Samuel 14:5
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New International Version
The king asked her, "What is troubling you?" She said, "I am a widow; my husband is dead.

New Living Translation
"What's the trouble?" the king asked. "Alas, I am a widow!" she replied. "My husband is dead.

English Standard Version
And the king said to her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead.

New American Standard Bible
The king said to her, "What is your trouble?" And she answered, "Truly I am a widow, for my husband is dead.

King James Bible
And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What's the matter?" the king asked her." To tell the truth, I am a widow; my husband died," she said."

International Standard Version
The king asked her, "What's your problem?" "I've been a widowed woman ever since my husband died," she answered.

NET Bible
The king replied to her, "What do you want?" She answered, "I am a widow; my husband is dead.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king asked her, "What can I do for you?" She answered, "I'm a widow; my husband is dead.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king said unto her, What ails thee? And she answered, I am a widow woman, and my husband is dead.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king said unto her, What ails you? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and my husband is dead.

American King James Version
And the king said to her, What ails you? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and my husband is dead.

American Standard Version
And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, Of a truth I am a widow, and my husband is dead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king said to her: What is the matter with thee? She answered: Alas, I am a widow woman: for my husband is dead.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to her, What aileth thee? And she said, I am indeed a widow woman, and my husband is dead.

English Revised Version
And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered; Of a truth I am a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king said to her, What aileth thee? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and my husband is dead.

World English Bible
The king said to her, "What ails you?" She answered, "Truly I am a widow, and my husband is dead.

Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith to her, 'What -- to thee?' and she saith, 'Truly a widow woman am I, and my husband dieth,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the king said unto her, what aileth thee?.... Or what is thy case? What is the condition, and what the circumstances, that thou art in, which require help and assistance? intimating that he was ready to grant it on knowledge thereof; however, he was ready to hear what she had to say:

and she answered, I am indeed a widow woman; of a truth a widow, as the Targum; she was really one, a widow indeed, as in 1 Timothy 5:3; not one that was separated from her husband, he being alive, or divorced from him on any account; and therefore she adds:

and mine husband is dead; and has been a long time; this she said to move the pity and compassion of the king, who, as the supreme magistrate in God's stead, was a Father of the fatherless, and the judge of the widow.



2 Samuel 14:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Absalom's Return to Jerusalem
4Now when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself and said, "Help, O king." 5The king said to her, "What is your trouble?" And she answered, "Truly I am a widow, for my husband is dead. 6"Your maidservant had two sons, but the two of them struggled together in the field, and there was no one to separate them, so one struck the other and killed him.…
Cross References
Genesis 21:17
God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.

2 Samuel 14:4
When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, "Help me, Your Majesty!"

2 Samuel 14:6
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.
Treasury of Scripture

And the king said to her, What ails you? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and my husband is dead.

I am indeed It is very possible that the principal incidents mentioned here were real; and that Joab found out a person whose circumstances both had near resemblance to that which he wished to represent. She did not make the similitude too plain and visible, lest the king should see her intention before she had obtained a grant of pardon; and thus her circumstances, her mournful take, her widow's dress, her aged person, (for Josephus says she was advanced in years,) and her impressive manner, all combined to make one united irresistible impression on the heart of the aged monarch.

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