and the king lamenteth for Abner, and saith: -- 'As the death of a fool doth Abner die?
2 Samuel 3:33 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The king lamented over Abner - This lamentation, though short, is very pathetic. It is a high strain of poetry; but the measure cannot be easily ascertained. Our own translation may be measured thus: -
Died Abner as a fool dieth?
Thy hands were not bound,
Nor thy feet put into fetters.
As a man falleth before the wicked.
So hast thou fallen!
Or thus: -
Shall Abner die a death like to a villain's?
Thy hands not bound,
Nor were the fetters to thy feet applied.
Like as one falls before the sons of guilt,
So hast thou fallen!
He was not taken away by the hand of justice, nor in battle, nor by accident: he died the death of a culprit by falling into the hands of a villain.
This song was a heavy reproof to Joab; and must have galled him extremely, being sung by all the people.
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as a fool dieth That is, as a bad man, as the word frequently signifies in Scripture
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Ecclesiastes 2:15,16 Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it happens even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart...
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2 Samuel 3:33 Parallel CommentariesAbner Chanted Churl Death Die Died Dies Dieth Fool Foolish Grief Lamented Lamenteth Sang SongAbner Chanted Churl Death Die Died Dies Dieth Fool Foolish Grief Lamented Lamenteth Sang SongTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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