2 Samuel 17:3
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New International Version
and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed."

New Living Translation
and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride returns to her husband. After all, it is only one man's life that you seek. Then you will be at peace with all the people."

English Standard Version
and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband. You seek the life of only one man, and all the people will be at peace.”

New American Standard Bible
and I will bring back all the people to you. The return of everyone depends on the man you seek; then all the people will be at peace."

King James Bible
And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and bring all the people back to you. When everyone returns except the man you're seeking, all the people will be at peace."

International Standard Version
Then I'll bring everybody else back to you. When the man you're looking for is dead, all the rest of the people will return quietly."

NET Bible
and will bring the entire army back to you. In exchange for the life of the man you are seeking, you will get back everyone. The entire army will return unharmed."

New Heart English Bible
and I will bring back all the people to you. The man whom you seek is as if all returned. All the people shall be in peace."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'll return all the people to you as a bride is returned to her husband. Since you will be seeking the life of only one man, all the people will have peace."

JPS Tanakh 1917
and I will bring back all the people unto thee; when all shall have returned, [save] the man whom thou seekest, all the people will be in peace.'

New American Standard 1977
and I will bring back all the people to you. The return of everyone depends on the man you seek; then all the people shall be at peace.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus will I turn all the people back unto thee, and when they have returned (for that man is whom thou dost seek), all the people shall be in peace.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will bring back all the people unto you: only the man whom you seek will be struck: so all the people shall be in peace.

American King James Version
And I will bring back all the people to you: the man whom you seek is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

American Standard Version
and I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned:'so all the people shall be in peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will bring back all the people, as if they were but one man: for thou seekest but one man: and all the people shall be in peace.

Darby Bible Translation
and I will bring back all the people to thee. The man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: all the people shall be in peace.

English Revised Version
and I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will bring back all the people to thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

World English Bible
and I will bring back all the people to you. The man whom you seek is as if all returned. All the people shall be in peace."

Young's Literal Translation
and I bring back all the people unto thee -- as the turning back of the whole is the man whom thou art seeking -- all the people are peace.
Study Bible
Hushai Counters Ahithophel's Advice
2"I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king alone, 3and I will bring back all the people to you. The return of everyone depends on the man you seek; then all the people will be at peace." 4So the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 17:4
So the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Jeremiah 6:14
"They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace.
Treasury of Scripture

And I will bring back all the people to you: the man whom you seek is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

I will bring

2 Samuel 3:21 And Abner said to David, I will arise and go, and will gather all …

shall be

Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, said the LORD, to the wicked.

Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, said my God, to the wicked.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction …

(3) Bring back all the people.--This evil counsellor, with artful flattery, assumes that Absalom is the rightful king, and that the people who have gone off after David only need to be brought back to their allegiance.

Verse 3. - The man whom thou seekest is as if all returned; Hebrew, as the return of the whole is the man whom thou seekest. Both the amendments of the text and the various translations offered are innumerable, but nothing is really more satisfactory than the literal rendering of the words, virtually given us in the Authorized Version. Naturally, Ahithophel did not wish to parade David's death too openly. In his heart Absalom must have known that the safe possession of the kingdom could be assured him only by his father's death, but yet he might have shrunk from publicly avowing this, and having it talked of before his courtiers as a settled purpose. One reason why he adopted the counsel of Hushai may have been his reluctance to commit parricide: for plainly the one main purpose of Ahithophel was David's death. This thorough traitor may have seen even a tremor of alarm in Absalom's countenance when he spake out his purpose so frankly of "smiting the king only," and may have felt that, slumbering in the besom of the son, was something of that generous spirit which had made the father condemn the Amalekite to death for boasting that he had slain Saul. At all events, he was unwilling to dilate upon so ghastly a theme, and this general reference to David, as the man whom Absalom sought, without dwelling upon the subject, is in far better taste than the coarse open villainy so unreservedly expressed in ver. 2. The reading, however, of the Septuagint has many followers: "And I will bring back all the people to thee as a bride returns to her husband, excepting the life of the one man thou seekest; and for all the people there shall be peace." Ahithophel was bad enough, but scarcely so brutal as to compare to a bridal procession the sad return of David's mourning friends and companions in arms weeping round the corpse of their master murdered at the bidding of his own son. And I will bring back all the people unto thee,.... Meaning not the people only that were with David, that he would make them prisoners, and bring them with him; for he before proposed to let them make their escape; but to reduce all Israel to the obedience of Absalom at once, by executing this scheme which he had formed:

the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned; meaning David, whom he speaks of contemptibly, and whose life it seems Absalom sought, as well as his crown; and he being dead, it would be all over at once with the people; they would immediately return to their own habitations, and yield obedience to Absalom as the rightful heir and successor; all depended on his death, he intimates: from whence it appears that Abarbinel is wrong in suggesting that Absalom did not design to take away the life of his father, only to secure the kingdom to himself in his father's lifetime, who he understood had disposed of it by his will to Solomon; but here Ahithophel plainly declares the intention of Absalom, nor would he have proposed in plain terms to take away the king's life, had Absalom been averse to it; and it is plain by what follows that the thing was pleasing to him:

so all the people shall be in peace; both parties coalesce under the government of Absalom, and live peaceably under it, and so an entire end of the war. 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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