2 Samuel 15:11
New International Version
Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter.

New Living Translation
He took 200 men from Jerusalem with him as guests, but they knew nothing of his intentions.

English Standard Version
With Absalom went two hundred men from Jerusalem who were invited guests, and they went in their innocence and knew nothing.

Berean Study Bible
Two hundred men from Jerusalem accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and they went along innocently, for they knew nothing about the matter.

King James Bible
And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.

New King James Version
And with Absalom went two hundred men invited from Jerusalem, and they went along innocently and did not know anything.

New American Standard Bible
Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were invited and went innocently, for they did not know anything.

NASB 1995
Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were invited and went innocently, and they did not know anything.

NASB 1977
Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were invited and went innocently, and they did not know anything.

Amplified Bible
Then two hundred men from Jerusalem who were invited [as guests to his sacrificial feast] went with Absalom. They went innocently and knew nothing [about his plan against David].

Christian Standard Bible
Two hundred men from Jerusalem went with Absalom. They had been invited and were going innocently, for they did not know the whole situation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Two hundred men from Jerusalem went with Absalom. They had been invited and were going innocently, for they knew nothing about the whole matter.

American Standard Version
And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they knew not anything.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And two hundred men from Jerusalem went with Abishlum, and they went innocently, not knowing a thing

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And there went with Abessalom two hundred chosen men from Jerusalem; and they went in their simplicity, and knew not anything.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there went with Absalom two hundred men out of Jerusalem that were called, going with simplicity of heart, and knowing nothing of the design.

English Revised Version
And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they knew not any thing.

Good News Translation
There were two hundred men who at Absalom's invitation had gone from Jerusalem with him; they knew nothing of the plot and went in all good faith.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Two hundred men invited from Jerusalem went with Absalom. They went innocently, knowing nothing [about Absalom's plans].

International Standard Version
Meanwhile, 200 men left Jerusalem with Absalom. They had been invited to go along, but were innocent, not knowing anything about what was happening.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they knew not any thing.

Literal Standard Version
And two hundred men have gone with Absalom out of Jerusalem, invited ones, and they are going in their simplicity, and have not known anything;

NET Bible
Now two hundred men had gone with Absalom from Jerusalem. Since they were invited, they went naively and were unaware of what Absalom was planning.

New Heart English Bible
Two hundred men went with Absalom out of Jerusalem, who were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they did not know anything.

World English Bible
Two hundred men went with Absalom out of Jerusalem, who were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they didn't know anything.

Young's Literal Translation
And with Absalom have gone two hundred men, out of Jerusalem, invited ones, and they are going in their simplicity, and have not known anything;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Absalom's Conspiracy
10Then Absalom sent spies throughout the tribes of Israel with this message: “When you hear the sound of the horn, you are to say, ‘Absalom reigns in Hebron!’ ” 11Two hundred men from Jerusalem accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and they went along innocently, for they knew nothing about the matter. 12While Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, to come from his hometown of Giloh. So the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept increasing.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 9:13
As soon as you enter the city, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; after that, the guests will eat. Go up at once; you will find him."

1 Samuel 22:15
Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Far be it from me! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of my father's household, for your servant knew nothing of this whole affair--not in part or in whole."


Treasury of Scripture

And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.

called

1 Samuel 9:13
As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.

1 Samuel 16:3-5
And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee…

their simplicity

Genesis 20:5
Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

1 Samuel 22:15
Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or more.

Proverbs 14:15
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.









(11) Went in their simplicity.--The two hundred guests whom Absalom had invited to take part with him in his sacrifices, were doubtless prominent and influential citizens of Jerusalem. That they were entirely ignorant of Absalom's purposes shows the extreme secrecy with which the affair was managed. Absalom, no doubt, hoped when he once had them at Hebron, to secure them for his side, or, failing this, forcibly to prevent their opposition. In any case it would appear to the people that they were with him, and he would thus secure additional prestige.

Verse 11. - Two hundred men. These, doubtless, were courtiers and men of rank, who were so accustomed to Absalom's love of display, that, when called, that is, invited, they would go without suspicion. To Absalom their attendance was most important, not only because, being compromised, many would join him, and even all of them for a time be forced to yield obedience, but because they would make the people of Hebron suppose that Absalom had a powerful body of supporters at Jerusalem. It is quite possible that at Hebron, and generally in Judah, there was great discontent because David had left their tribe to choose a capital elsewhere, and because he did not show them any decided preference over the other tribes, whose good will he would rightly seek to conciliate. The existence of much jealousy between Judah and the ten tribes is plain from 2 Samuel 19:41-43.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Two hundred
מָאתַ֤יִם (mā·ṯa·yim)
Number - fd
Strong's 3967: A hundred

men
אִישׁ֙ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

from Jerusalem
מִיר֣וּשָׁלִַ֔ם (mî·rū·šā·lim)
Preposition-m | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 3389: Jerusalem -- probably 'foundation of peace', capital city of all Israel

accompanied
הָלְכ֞וּ (hā·lə·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

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

They had been invited as guests
קְרֻאִ֖ים (qə·ru·’îm)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine plural
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

and they went along
וְהֹלְכִ֣ים (wə·hō·lə·ḵîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

innocently,
לְתֻמָּ֑ם (lə·ṯum·mām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 8537: Completeness, integrity, also part of the high priest's breastplate

for they knew
יָדְע֖וּ (yā·ḏə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3045: To know

nothing
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

about
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the matter.
דָּבָֽר׃ (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause


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