1 Chronicles 11:17
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!”

Berean Study Bible
David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”

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

New King James Version
And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”

New American Standard Bible
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!”

NASB 1995
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!”

NASB 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!”

Amplified Bible
David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is next to the gate!”

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! ”

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!”

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!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And David lusted and said: “Who gives me water that I may drank from the great well of Bayth Lekhem that is at the gate of the city?”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And David longed, and said, Who will give me water to drink of the well of Bethleem, that is in the gate?

Contemporary English Version
and he said, "I'm very thirsty. I wish I had a drink of water from the well by the gate to Bethlehem."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David longed, and said: O that some man would give me water of the cistern 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!

Good News Translation
David got homesick and said, "How I wish someone would bring me a drink of water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David was thirsty and said, "I wish I could have a drink of water from the cistern at the city gate of Bethlehem."

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

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!'

Literal Standard Version
and David longs and says, “Who gives me water to drink from the well of Beth-Lehem that [is] at the 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 city gate!"

New Heart English Bible
And David had a craving and said, "Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, 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 to drink water from the well of Beth-Lehem, that is at the gate!'

Additional Translations ...
Context
David's Mighty Men
16At that time David was in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was at Bethlehem. 17David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 18So the Three broke through the Philistine camp, drew water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the LORD,…

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

1 Chronicles 11:16
At that time David was in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was at Bethlehem.

1 Chronicles 11:18
So the Three broke through the Philistine camp, drew water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the LORD,


Treasury of Scripture

And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!

longed

Numbers 11:4,5
And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? …

2 Samuel 23:15,16
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! …

Psalm 143:6
I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

of the water

Psalm 42:1,2
To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God…

Psalm 63:1
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Isaiah 12:3
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.









(17) That is at (in) the gate !--No such well is now known. The so-called "David's well" is half a mile north-east of the town.

Verse 17. - The well of Bethlehem... at the gate. Nothing else is known of this well. No trace of it exists now, according to Dr. Robinson ('Bibl. Res.,' 1:473). The traditional well is half a mile distant, to the north of the town, and consists of a group of three cisterns, while the present town is supplied with water by an aqueduct.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
David
דָּוִ֖יד (dā·wîḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

longed for water
וַיִּתְאָ֥יו (way·yiṯ·’āw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 183: To incline, desire

and said,
וַיֹּאמַ֑ר (way·yō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Oh, that someone
מִ֚י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

would get me a drink
יַשְׁקֵ֣נִי (yaš·qê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 8248: To quaff, to irrigate, furnish a, potion to

of water
מַ֔יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

from the well
מִבּ֥וֹר (mib·bō·wr)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 953: A pit, cistern, well

near the gate
בַּשָּֽׁעַר׃ (baš·šā·‘ar)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8179: An opening, door, gate

of Bethlehem!”
לֶ֖חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1035: Bethlehem -- 'place of bread', a city in Judah, also a city in Zebulun


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