2 Samuel 23:15
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New International Version
David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!"

New Living Translation
David remarked longingly to his men, "Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem."

English Standard Version
And David said longingly, “Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!”

New American Standard Bible
David had a craving and said, "Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!"

King James Bible
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
David was extremely thirsty and said, "If only someone would bring me water to drink from the well at the city gate of Bethlehem!"

International Standard Version
David expressed his longing, "Oh, how I wish someone would get me a drink of water from the Bethlehem well that's by the city gate!"

NET Bible
David was thirsty and said, "How I wish someone would give me some water to drink from the cistern in Bethlehem near the gate!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When David became thirsty, he said, "I wish I could have a drink of water from the well at the city gate of Bethlehem."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David longed, and said: 'Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!'

New American Standard 1977
And David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David longed and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

King James 2000 Bible
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

American King James Version
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

American Standard Version
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David longed, and said: O that some man would get me a drink of the water out of the cistern, that is in Bethlehem, by the gate.

Darby Bible Translation
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is in the gate!

English Revised Version
And David longed and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem which is by the gate!

Webster's Bible Translation
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!

World English Bible
David longed, and said, "Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!"

Young's Literal Translation
and David longeth and saith, 'Who doth give me a drink of the water of the well of Beth-Lehem, which is by the gate?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
23:8-39 David once earnestly longed for the water at the well of Bethlehem. It seems to be an instance of weakness. He was thirsty; with the water of that well he had often refreshed himself when a youth, and it was without due thought that he desired it. Were his valiant men so forward to expose themselves, upon the least hint of their prince's mind, and so eager to please him, and shall not we long to approve ourselves to our Lord Jesus, by ready compliance with his will, as shown us by his word, Spirit, and providence? But David poured out the water as a drink-offering to the Lord. Thus he would cross his own foolish fancy, and punish himself for indulging it, and show that he had sober thoughts to correct his rash ones, and knew how to deny himself. Did David look upon that water as very precious which was got at the hazard of these men's blood, and shall not we much more value those benefits for purchasing which our blessed Saviour shed his blood? Let all beware of neglecting so great salvation.
Study Bible
David's Mighty Men
14David was then in the stronghold, while the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 15David had a craving and said, "Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!" 16So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 11:17
David had a craving and said, "Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!"

2 Samuel 23:16
So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;
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And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

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Bethlehem Bethlehem signifies the `house of bread,' and the place was likewise noted for excellent water. There Christ was born, who is the `bread of life,' and who also gives us the `water of life.' `The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.'

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…

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