2 Samuel 11:23
New International Version
The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate.

New Living Translation
“The enemy came out against us in the open fields,” he said. “And as we chased them back to the city gate,

English Standard Version
The messenger said to David, “The men gained an advantage over us and came out against us in the field, but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate.

Berean Study Bible
The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the field, but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate.

King James Bible
And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.

New King James Version
And the messenger said to David, “Surely the men prevailed against us and came out to us in the field; then we drove them back as far as the entrance of the gate.

New American Standard Bible
The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.

NASB 1995
The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.

NASB 1977
And the messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.

Amplified Bible
The messenger said to David, “The men indeed prevailed against us and came out to us in the field, but we were on them and pushed them as far as the entrance of the [city] gate.

Christian Standard Bible
The messenger reported to David, “The men gained the advantage over us and came out against us in the field, but we counterattacked right up to the entrance of the city gate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The messenger reported to David, “The men gained the advantage over us and came out against us in the field, but we counterattacked right up to the entrance of the gate.

American Standard Version
And the messenger said unto David, The men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entrance of the gate.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Messenger said to David: “The men prevailed against us and they came out against us to the field, and we attacked them unto the gates of the city

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the messenger said to David, The men prevailed against us, and they came out against us into the field, and we came upon them even to the door of the gate.

Contemporary English Version
He added, "The enemy chased us from the wall and out into the open fields. But we pushed them back as far as the city gate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the messenger said to David: The men prevailed against us, and they came out to us into the field: and we vigorously charged and pursued them even to the gate of the city.

English Revised Version
And the messenger said unto David, The men prevailed against us and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.

Good News Translation
He said, "Our enemies were stronger than we were and came out of the city to fight us in the open, but we drove them back to the city gate.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The messenger said, "Their men overpowered us and came to attack us in the field. Then we forced them back to the entrance of the city gate.

International Standard Version
The messenger told David, "The men surprised us and attacked us in the field, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the messenger said unto David: 'The men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entrance of the gate.

Literal Standard Version
and the messenger says to David, “Surely the men have been mighty against us, and come out to us into the field, and we are on them to the opening of the gate,

NET Bible
The messenger said to David, "The men overpowered us and attacked us in the field. But we forced them to retreat all the way to the door of the city gate.

New Heart English Bible
The messenger said to David, "The men prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were on them even to the entrance of the gate.

World English Bible
The messenger said to David, "The men prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were on them even to the entrance of the gate.

Young's Literal Translation
and the messenger saith unto David, 'Surely the men have been mighty against us, and come out unto us into the field, and we are upon them unto the opening of the gate,

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Arranges Uriah's Death
22So the messenger set out and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to say. 23The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the field, but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate. 24Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall, and some of the king’s servants were killed. And your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead as well.”…

Cross References
2 Samuel 11:22
So the messenger set out and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to say.

2 Samuel 11:24
Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall, and some of the king's servants were killed. And your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead as well."


Treasury of Scripture

And the messenger said to David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were on them even to the entering of the gate.









Verse 23. - The men prevailed against us. The real meaning is "the men made a sortie against us in force, and came even to the open field; but we were upon them (and drove them back) unto the entry of the gate, and the archers from off the wall shot at thy servants," etc.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The messenger
הַמַּלְאָךְ֙ (ham·mal·’āḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

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

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

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

“The men
הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֔ים (hā·’ă·nā·šîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

overpowered us
גָבְר֤וּ (ḡā·ḇə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1396: To be strong, to prevail, act insolently

and came out
וַיֵּצְא֥וּ (way·yê·ṣə·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

against
אֵלֵ֖ינוּ (’ê·lê·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

us in the field,
הַשָּׂדֶ֑ה (haś·śā·ḏeh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7704: Field, land

but we drove them back
וַנִּהְיֶ֥ה (wan·nih·yeh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

to
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

the entrance
פֶּ֥תַח (pe·ṯaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6607: An opening, door, entrance way

of the gate.
הַשָּֽׁעַר׃ (haš·šā·‘ar)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8179: An opening, door, gate


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