2 Samuel 17:19
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New International Version
His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.

New Living Translation
The man's wife put a cloth over the top of the well and scattered grain on it to dry in the sun; so no one suspected they were there.

English Standard Version
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth and scattered grain on it, and nothing was known of it.

New American Standard Bible
And the woman took a covering and spread it over the well's mouth and scattered grain on it, so that nothing was known.

King James Bible
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then his wife took the cover, placed it over the mouth of the well, and scattered grain on it so nobody would know anything.

International Standard Version
The man's wife grabbed a sheet, covered the mouth of the well with it, and spread some dried grain over it. As a result, nobody could tell it was a hiding place.

NET Bible
His wife then took the covering and spread it over the top of the well and scattered some grain over it. No one was aware of what she had done.

New Heart English Bible
The woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and spread out bruised grain on it; and nothing was known.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The man's wife took a cover, spread it over the top of the cistern, and scattered some grain over it so that no one could tell it was there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and strewed groats thereon; and nothing was known.

New American Standard 1977
And the woman took a covering and spread it over the well’s mouth and scattered grain on it, so that nothing was known.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the woman of the house took and spread a covering over the well's mouth and spread ground wheat upon it, and the thing was not known.

King James 2000 Bible
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground grain thereon; and the thing was not known.

American King James Version
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

American Standard Version
And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and strewed bruised grain thereon; and nothing was known.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a woman took, and spread a covering over the mouth of the well, as it were to dry sodden barley: and so the thing was not known.

Darby Bible Translation
And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn on it; and the thing was not known.

English Revised Version
And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and strewed bruised corn thereon; and nothing was known.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn upon it; and the thing was not known.

World English Bible
The woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and spread out bruised grain on it; and nothing was known.

Young's Literal Translation
and the woman taketh and spreadeth the covering over the face of the well, and spreadeth on it the ground corn, and the thing hath not been known.
Study Bible
Hushai's Warning Saves David
18But a lad did see them and told Absalom; so the two of them departed quickly and came to the house of a man in Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard, and they went down into it. 19And the woman took a covering and spread it over the well's mouth and scattered grain on it, so that nothing was known. 20Then Absalom's servants came to the woman at the house and said, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" And the woman said to them, "They have crossed the brook of water." And when they searched and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.…
Cross References
Exodus 9:33
So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread out his hands to the LORD; and the thunder and the hail ceased, and rain no longer poured on the earth.

Joshua 2:4
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.
Treasury of Scripture

And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

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Joshua 2:4-6 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There …

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Exodus 1:19 And the midwives said to Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not …

(19) Ground Corn.--This word occurs elsewhere only in Proverbs 27:22, and means wheat or barley beaten or ground so as to remove the hull; in this condition it was spread out to dry.

Verse 19. - A covering; Hebrew, the cover; that is, the usual cover of the cistern, which had been taken off to let the young men descend into it. Over it she spread, not ground corn, but brayed or peeled corn (see Proverbs 27:22), probably barley groats. She was probably busy in removing the husks of the barley with a pestle in a mortar when Jonathan and Ahimaaz sought refuge with her; and thus her whole proceeding was so natural as to excite no suspicions. And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth,.... This woman, very probably, was the man's wife of the house, as Abarbinel notes; who took a cloth, and spread it over the well's mouth, that it could not be seen or known that there was a well there:

and spread ground corn thereon: just taken out of the mill, before it was sifted, while in the bran; or corn unhusked, or just threshed out, in order to be dried in the sun, and then parched; or wheat bruised for that purpose: Josephus says (q) they were locks of wool she spread:

and the thing was not known; that the young men were in the well.

(q) Antiqu. l. 7. c. 9. sect. 7. 17:1-21 Here was a wonderful effect of Divine Providence blinding Absalom's mind and influencing his heart, that he could not rest in Ahithophel's counsel, and that he should desire Hushai's advice. But there is no contending with that God who can arm a man against himself, and destroy him by his own mistakes and passions. Ahithophel's former counsel was followed, for God intended to correct David; but his latter counsel was not followed, for God meant not to destroy him. He can overrule all counsels. Whatever wisdom or help any man employs or affords, the success is from God alone, who will not let his people perish.
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