1 Samuel 25:16
New International Version
Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.

New Living Translation
In fact, day and night they were like a wall of protection to us and the sheep.

English Standard Version
They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

Berean Study Bible
They were a wall around us, both day and night, the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.

King James Bible
They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

New King James Version
They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the time we were with them keeping the sheep.

New American Standard Bible
They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep.

NASB 1995
“They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep.

NASB 1977
“They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep.

Amplified Bible
They were a wall [of protection] to us both night and day, all the time that we were with them tending the sheep.

Christian Standard Bible
They were a wall around us, both day and night, the entire time we were with them herding the sheep.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They were a wall around us, both day and night, the entire time we were herding the sheep.

American Standard Version
they were a wall unto us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were a wall for us also in the night, also by day, all the days that we were with them and we were grazing the sheep

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And when we were in the field, they were as a wall round about us, both by night and by day, all the days that we were with them feeding the flock.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

English Revised Version
they were a wall unto us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

Good News Translation
They protected us day and night the whole time we were with them looking after our flocks.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They were a wall protecting us day and night as long as we were watching the sheep near them.

International Standard Version
They were a wall around us both day and night, all the time we were with them taking care of the sheep.

JPS Tanakh 1917
they were a wall unto us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

Literal Standard Version
they have been a wall to us both by night and by day, all the days of our being with them, feeding the flock.

NET Bible
Both night and day they were a protective wall for us the entire time we were with them, while we were tending our flocks.

New Heart English Bible
They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

World English Bible
They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

Young's Literal Translation
a wall they have been unto us both by night and by day, all the days of our being with them, feeding the flock.

Additional Translations ...
Context
David, Nabal, and Abigail
15Yet these men were very good to us. When we were in the field, we were not harassed, and nothing of ours went missing the whole time we lived among them. 16They were a wall around us, both day and night, the whole time we were herding our sheep near them. 17Now consider carefully what you must do, because disaster looms over our master and all his household. For he is such a scoundrel that nobody can speak to him!”…

Cross References
Exodus 14:22
and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on their right and on their left.

1 Samuel 25:17
Now consider carefully what you must do, because disaster looms over our master and all his household. For he is such a scoundrel that nobody can speak to him!"

Job 1:10
Have You not placed a hedge on every side around him and his household and all that he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.


Treasury of Scripture

They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

a wall

Exodus 14:22
And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

Job 1:10
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Jeremiah 15:20
And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD.











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They were
הָי֣וּ (hā·yū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a wall
חוֹמָה֙ (ḥō·w·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2346: A wall of protection

around us,
עָלֵ֔ינוּ (‘ā·lê·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

both
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

day
יוֹמָ֑ם (yō·w·mām)
Adverb
Strong's 3119: Daytime, by day

and
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

night,
לַ֖יְלָה (lay·lāh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3915: A twist, night, adversity

the whole
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

time
יְמֵ֛י (yə·mê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3117: A day

we were
הֱיוֹתֵ֥נוּ (hĕ·yō·w·ṯê·nū)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | first person common plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

herding
רֹעִ֥ים (rō·‘îm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

our sheep
הַצֹּֽאן׃ (haṣ·ṣōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

near them.
עִמָּ֖ם (‘im·mām)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5973: With, equally with


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