2 Samuel 16:20
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New International Version
Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give us your advice. What should we do?"

New Living Translation
Then Absalom turned to Ahithophel and asked him, "What should I do next?"

English Standard Version
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your counsel. What shall we do?”

New American Standard Bible
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your advice. What shall we do?"

King James Bible
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give me your advice. What should we do?"

International Standard Version
So Absalom asked Ahithophel, "What's your advice? What should we do?"

NET Bible
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give us your advice. What should we do?"

New Heart English Bible
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your counsel what we shall do."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Absalom asked Ahithophel, "What's your advice? What should we do?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel: 'Give your counsel what we shall do.'

New American Standard 1977
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your advice. What shall we do?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

American King James Version
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

American Standard Version
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give your counsel what we shall do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Absalom said to Achitophel: Consult what we are to do.

Darby Bible Translation
And Absalom said to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

English Revised Version
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give your counsel what we shall do.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

World English Bible
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your counsel what we shall do."

Young's Literal Translation
And Absalom saith unto Ahithophel, 'Give for you counsel what we do.'
Study Bible
The Counsel of Ahithophel and Hushai
19"Besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so I will be in your presence." 20Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your advice. What shall we do?" 21Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself odious to your father. The hands of all who are with you will also be strengthened."…
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:19
"Besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so I will be in your presence."

2 Samuel 16:21
Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself odious to your father. The hands of all who are with you will also be strengthened."
Treasury of Scripture

Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

Give counsel

Exodus 1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it …

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel …

Psalm 37:12,13 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth…

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nothing; speak the word, …

Isaiah 29:15 Woe to them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and …

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

Acts 4:23-28 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all …

Verse 20. - Give counsel among you; Hebrew, for you; but we have no way in English of expressing the force of this phrase. In Greek it is called the ethic dative, and is supposed to give character to the address, and indicate that those to whom the words are spoken have also an interest in the matter. Then said Absalom to Ahithophel,.... Having two such able counsellors as he and Hushai, he directs his speech to Ahithophel, as being his first and chief counsellor:

give counsel among you what we shall do; he orders them to form a counsel, consult among themselves what was proper to be now done at Jerusalem, whether it was right to stay here or pursue after David and his men. Absalom did not send to the high priest to ask counsel of God, by Urim and Thummim before the ark, but wholly confided in his privy council. 2Sa 16:20-23. Ahithophel's Counsel.

20. Give counsel among you what we shall do—This is the first cabinet council on record, although the deference paid to Ahithophel gave him the entire direction of the proceedings.16:15-23 The wisest counsellors of that age were Ahithophel and Hushai: Absalom thinks himself sure of success, when he has both; on them he relies, and consults not the ark, though he had that with him. But miserable counsellors were they both. Hushai would never counsel him to do wisely. Ahithophel counselled him to do wickedly; and so did as effectually betray him, as he did, who was designedly false to him: for they that advise men to sin, certainly advise them to their hurt. After all, honesty is the best policy, and will be found so in the long run. Ahithophel gave wicked counsel to Absalom; to render himself so hateful to his father, that he would never be reconciled to him; this cursed policy was of the devil. How desperately wicked is the human heart!
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