2 Samuel 15:3
New International Version
Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."

New Living Translation
Then Absalom would say, “You’ve really got a strong case here! It’s too bad the king doesn’t have anyone to hear it.

English Standard Version
Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you.”

Berean Study Bible
Absalom would say, “Look, your claims are good and right, but the king has no deputy to hear you.”

King James Bible
And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

New King James Version
Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but you have no one to listen to you on the part of the king.”

NASB 1995
Then Absalom would say to him, "See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king."

NASB 1977
Then Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.”

Amplified Bible
Then Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man appointed as the king’s agent to listen to you.”

Christian Standard Bible
Absalom said to him, “Look, your claims are good and right, but the king does not have anyone to listen to you.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Absalom said to him, "Look, your claims are good and right, but the king does not have anyone to listen to you."

American Standard Version
And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Abishlum says to him: “Behold, I see your words are good and right, and there is no one listening to you from the presence of the King”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abessalom said to him, See, thy affairs are right and clear, yet thou hast no one appointed of the king to hear thee.

Contemporary English Version
Absalom would say, "You deserve to win your case. It's too bad the king doesn't have anyone to hear complaints like yours.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Absalom answered him: Thy words seem to me good and just. But there is no man appointed by the king to hear thee. And Absalom said:

English Revised Version
And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

Good News Translation
Absalom would say, "Look, the law is on your side, but there is no representative of the king to hear your case."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Absalom would say, "Your case is good and proper, but the king hasn't appointed anyone to hear it."

International Standard Version
Absalom would respond, "Look, your claims are valid and defensible, but nobody will listen to you on behalf of the king.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Absalom said unto him: 'See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.'

Literal Standard Version
And Absalom says to him, “See, your matters [are] good and straightforward—and there is none listening to you from the king.”

NET Bible
Absalom would then say to him, "Look, your claims are legitimate and appropriate. But there is no representative of the king who will listen to you."

New Heart English Bible
then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your matters are good and right; but there is no one from the king to hear you."

World English Bible
Absalom said to him, "Behold, your matters are good and right; but there is no man deputized by the king to hear you."

Young's Literal Translation
And Absalom saith unto him, 'See, thy matters are good and straightforward -- and there is none hearkening to thee from the king.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Absalom's Conspiracy
2He would get up early and stand beside the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone had a grievance to bring before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out and ask, “What city are you from?” And if he replied, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel,” 3Absalom would say, “Look, your claims are good and right, but the king has no deputy to hear you.” 4And he would add, “If only someone would appoint me judge in the land, then everyone with a grievance or dispute could come to me, and I would give him justice.”…

Cross References
Proverbs 12:2
The good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a man who devises evil.

2 Samuel 15:4
And he would add, "If only someone would appoint me judge in the land, then everyone with a grievance or dispute could come to me, and I would give him justice."


Treasury of Scripture

And Absalom said to him, See, your matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear you.

thy matters

Numbers 16:3,13,14
And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? …

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

Daniel 11:21
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

there is, etc.

2 Samuel 8:15
And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.

Exodus 20:12
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Exodus 21:17
And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.









(3) There is no man deputed of the king.--There is no official hearer appointed. It was impossible for the king to hear every case in detail; certain persons were therefore appointed to hear causes and report the facts to the king, who thereupon pronounced his judgment. Absalom uses the same arts which have been used by the demagogue in all ages. He does not accuse the king himself of wrong, but insinuates that the system of government is detective, and expresses his own earnest wish to set things right.



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

“Look,
רְאֵ֥ה (rə·’êh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

your claims
דְבָרֶ֖ךָ (ḏə·ḇā·re·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

are good
טוֹבִ֣ים (ṭō·w·ḇîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

and right,
וּנְכֹחִ֑ים (ū·nə·ḵō·ḥîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 5228: Straightforward, equitable, correct, integrity

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

[has] no deputy
אֵין־ (’ên-)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

to hear
וְשֹׁמֵ֥עַ (wə·šō·mê·a‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

you.”
לְךָ֖ (lə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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