2 Samuel 3:38
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New International Version
Then the king said to his men, "Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day?

New Living Translation
Then King David said to his officials, "Don't you realize that a great commander has fallen today in Israel?

English Standard Version
And the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?

New American Standard Bible
Then the king said to his servants, "Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?

King James Bible
And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the king said to his soldiers, "You must know that a great leader has fallen in Israel today.

International Standard Version
The king reminded his staff, "Don't you know that a prince and a great man has fallen today in Israel?

NET Bible
Then the king said to his servants, "Do you not realize that a great leader has fallen this day in Israel?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king said to his officers, "Don't you know that today a leader, a great man, has fallen in Israel?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the king said unto his slaves, Do ye not know that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

King James 2000 Bible
And the king said unto his servants, Know you not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

American King James Version
And the king said to his servants, Know you not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

American Standard Version
And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The king also said to his servants: Do you not know that a prince and great man is slain this day in Israel?

Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

English Revised Version
And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king said to his servants, Know ye not that there hath a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

World English Bible
The king said to his servants, "Don't you know that there a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?

Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith unto his servants, 'Do ye not know that a prince and a great one hath fallen this day in Israel?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:22-39 Judgments are prepared for such scorners as Abner; but Joab, in what he did, acted wickedly. David laid Abner's murder deeply to heart, and in many ways expressed his detestation of it. The guilt of blood brings a curse upon families: if men do not avenge it, God will. It is a sad thing to die like a fool, as they do that any way shorten their own days, and those who make no provision for another world. Who would be fond of power, when a man may have the name of it, and must be accountable for it, yet is hampered in the use of it? David ought to have done his duty, and then trusted God with the issue. Carnal policy spared Joab. The Son of David may long delay, but never fails to punish impenitent sinners. He who now reigns upon the throne of David, has a kingdom of a nobler kind. Whatever He doeth, is noticed by all his willing people, and is pleasing to them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 38. - A prince and a great man. David pronounces this high estimate of Abner's worth to his servants, that is, to his officers, and especially to the six hundred mighty men. His conduct is bold and open, and must have greatly humiliated Joab and Abishai. But though the six hundred approved of David's conduct, and respected him for it, yet probably, as Abner had killed Asahel, they would not have consented to any further punishment than the disgrace inflicted on Joab by his being deprived of the command of David's warriors.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the king said unto his servants,.... His courtiers, giving a reason why he mourned as he did; or "had said" (w), and so is a reason why the people concluded, and were fully satisfied, he had no hand in his death; but the first is best, because what follows was said not to the people at the grave, but to his servants at court:

know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel? a "prince", being of the royal family, his father was Saul's uncle, and he his own cousin; a "great" man, being general of the army, a very valiant and skilful commander, a man of great wisdom and parts. David says nothing of his grace and virtue, only of his grandeur, his high birth and civil excellencies; he praises him in what he was commendable, and proceeds no further; and this was sufficient to show there was just cause of mourning on civil accounts; and this they might easily know and perceive, that the fall or death of such a man, which had that day happened in Israel, was a public loss, and matter of lamentation; and the rather as he was employing all his excellent talents in civil affairs, and all his interest in the people of Israel, to unite them to Judah, and bring them under the government of David.

(w) "nam dixerat", Junius & Tremellius.



2 Samuel 3:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
David Mourns for Abner
37So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the will of the king to put Abner the son of Ner to death. 38Then the king said to his servants, "Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? 39"I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil."
Cross References
2 Samuel 3:37
So on that day all the people there and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.

2 Samuel 3:39
And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds!"
Treasury of Scripture

And the king said to his servants, Know you not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

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2 Samuel 3:12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is …

2 Samuel 2:8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth …

1 Samuel 14:50,51 And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: …

Job 32:9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

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