2 Samuel 13:24
New International Version
Absalom went to the king and said, “Your servant has had shearers come. Will the king and his attendants please join me?”

New Living Translation
He went to the king and said, “My sheep-shearers are now at work. Would the king and his servants please come to celebrate the occasion with me?”

English Standard Version
And Absalom came to the king and said, “Behold, your servant has sheepshearers. Please let the king and his servants go with your servant.”

Berean Study Bible
And he went to the king and said, “Your servant has just hired shearers. Will the king and his servants please come with me?”

King James Bible
And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant.

New King James Version
Then Absalom came to the king and said, “Kindly note, your servant has sheepshearers; please, let the king and his servants go with your servant.”

New American Standard Bible
And Absalom came to the king and said, “Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; may the king and his servants please go with your servant.”

NASB 1995
Absalom came to the king and said, “Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant.”

NASB 1977
And Absalom came to the king and said, “Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant.”

Amplified Bible
Absalom came to [his father] the king and said, “Behold, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then he went to the king and said, “Your servant has just hired sheepshearers. Will the king and his servants please come with your servant? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he went to the king and said, “Your servant has just hired sheepshearers. Will the king and his servants please come with your servant?”

American Standard Version
And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheep-shearers; let the king, I pray thee, and his servants go with thy servant.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Abishlum came to the King and said to him: “Your Servant has Shearers. Let the King and his Servants go with your Servant”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abessalom came to the king, and said, Behold, thy servant has a sheep-shearing; let now the king and his servants go with thy servant.

Contemporary English Version
Then he went to David and said, "My servants are cutting the wool from my sheep. Please come and join us!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he came to the king, and said to him: Behold thy servant's sheep are shorn. Let the king, I pray, with his servants come to his servant.

English Revised Version
And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I pray thee, and his servants go with thy servant.

Good News Translation
He went to King David and said, "Your Majesty, I am having my sheep sheared. Will you and your officials come and take part in the festivities?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Absalom went to the king and said, "Since I have sheepshearers, Your Majesty and your officials are invited [to feast] with me."

International Standard Version
Absalom had gone to the king to ask him, "I've brought some men to shear the sheep. Won't you please come and join me, along with your senior staff?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Absalom came to the king, and said: 'Behold now, thy servant hath sheep-shearers; let the king, I pray thee, and his servants go with thy servant.'

Literal Standard Version
And Absalom comes to the king and says, “Now behold, your servant has shearers, please let the king go—and his servants—with your servant.”

NET Bible
Then Absalom went to the king and said, "My shearers have begun their work. Let the king and his servants go with me."

New Heart English Bible
Absalom came to the king, and said, "See now, your servant has sheepshearers. Please let the king and his servants go with your servant."

World English Bible
Absalom came to the king, and said, "See now, your servant has sheepshearers. Please let the king and his servants go with your servant."

Young's Literal Translation
And Absalom cometh unto the king, and saith, 'Lo, I pray thee, thy servant hath shearers, let the king go, I pray thee, and his servants, with thy servant.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Absalom's Revenge on Amnon
23Two years later, when Absalom’s sheepshearers were at Baal-hazor near Ephraim, he invited all the sons of the king. 24And he went to the king and said, “Your servant has just hired shearers. Will the king and his servants please come with me?” 25“No, my son,” the king replied, “we should not all go, or we would be a burden to you.” Although Absalom urged him, he was not willing to go, but gave him his blessing.…

Cross References
Genesis 38:12
After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had finished mourning, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah.

1 Samuel 25:7
Now I hear that it is time for shearing. When your shepherds were with us, we did not harass them, and nothing of theirs was missing the whole time they were in Carmel.

2 Samuel 13:23
Two years later, when Absalom's sheepshearers were at Baal-hazor near Ephraim, he invited all the sons of the king.

2 Samuel 13:25
"No, my son," the king replied, "we should not all go, or we would be a burden to you." Although Absalom urged him, he was not willing to go, but gave him his blessing.


Treasury of Scripture

And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, your servant has sheep shearers; let the king, I beseech you, and his servants go with your servant.

let the king

2 Samuel 11:8-15
And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king…

Psalm 12:2
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Psalm 55:21
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.









(24) Came to the king.--Absalom could hardly have expected the king to accept his invitation, but by pressing him to go he effectively disguised his real purpose, and secured David's blessing.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And he
אַבְשָׁלוֹם֙ (’aḇ·šā·lō·wm)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 53: Absalom -- 'my father is peace', two Israelites

went
וַיָּבֹ֤א (way·yā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

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

the king
הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

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

“Your servant
לְעַבְדֶּ֑ךָ (lə·‘aḇ·de·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

has just
הִנֵּה־ (hin·nêh-)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

hired shearers.
גֹזְזִ֖ים (ḡō·zə·zîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 1494: To cut off, to shear a, flock, shave the hair, to destroy an enemy

Will the king
הַמֶּ֛לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

and his servants
וַעֲבָדָ֖יו (wa·‘ă·ḇā·ḏāw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

please
נָ֥א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

come
יֵֽלֶךְ־ (yê·leḵ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

with
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

[me]?”
עַבְדֶּֽךָ׃ (‘aḇ·de·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant


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