2 Samuel 14:4
New International Version
When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, "Help me, Your Majesty!"

New Living Translation
When the woman from Tekoa approached the king, she bowed with her face to the ground in deep respect and cried out, "O king! Help me!"

English Standard Version
When the woman of Tekoa came to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and paid homage and said, “Save me, O king.”

Berean Study Bible
When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell facedown in homage and said, “Help me, O king!”

New American Standard Bible
Now when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself and said, "Help, O king."

King James Bible
And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

Christian Standard Bible
When the woman from Tekoa came to the king, she fell facedown to the ground, paid homage, and said, "Help me, Your Majesty!"

Contemporary English Version
The woman from Tekoa went to David. She bowed very low and said, "Your Majesty, please help me!"

Good News Translation
The woman went to the king, bowed down to the ground in respect, and said, "Help me, Your Majesty!"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the woman from Tekoa came to the king, she fell with her face to the ground in homage and said, "Help me, my king!""

International Standard Version
When the woman from Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, prostrating herself to address him, "Help, your majesty!"

NET Bible
So the Tekoan woman went to the king. She bowed down with her face to the ground in deference to him and said, "Please help me, O king!"

New Heart English Bible
And the woman of Tekoa went to the king, and she bowed down with her face to the ground, and showed respect, and said, "Help, O king."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The woman from Tekoa came to the king and immediately bowed down with her face touching the ground. "Help [me], Your Majesty," she said.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and prostrated herself, and said: 'Help, O king.'

New American Standard 1977
Now when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself and said, “Help, O king.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and did obeisance and said, Save me, O king.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and paid him honor, and said, Help, O king.

American King James Version
And when the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

American Standard Version
And when the woman of Tekoa spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So the woman of Thecoe went in to the king and fell upon her face to the earth, and did him obeisance, and said, Help, O king, help.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the woman of Thecua was come in to the king, she fell before him upon the ground, and worshipped, and said: Save me, O king.

Darby Bible Translation
And the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, and she fell on her face to the ground and did obeisance, and said, Save, O king!

English Revised Version
And when the woman of Tekoa spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

World English Bible
When the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, "Help, O king!"

Young's Literal Translation
And the woman of Tekoah speaketh unto the king, and falleth on her face to the earth, and doth obeisance, and saith, 'Save, O king.'
Study Bible
Absalom's Return to Jerusalem
3Then go to the king and speak these words to him.” And Joab put the words in her mouth. 4When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell facedown in homage and said, “Help me, O king!” 5“What troubles you?” the king asked her. “Indeed,” she said, “I am a widow, for my husband is dead.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 25:23
When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off the donkey, fell facedown, and bowed before him.

2 Samuel 14:5
"What troubles you?" the king asked her. "Indeed," she said, "I am a widow, for my husband is dead.

2 Samuel 18:28
Then Ahimaaz called out to the king, "All is well!" And he bowed down facedown before the king. He continued, "Blessed be the LORD your God! He has delivered up the men who raised their hands against my lord the king."

2 Kings 6:26
As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, "Help me, my lord the king!"

Treasury of Scripture

And when the woman of Tekoah spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.

fell on her

2 Samuel 1:2
It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

1 Samuel 20:41
And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.

1 Samuel 25:23
And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

Help [heb] Save

2 Kings 6:26-28
And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king…

Job 29:12-14
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him…

Luke 18:3-5
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary…







Lexicon
When the woman
הָאִשָּׁ֤ה (hā·’iš·šāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

from Tekoa
הַתְּקֹעִית֙ (hat·tə·qō·‘îṯ)
Article | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8621: Tekoite -- inhabitant of Tekoa

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

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

she fell
וַתִּפֹּ֧ל (wat·tip·pōl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

facedown
אַפֶּ֛יהָ (’ap·pe·hā)
Noun - mdc | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

in homage
וַתִּשְׁתָּ֑חוּ (wat·tiš·tā·ḥū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7812: To depress, prostrate

and said,
וַ֠תֹּאמֶר (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Help me,
הוֹשִׁ֥עָה (hō·wō·ši·‘āh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3467: To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor

O king!”
הַמֶּֽלֶךְ׃ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king
(4) Spake to the king.--Many MSS. and the LXX., Vulg., and Syriac have came to the king. The difference is immaterial.

Verse 4. - When the woman of Tekoah spake. All the versions and several manuscripts read, as the sense requires, "when the woman of Tekoah came." There is an interesting article in De Rossi, fixing with much probability the twelfth century as the date of this error. Though Absalom subsequently (2 Samuel 15:4) complained of the lax administration of justice in the realm, yet evidently this woman had the right of bringing her suit before the king; and we may be sure that Joab would take care that nothing unusual was done, lest it should awaken the king's suspicions. But possibly there was a want of method in judicial matters, and very much was left in the hands of the tribal officers, such as we find mentioned in Joshua 24:1. 14:1-20 We may notice here, how this widow pleads God's mercy, and his clemency toward poor guilty sinners. The state of sinners is a state of banishment from God. God pardons none to the dishonour of his law and justice, nor any who are impenitent; nor to the encouragement of crimes, or the hurt of others.
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