2 Samuel 16:22
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New International Version
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

New Living Translation
So they set up a tent on the palace roof where everyone could see it, and Absalom went in and had sex with his father's concubines.

English Standard Version
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

New American Standard Bible
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

King James Bible
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

International Standard Version
So they erected a tent for Absalom on the palace roof and Absalom went in and had sex with his father's mistresses right in front of all Israel.

NET Bible
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and Absalom had sex with his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

New Heart English Bible
So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So a tent was put up on the roof for Absalom, and he slept with his father's concubines in plain sight of Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.--

New American Standard 1977
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house, and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

American King James Version
So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

American Standard Version
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So they spread a tent for Absalom on the top of the house, and he went in to his father's concubines before all Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
So they spread a tent for Absalom upon the roof; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

English Revised Version
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

World English Bible
So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And they spread out for Absalom the tent on the roof, and Absalom goeth in unto the concubines of his father before the eyes of all Israel.
Study Bible
The Counsel of Ahithophel and Hushai
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." 22So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23The advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one inquired of the word of God; so was all the advice of Ahithophel regarded by both David and Absalom.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:11
"Thus says the LORD, 'Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.

2 Samuel 12:12
'Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.'"

2 Samuel 15:16
So the king went out and all his household with him. But the king left ten concubines to keep the house.

2 Samuel 20:3
Then David came to his house at Jerusalem, and the king took the ten women, the concubines whom he had left to keep the house, and placed them under guard and provided them with sustenance, but did not go in to them. So they were shut up until the day of their death, living as widows.
Treasury of Scripture

So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

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2 Samuel 12:11,12 Thus said the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out …

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Numbers 25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his …

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(22) A tent upon the top of the house.--Nathan had foretold that the nature of David's public punishment should correspond to the character of his secret crime. The fact that this punishment takes place on the very roof where David had first yielded to his guilty passion makes it particularly striking.

Verse 22. - A tent; Hebrew, the tent; that constantly used by David and his family for the enjoyment of the cool evening breeze, and which the citizens of Jerusalem had frequently seen erected on the flat roof of David's house. It was when walking on this roof that David had given way to guilty passion, and now it is the scene of his dishonour. So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house,.... On the top of his father's palace; this, as houses in Jerusalem and Judea were, was built flat, Deuteronomy 22:8; and it was on the very spot from whence David had a sight of Bathsheba, and conceived an impure lust after her. The Targum renders it, a canopy; which Kimchi describes as consisting of four pillars, upon and round about which curtains were hung:

and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel; they saw the tent or canopy erected, and saw him go into it, and might reasonably conclude he lay with his father's concubines, or half wives, in it; and this being done in so public a manner fulfilled the prophecy, which said it should be done in the sight of the sun, and of all Israel, 2 Samuel 12:11; this shows how corrupt the people of Israel were at this time, at least those that were with Absalom, that there should be none to object to the counsel Ahithophel gave, nor any to remonstrate against the execution of it, but all seemed to look upon it with pleasure; nor even did Hushai, David's friend, oppose it; perhaps he saw it was to no purpose. 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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