1 Samuel 25:17
New International Version
Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him."

New Living Translation
You need to know this and figure out what to do, for there is going to be trouble for our master and his whole family. He’s so ill-tempered that no one can even talk to him!”

English Standard Version
Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that one cannot speak to him.”

Berean Study Bible
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!”

King James Bible
Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.

New King James Version
Now therefore, know and consider what you will do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his household. For he is such a scoundrel that one cannot speak to him.”

New American Standard Bible
Now then, be aware and consider what you should do, because harm is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”

NASB 1995
"Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him."

NASB 1977
“Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”

Amplified Bible
Now then, know this and consider what you should do, for evil is [already] planned against our master and against all his household; but he is such a worthless and wicked man that one cannot speak [reasonably] to him.”

Christian Standard Bible
Now consider carefully what you should do, because there is certain to be trouble for our master and his entire family. He is such a worthless fool nobody can talk to him! ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now consider carefully what you must do, because there is certain to be trouble for our master and his entire family. He is such a worthless fool nobody can talk to him!"

American Standard Version
Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house: for he is such a worthless fellow, that one cannot speak to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Now know and see what you do, because evil is determined against our Master and against all his household!” And Nabal was with the Shepherds

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And now do thou consider, and see what thou wilt do; for mischief is determined against our lord and against his house; and he is a vile character, and one cannot speak to him.

Contemporary English Version
He's a bully who won't listen to anyone. Isn't there something you can do? Please think of something! Or else our master and his family and everyone who works for him are all doomed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore consider, and think what thou hast to do: for evil is determined against thy husband, and against thy house, and he is a son of Belial, so that no man can speak to him.

English Revised Version
Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house: for he is such a son of Belial, that one cannot speak to him.

Good News Translation
Please think this over and decide what to do. This could be disastrous for our master and all his family. He is so mean that he won't listen to anybody!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, consider what you should do because our master and his whole household are doomed. And he's such a worthless man that it's useless to talk to him."

International Standard Version
Now, be aware of this and consider what you should do. Calamity is being planned against our master and against his entire household. He's such a worthless person that no one can talk to him."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house; for he is such a base fellow, that one cannot speak to him.'

Literal Standard Version
And now, know and consider what you do; for evil has been determined against our lord, and against all his house, and he [is] too much a son of worthlessness to be spoken to.”

NET Bible
Now be aware of this, and see what you can do. For disaster has been planned for our lord and his entire household. He is such a wicked person that no one tells him anything!"

New Heart English Bible
Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house; for he is such a worthless fellow that one can't speak to him."

World English Bible
Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house; for he is such a worthless fellow that one can't speak to him."

Young's Literal Translation
And, now, know and consider what thou dost; for evil hath been determined against our lord, and against all his house, and he is too much a son of worthlessness to be spoken to.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
David, Nabal, and Abigail
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
1 Samuel 10:27
But some worthless men said, "How can this man save us?" So they despised him and brought him no gifts; but Saul remained silent about it.

1 Samuel 20:7
If he says, 'Good,' then your servant is safe, but if he is enraged, you will know he has evil intentions.

1 Samuel 25:16
They were a wall around us, both day and night, the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.

1 Samuel 25:18
Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five butchered sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs. She loaded them on donkeys


Treasury of Scripture

Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.

evil

1 Samuel 20:7,9,33
If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him…

2 Chronicles 25:16
And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king's counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.

Esther 7:7
And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.

a son of Belial

1 Samuel 25:25
Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.

1 Samuel 2:12
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

Deuteronomy 13:13
Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

that a man

1 Samuel 20:32,33
And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done? …

2 Kings 5:13,14
And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? …









(17) A son of Belial.--Belial was not a proper name, though it subsequently came to be considered one. It signifies simply worthlessness; here a "son of Belial" is an expression for a bad, worthless fellow.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now
וְעַתָּ֗ה (wə·‘at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 6258: At this time

consider carefully
דְּעִ֤י (də·‘î)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

what
מַֽה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

you must do,
תַּעֲשִׂ֔י (ta·‘ă·śî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

because
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

disaster
הָרָעָ֛ה (hā·rā·‘āh)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

looms
כָלְתָ֧ה (ḵā·lə·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent

over
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

our master
אֲדֹנֵ֖ינוּ (’ă·ḏō·nê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 113: Sovereign, controller

and
וְעַ֣ל (wə·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

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

his household.
בֵּית֑וֹ (bê·ṯōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1004: A house

For he [is such]
וְהוּא֙ (wə·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

a scoundrel
בְּלִיַּ֔עַל (bə·lî·ya·‘al)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1100: Without profit, worthlessness, destruction, wickedness

that nobody can speak
מִדַּבֵּ֖ר (mid·dab·bêr)
Preposition-m | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to him!”
אֵלָֽיו׃ (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to


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