2 Samuel 23:6
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New International Version
But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand.

New Living Translation
But the godless are like thorns to be thrown away, for they tear the hand that touches them.

English Standard Version
But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand;

New American Standard Bible
"But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns, Because they cannot be taken in hand;

King James Bible
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But all the wicked are like thorns raked aside; they can never be picked up by hand.

International Standard Version
But ungodly men are like thorns that are discarded because they cannot be safely handled.

NET Bible
But evil people are like thorns--all of them are tossed away, for they cannot be held in the hand.

New Heart English Bible
But all of the ungodly shall be as thorns to be thrust away, because they can't be taken with the hand,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Worthless people are like thorns. All of them are thrown away, because they cannot be picked by hand.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the ungodly, they are as thorns thrust away, all of them, For they cannot be taken with the hand;

New American Standard 1977
“But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns,
            Because they cannot be taken in hand;

Jubilee Bible 2000
but those of Belial shall all be as thorns to be chased away, whom no one takes with the hand;

King James 2000 Bible
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

American King James Version
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

American Standard Version
But the ungodly shall be all of them as thorns to be thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with the hand;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But transgressors shall all of them be plucked up as thorns: which are not taken away with hands.

Darby Bible Translation
But [the sons] of Belial [are] all of them as thorns thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with hands;

English Revised Version
But the ungodly shall be all of them as thorns to be thrust away, for they cannot be taken with the hand:

Webster's Bible Translation
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

World English Bible
But all of the ungodly shall be as thorns to be thrust away, because they can't be taken with the hand,

Young's Literal Translation
As to the worthless -- As a thorn driven away are all of them, For -- not by hand are they taken;
Study Bible
David's Last Song
5"Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all my desire, Will He not indeed make it grow? 6"But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns, Because they cannot be taken in hand; 7But the man who touches them Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, And they will be completely burned with fire in their place."…
Cross References
Matthew 13:41
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom every cause of sin and all who practice lawlessness.

Isaiah 27:4
"I have no wrath. Should someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, Then I would step on them, I would burn them completely.

Isaiah 33:12
"The peoples will be burned to lime, Like cut thorns which are burned in the fire.

Ezekiel 2:6
"And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house.

Nahum 1:10
Like tangled thorns, And like those who are drunken with their drink, They are consumed As stubble completely withered.
Treasury of Scripture

But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

the sons

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, …

Deuteronomy 13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, …

1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

thorns

Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall …

Songs 2:2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

Isaiah 33:12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up …

Ezekiel 2:6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of …

(6) The sons of Belial.--According to the Masoretic punctuation, Belial is not here in the common form, but in the stronger abstract form=worthlessness. The coming in of Divine righteousness leads not only to the assimilation of that which is holy, but also to the rejection of that which is evil, by a law as necessary and immutable as that of action and reaction in the material world. The figures used are to show that, although the wicked injure whatever touches them, means will yet be found by which they may safely be put out of the way.

Verses 6, 7. - The sons of Belial; Hebrew, belial; not a proper name, but a word signifying "worthlessness," and especially vicious worthlessness (see note on 1 Samuel 1:16). It is from this worthlessness that opposition arises to the just king, and he recognizes it as that which thwarts his efforts. The words may be rendered ?

"But the ungodly are as thorns, to be all of them thrust away;
For they may not be taken hold of with the hand.
And the man that would touch them
Must arm himself with iron and the staff of a spear;
And they shall be utterly burned with fire unto nothingness."
The vicious worthlessness which opposes righteous government must be treated like thorns, too prickly and sharp pointed for gentle dealing. They must be torn up by an iron hook fixed to the end of a spear-handle, and then burnt. The word translated in the same place in the Authorized Version is rendered by Jerome "even to nothing;" and it is just the sort of phrase for which his authority is greatest; for he went to Palestine, and remained there several years, to study the language under Hebrew teachers on the spot. The Septuagint must have had a different reading, as it translates "their shame." But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away,.... Not like the tender grass that springs up, and flourishes after rain, and the sunshine upon that; but like thorns, useless, hurtful, and pernicious, and fit only for burning: this is true of wicked men in general, that cast off the yoke of the Lord, and become unprofitable, as Belial signifies; and of wicked governors in particular, who, instead of being helpful, are harmful to a commonwealth; and instead of being the joy and comfort of their subjects, and of giving pleasure to them, and making them cheerful and prosperous, give pain and trouble, and cause grief and sorrow; and are, if possible, to be thrust away, and deposed from government:

because they cannot be taken with hands; thorns cannot be handled and gently dealt with, but some instrument must be used to put them away with force; so wicked men, and especially wicked rulers, are untractable, and not to be managed in a gentle way, and therefore violent ones must be taken. 6. But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns—that is, the wicked enemies and persecutors of this kingdom of righteousness. They resemble those prickly, thorny plants which are twisted together, whose spires point in every direction, and which are so sharp and strong that they cannot be touched or approached without danger; but hard instruments and violent means must be taken to destroy or uproot them. So God will remove or destroy all who are opposed to this kingdom.23:1-7 These words of David are very worthy of regard. Let those who have had long experience of God's goodness, and the pleasantness of heavenly wisdom, when they come to finish their course, bear their testimony to the truth of the promise. David avows his Divine inspiration, that the Spirit of God spake by him. He, and other holy men, spake and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. In many things he had his own neglect and wrong conduct to blame. But David comforted himself that the Lord had made with him an everlasting covenant. By this he principally intended the covenant of mercy and peace, which the Lord made with him as a sinner, who believed in the promised Saviour, who embraced the promised blessing, who yielded up himself to the Lord, to be his redeemed servant. Believers shall for ever enjoy covenant blessings; and God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, shall be for ever glorified in their salvation. Thus pardon, righteousness, grace, and eternal life, are secured as the gift of God through Jesus Christ. There is an infinite fulness of grace and all blessings treasured up in Christ, for those who seek his salvation. This covenant was all David's salvation, he so well knew the holy law of God and the extent of his own sinfulness, that he perceived what was needful for his own case in this salvation. It was therefore all his desire. In comparison, all earthly objects lost their attractions; he was willing to give them up, or to die and leave them, that he might enjoy full happiness, Ps 73:24-28. Still the power of evil, and the weakness of his faith, hope, and love, were his grief and burden. Doubtless he would have allowed that his own slackness and want of care were the cause; but the hope that he should soon be made perfect in glory, encouraged him in his dying moments.
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