2 Samuel 2:27
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New International Version
Joab answered, "As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning."

New Living Translation
Then Joab said, "God only knows what would have happened if you hadn't spoken, for we would have chased you all night if necessary."

English Standard Version
And Joab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely the men would not have given up the pursuit of their brothers until the morning.”

New American Standard Bible
Joab said, "As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then the people would have gone away in the morning, each from following his brother."

King James Bible
And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As God lives," Joab replied, "if you had not spoken up, the troops wouldn't have stopped pursuing their brothers until morning."

International Standard Version
Joab answered, "As God lives, if you hadn't spoken up, by morning my army would have broken off their pursuit of their own relatives."

NET Bible
Joab replied, "As surely as God lives, if you had not said this, it would have been morning before the people would have abandoned pursuit of their brothers!"

New Heart English Bible
Joab said, "As the LORD lives, if you had not spoken, surely then in the morning the people would have gone away, and not each followed his brother."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joab answered, "I solemnly swear, as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would not have stopped chasing their relatives until morning."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joab said: 'As God liveth, if thou hadst not spoken, surely then only after the morning the people had gone away, every one from following his brother.'

New American Standard 1977
And Joab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then the people would have gone away in the morning, each from following his brother.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joab replied, As God lives, if thou had not spoken, surely from this morning the people would have left off from following their brothers.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then in the morning the people would have gone up every one from following his brother.

American King James Version
And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

American Standard Version
And Joab said, As God liveth, if thou hadst not spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone away, nor followed every one his brother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Joab said: As the Lord liveth, if thou hadst spoke sooner, even in the morning the people should have retired from pursuing after their brethren.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joab said, [As] God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

English Revised Version
And Joab said, As God liveth, if thou hadst not spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone away, nor followed every one his brother.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

World English Bible
Joab said, "As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then in the morning the people would have gone away, and not each followed his brother."

Young's Literal Translation
And Joab saith, 'God liveth! for unless thou hadst spoken, surely then from the morning had the people gone up each from after his brother.'
Study Bible
Civil War between Abner and Joab
26Then Abner called to Joab and said, "Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it will be bitter in the end? How long will you refrain from telling the people to turn back from following their brothers?" 27Joab said, "As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then the people would have gone away in the morning, each from following his brother." 28So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the people halted and pursued Israel no longer, nor did they continue to fight anymore.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 2:26
Then Abner called to Joab and said, "Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it will be bitter in the end? How long will you refrain from telling the people to turn back from following their brothers?"

2 Samuel 2:28
So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the people halted and pursued Israel no longer, nor did they continue to fight anymore.
Treasury of Scripture

And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

As God This was spoken in allusion to the proposal of Abner, (ver.

2 Samuel 2:14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before …

1 Samuel 25:26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, …

Job 27:2 As God lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who …

unless

2 Samuel 2:14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before …

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: therefore …

Proverbs 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Proverbs 25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest you know not what to do in the …

Isaiah 47:7 And you said, I shall be a lady for ever: so that you did not lay …

Luke 14:31,32 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first…

in the morning [heb] from the morning
gone up. or, gone away.

(27) Unless thou hadst spoken.--Joab's reply to Abner admits of either of two interpretations: (1) Joab seeks to throw the whole blame of the conflict upon Abner, by saying that if he had not proposed the combat between the champions (2Samuel 2:14) there would have been no battle, but "the people" of both sides would have separated peaceably at Gibeon; or (2), as the phrase is more generally and more probably under. stood, that Joab had intended to keep up the pursuit only until the following morning, but as Abner already sued for mercy, he was content, and would stop now.

Verse 27. - Unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up; or as the Revised Version renders, had gone away, nor followed every man his brother. The Revised Version makes the sense more plain. Joab throws the whole blame, and rightly so, on Abner. David would under no circumstances have attacked Ishbosheth, and Joab with his men had marched to the tank of Gibeon simply to repel an invading force. When there, Joab, doubtless by David's orders, had remained strictly on the defensive, and so unwilling were both armies to fight, that Abner had to resort to a most cruel scene of butchery in order to inflame their passions and force them to begin a conflict of brother against brother. But for Abner's challenge, both armies would have separated as friends. And Joab still acts upon the same principle of forbearance, and gives the signal for stopping the pursuit. He was not a man of a tender heart, but he was wise and sensible, and fully aware that the slaughter of Abner and his men, even if he could have destroyed them all, would only have rankled in the minds of all Israel, and set them against David and his rule. And Joab said, as God liveth,.... Which was the form of an oath, swearing by the living God:

unless thou hadst spoken; that is, these words in 2 Samuel 2:14; "let the young men arise and play", that he had not given the challenge to fight:

surely then in the morning the people had gone up everyone from following his brother; they would have gone away and never fought at all; they were not desirous of shedding their blood, and following after them to slay them: thus he lays the blame upon Abner, and makes him to be the cause and beginner of the war. Some render the particle by "if", and give the sense, that if he had spoken what he last did sooner, the people would long before this time have desisted from pursuing them; for it was not from a thirst after their blood, and a desire to luke vengeance on them, that they pursued them, but to bring them to submission, and lay down their arms; for they could not in honour retreat until they desired it; but the former sense seems best, and is the general sense of the Jewish commentators. 2:25-32 Abner appeals to Joab concerning the miserable consequences of a civil war. Those who make light of such unnatural contests, will find that they are bitterness to all concerned. How easy it is for men to use reason, when it makes for them, who would not use it, if it made against them! See how the issue of things alter men's minds! The same thing which looked pleasant in the morning, at night looked dismal. Those who are most forward to enter into contention, will repent before they have done with it, and had better leave it off before it be meddled with, as Solomon advises. This is true of every sin, oh that men would consider it in time, that it will be bitterness in the latter end! Asahel's funeral is here mentioned. Distinctions are made between the dust of some and that of others; but in the resurrection no difference will be made, but between the godly and ungodly, which will remain for ever.
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