2 Samuel 3:20
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New International Version
When Abner, who had twenty men with him, came to David at Hebron, David prepared a feast for him and his men.

New Living Translation
When Abner and twenty of his men came to Hebron, David entertained them with a great feast.

English Standard Version
When Abner came with twenty men to David at Hebron, David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him.

Berean Study Bible
When Abner and twenty of his men came to David at Hebron, David held a feast for them.

New American Standard Bible
Then Abner and twenty men with him came to David at Hebron. And David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him.

King James Bible
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

Christian Standard Bible
When Abner and twenty men came to David at Hebron, David held a banquet for him and his men.

Contemporary English Version
Abner took 20 soldiers with him, and when they got to Hebron, David gave a big feast for them.

Good News Translation
When Abner came to David at Hebron with twenty men, David gave a feast for them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Abner and 20 men came to David at Hebron, David held a banquet for him and his men.

International Standard Version
Afterwards, Abner brought 20 soldiers to David at Hebron, and David threw a party for Abner and the men who were with him.

NET Bible
When Abner, accompanied by twenty men, came to David in Hebron, David prepared a banquet for Abner and the men who were with him.

New Heart English Bible
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. David made Abner and the men who were with him a feast.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Abner came with 20 men to David in Hebron, and David had a feast for Abner and his men.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

New American Standard 1977
Then Abner and twenty men with him came to David at Hebron. And David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So Abner came to David to Hebron and twenty men with him. And David made a banquet for Abner and the men that were with him.

King James 2000 Bible
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

American King James Version
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

American Standard Version
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he came to David in Hebron with twenty men: and David made a feast for Abner, and his men that came with him.

Darby Bible Translation
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a repast.

English Revised Version
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

Webster's Bible Translation
So Abner came to David in Hebron, and twenty men with him: and David made Abner and the men that were with him, a feast.

World English Bible
So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. David made Abner and the men who were with him a feast.

Young's Literal Translation
and Abner cometh in unto David, to Hebron, and with him twenty men, and David maketh for Abner, and for the men who are with him, a banquet.
Study Bible
Abner Joins David
19Abner also spoke to the Benjamites and went to Hebron to tell David all that seemed good to Israel and the whole house of Benjamin. 20When Abner and twenty of his men came to David at Hebron, David held a feast for them. 21Then Abner said to David, “Let me go at once, and I will gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires.” So David dismissed Abner, and he went in peace.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 3:19
Abner also spoke to the Benjamites and went to Hebron to tell David all that seemed good to Israel and the whole house of Benjamin.

2 Samuel 3:21
Then Abner said to David, “Let me go at once, and I will gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires.” So David dismissed Abner, and he went in peace.

Treasury of Scripture

So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

David

Genesis 26:30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

Genesis 31:54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice on the mount, and called his brothers …

Esther 1:3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast to all his princes …







(20) Twenty men.--These were doubtless representative men, selected by Abner from Israel and Benjamin to accompany him and confirm his report. The feast which David made for them is not to be understood of mere conviviality, but of a solemn sacrificial feast, such as was customary in ancient times in connection with important negotiations. (See Genesis 26:30; Genesis 31:54; 1Kings 3:15.)

Verse 20. - Twenty men with him. These, we may feel sure, were not common soldiers, but chieftains selected from those elders who were on David's side; and, though the honourable escort of Michal was the pretext, yet Ishbosheth must have felt sure that more was intended. Most of them, however, would join Abner on the road, especially those who represented Benjamin and the western tribes. On arriving at Hebron they were honourably received, and, after a feast, they settled the conditions on which David was to be made king of all Israel; and Abner then departed in peace, after giving the assurance that all the tribes would now gladly assemble, and by solemn compact and covenant make David their king. The terms of the league, and the conditions agreed upon for Ishbosheth, are not mentioned, because upon Abner's death the whole plan fell to the ground, and David had to wait for many years before his hopes were fulfilled. But we gather from this covenant and 2 Samuel 5:3 (where see note) that the early kings of Israel were not absolute monarchs. So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him,.... Before he went privately to him, and conferred with him, but now, having gained so many of the Israelites in favour of David, he appeared more publicly and brought perhaps some of the principal of the nation with film, to join in the league and covenant to be made:

and David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast; not only in honour to them, as great personages, especially Abner, and as expressive of reconciliation; but as a token of the covenant they were entering into, and for the confirmation of it; it being usual to have feasts when covenants were made; see Genesis 26:28. 3:7-21 Many, like Abner, are not above committing base crimes, who are too proud to bear reproof, or even the suspicion of being guilty. While men go on in sin, and apparently without concern, they are often conscious that they are fighting against God. Many mean to serve their own purposes; and will betray those who trust them, when they can get any advantage. Yet the Lord serves his own designs, even by those who are thus actuated by revenge, ambition, or lust; but as they intend not to honour him, in the end they will be thrown aside with contempt. There was real generosity both to Michal and to the memory of Saul, in David's receiving the former, remembering probably how once he owed his life to her affection, and knowing that she was separated from him partly by her father's authority. Let no man set his heart on that which he is not entitled to. If any disagreement has separated husband and wife, as they expect the blessing of God, let them be reconciled, and live together in love.



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