2 Samuel 10:12
New International Version
Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight."

New Living Translation
Be courageous! Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the LORD's will be done."

English Standard Version
Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.”

Berean Study Bible
Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and for the cities of our God. May the LORD do what is good in His sight.”

New American Standard Bible
"Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight."

King James Bible
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.

Christian Standard Bible
Be strong! Let's prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God. May the LORD's will be done."

Contemporary English Version
Be brave and fight hard to protect our people and the cities of our God. I pray that the LORD will do whatever pleases him."

Good News Translation
Be strong and courageous! Let's fight hard for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the LORD's will be done!"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be strong! We must prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God. May the LORD's will be done."

International Standard Version
Be strong, be courageous on behalf of our people and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what he thinks is best."

NET Bible
Be strong! Let's fight bravely for the sake of our people and the cities of our God! The LORD will do what he decides is best!"

New Heart English Bible
Be courageous, and let us be strong for our people, and for the cities of our God; and the LORD do that which seems good to him."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be strong! Let's prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God, and the LORD will do what he considers right."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be of good courage, and let us prove strong for our people, and for the cities of our God; and the LORD do that which seemeth Him good.'

New American Standard 1977
“Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God; and let the LORD do that which seems good unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems to him good.

American King James Version
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems him good.

American Standard Version
Be of good courage, and let us play the man for ou people, and for the cities of our God: and Jehovah do that which seemeth him good.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Be thou courageous, and let us be strong for our people, and for the sake of the cities of our God, and the Lord shall do that which is good in his eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be of good courage, and let us fight for our people, and for the city of our God: and the Lord will do what is good in his sight.

Darby Bible Translation
Be strong, and let us shew ourselves valiant for our people and for the cities of our God; and Jehovah do what is good in his sight.

English Revised Version
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.

World English Bible
Be courageous, and let us be strong for our people, and for the cities of our God; and Yahweh do that which seems good to him."

Young's Literal Translation
be strong and strengthen thyself for our people, and for the cities of our God, and Jehovah doth that which is good in His eyes.'
Study Bible
David Defeats Ammon and Aram
11“If the Arameans are too strong for me,” said Joab, “then you will come to my rescue. And if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to your rescue. 12Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and for the cities of our God. May the LORD do what is good in His sight.” 13So Joab and his troops advanced to fight the Arameans, who fled before him.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage. Be strong.

Hebrews 11:33
who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and obtained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."

Joshua 1:6
Be strong and courageous, for you shall give these people the inheritance of the land I swore to their fathers I would give them.

1 Samuel 3:18
So Samuel told him everything and did not hide a thing from him. "He is the LORD," replied Eli. "Let Him do what is good in His eyes."

2 Samuel 10:11
"If the Arameans are too strong for me," said Joab, "then you will come to my rescue. And if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to your rescue.

Nehemiah 4:14
After I had made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes."

Treasury of Scripture

Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems him good.

Numbers 13:20
And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:6,7,9,18
Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them…

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1 Samuel 4:9
Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.

1 Chronicles 19:13
Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

the Lord

2 Samuel 16:10,11
And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? …

Judges 10:15
And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.

1 Samuel 3:18
And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.







Lexicon
Be strong
חֲזַ֤ק (ḥă·zaq)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

and let us fight bravely
וְנִתְחַזַּק֙ (wə·niṯ·ḥaz·zaq)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

for
בְּעַד־ (bə·‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for

our people
עַמֵּ֔נוּ (‘am·mê·nū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

and for
וּבְעַ֖ד (ū·ḇə·‘aḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for

the cities
עָרֵ֣י (‘ā·rê)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

of our God.
אֱלֹהֵ֑ינוּ (’ĕ·lō·hê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

May the LORD
וַֽיהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

do
יַעֲשֶׂ֥ה (ya·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

what is good
הַטּ֖וֹב (haṭ·ṭō·wḇ)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

in His sight.”
בְּעֵינָֽיו׃ (bə·‘ê·nāw)
Preposition-b | Noun - cdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain
(12) Be of good courage, and let us play the men.--Literally, Be strong and let us strengthen ourselves. The same phrase is translated in Chronicles, "Be of good courage and let us behave ourselves valiantly." (Compare 1Samuel 4:9.) Joab felt that the battle was a critical one, and on it depended the welfare and even the safety of "our people" and "the cities of our God." The latter expression is in recognition of the fact that the whole land belonged to God, who allowed the use of it to His people.

The Lord do.--Rather, The Lord will do. Joab's courage rose here to that highest point which is marked by the full trust that whatever may be the result, it will be that which seems best to Infinite wisdom and love.

Verse 12. - Be of good courage, and let us play the men. The Hebrew employs two conjugations of the same verb, literally, be strong, and let us show ourselves strong. And need there was for bravery; for the welfare, as he went on to show, of all Israel, and the honour of Israel's God, were in jeopardy. Finally he adds, The Lord do that which seemeth him good. They are the words not so much of confidence as of determined resolution. Come good or ill, he and Abishai would do their utmost. 10:6-14 They that are at war with the Son of David, not only give the provocation, but begin the war. God has forces to send against those that set his wrath at defiance, Isa 5:19, which will convince them that none ever hardened his heart against God, and prospered. Christ's soldiers should strengthen one another's hands in their spiritual warfare. Let nothing be wanting in us, whatever the success be. When we make conscience of doing our duty, we may, with satisfaction, leave the event with God, assuredly hoping for his salvation in his own way and time.
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