2 Samuel 13:39
New International Version
And King David longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon's death.

New Living Translation
And King David, now reconciled to Amnon's death, longed to be reunited with his son Absalom.

English Standard Version
And the spirit of the king longed to go out to Absalom, because he was comforted about Amnon, since he was dead.

Berean Study Bible
Then the spirit of the king longed to go to Absalom, for he had been consoled over Amnon’s death.

New American Standard Bible
The heart of King David longed to go out to Absalom; for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.

King James Bible
And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

Christian Standard Bible
King David longed to go to Absalom, for David had finished grieving over Amnon's death.

Contemporary English Version
David still felt so sad over the loss of Amnon that he wanted to take his army there and capture Absalom.

Good News Translation
but when he got over Amnon's death, he was filled with longing for his son Absalom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then King David longed to go to Absalom, for David had finished grieving over Amnon's death.

International Standard Version
Meanwhile, King David longed to visit Absalom, since he was moved to compassion over Amnon's death.

NET Bible
The king longed to go to Absalom, for he had since been consoled over the death of Amnon.

New Heart English Bible
And the spirit of the king longed to go forth to Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
King David began to long for Absalom once people had consoled him over Amnon's death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the soul of king David failed with longing for Absalom; for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

New American Standard 1977
And the heart of King David longed to go out to Absalom; for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And King David longed to see Absalom, for he was now comforted concerning Amnon, who was dead.

King James 2000 Bible
And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

American King James Version
And the soul of king David longed to go forth to Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

American Standard Version
And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And king David ceased to pursue after Absalom, because he was comforted concerning the death of Amnon.

Darby Bible Translation
And king David longed to go forth to Absalom; for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

English Revised Version
And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the soul of king David longed to go forth to Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

World English Bible
[the soul of] king David longed to go forth to Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.

Young's Literal Translation
and the soul of king David determineth to go out unto Absalom, for he hath been comforted for Amnon, for he is dead.






Lexicon
Then the spirit
דָּוִ֣ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

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

longed
וַתְּכַל֙ (wat·tə·ḵal)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent

to go
לָצֵ֖את (lā·ṣêṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

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

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

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

he had been consoled
נִחַ֥ם (ni·ḥam)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5162: To sigh, breathe strongly, to be sorry, to pity, console, rue, to avenge

over
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Amnon’s
אַמְנ֖וֹן (’am·nō·wn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 550: Amnon -- 'faithful', two Israelites

death.
מֵֽת׃ (mêṯ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill
(39) The soul of King David.--The words, "the soul of," are not in the original, and the most opposite interpretations have been given of the rest of the sentence. The sense of the English is that of the Chaldee and of the Jewish commentators--that David, after his grief for Amnon had abated, longed after Absalom and pined for his return. But it may be objected to this view, (1) that there is no ground for supplying the ellipsis in this way; (2) that the verb (which is a common one) never has elsewhere the sense given to it; and (3) that the representation thus made is contrary to fact, since David could easily have recalled Absalom had he chosen to do so, and when he actually was brought back, through Joab's stratagem, the king refused to see him (2Samuel 14:24), and only after two years more (2Samuel 14:28), reluctantly admitted him to his presence. The other interpretation is better, which takes the verb impersonally, and gives the sense, David desisted from going forth against Absalom. He ought to have arrested and punished him for a murder, which was at once fratricide and high treason, as being the assassination of the heir-apparent; but the flight to Geshur made this difficult, and as time went by David "was comforted concerning Amnon," and gradually gave up the thought of punishing Absalom.

Verse 39. - And (the soul of) king David longed to go forth unto Absalom. This translation has the support of the Jewish Targum, and, as the verb is feminine, the insertion of the added word is possible, though the sense seems to require "anger" instead of "the soul." But the versions (Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate) all give the verb its ordinary meaning of "ceasing," and, though there is something harsh in taking it impersonally, yet their authority is too great for us to say that such a mode of rendering it must be wrong. And if the grammar be difficult, the sense put upon the words by the versions is excellent. Literally they are, As to King David, there. was a ceasing to go forth after Absalom; for he was comforted, etc. At first he had demanded of Talmai the surrender of the offender, and, when Talmai refused, David tried other means; but in time, when his grief for Amnon was assuaged, he desisted from his efforts. But even so it required much subtlety on Joab's part to obtain Absalom's recall, which would scarcely have been the case if David's soul was longing for his son's return; and, even after his coming, David long maintained an unfriendly attitude. Amnon was his firstborn, and evidently dearly loved, but David's culpable leniency had borne bitter fruit. And again he acts without thoughtful sense of justice, and though at first he would have given Absalom merited punishment, yet gradually paternal feeling resumed its sway, unhappily only to be miserably abused.



13:30-39 Jonadab was as guilty of Ammon's death, as of his sin; such false friends do they prove, who counsel us to do wickedly. Instead of loathing Absalom as a murderer, David, after a time, longed to go forth to him. This was David's infirmity: God saw something in his heart that made a difference, else we should have thought that he, as much as Eli, honoured his sons more than God.
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