2 Samuel 16:12
New International Version
It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”

New Living Translation
And perhaps the LORD will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today.”

English Standard Version
It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today.”

Berean Study Bible
Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and repay me with good for the cursing I receive today.”

King James Bible
It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.

New King James Version
It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”

New American Standard Bible
Perhaps the LORD will look on my misery and return good to me instead of his cursing this day.”

NASB 1995
“Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day.”

NASB 1977
“Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day.”

Amplified Bible
Perhaps the LORD will look on the wrong done to me [by Shimei, if he is acting on his own]; and [in that case perhaps] the Lord will this day return good to me in place of his cursing.”

Christian Standard Bible
Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and restore goodness to me instead of Shimei’s curses today.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and restore goodness to me instead of Shimei’s curses today.”

American Standard Version
It may be that Jehovah will look on the wrong done unto me, and that Jehovah will requite me good for his cursing of me this day.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Now LORD JEHOVAH shall see my submission, and he shall pay me good in exchange for the abuses of today”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If by any means the Lord may look on my affliction, thus shall he return me good for his cursing this day.

Contemporary English Version
But if the LORD hears these curses and sees the trouble I'm in, maybe he will have pity on me instead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Perhaps the Lord may look upon my affliction, and the Lord may render me good for the cursing of this day.

English Revised Version
It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done unto me, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing of me this day.

Good News Translation
Perhaps the LORD will notice my misery and give me some blessings to take the place of his curse."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Maybe the LORD will see my misery and turn his curse into a blessing for me today."

International Standard Version
Perhaps the LORD will take note of my troubles and return good to me instead of curses today!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
It may be that the LORD will look on mine eye, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing of me this day.'

Literal Standard Version
it may be YHWH looks on my affliction, and YHWH has turned back good to me for his reviling this day.”

NET Bible
Perhaps the LORD will notice my affliction and this day grant me good in place of his curse."

New Heart English Bible
It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction and return good to me for his cursing today."

World English Bible
It may be that Yahweh will look on the wrong done to me, and that Yahweh will repay me good for the cursing of me today."

Young's Literal Translation
it may be Jehovah doth look on mine affliction, and Jehovah hath turned back to me good for his reviling this day.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Shimei Curses David
11Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son, my own flesh and blood, seeks my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone and let him curse me, for the LORD has told him so. 12Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and repay me with good for the cursing I receive today.” 13So David and his men proceeded along the road as Shimei went along the ridge of the hill opposite him. As Shimei went, he yelled curses, threw stones, and flung dust at David.…

Cross References
Romans 8:28
And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Deuteronomy 23:5
Yet the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, and the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.

2 Samuel 16:13
So David and his men proceeded along the road as Shimei went along the ridge of the hill opposite him. As Shimei went, he yelled curses, threw stones, and flung dust at David.

2 Kings 19:4
Perhaps the LORD your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to defy the living God, and He will rebuke him for the words that the LORD your God has heard. Therefore lift up a prayer for the remnant that still survives."

Psalm 25:18
Consider my affliction and trouble, and take away all my sins.

Psalm 109:28
Though they curse, You will bless. When they rise up, they will be put to shame, but Your servant will rejoice.

Psalm 132:1
O LORD, remember on behalf of David all the hardships he endured,


Treasury of Scripture

It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.

the Lord

Genesis 29:32,33
And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me…

Exodus 2:24,25
And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob…

Exodus 3:7,8
And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; …

affliction.

Deuteronomy 23:5
Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

Isaiah 27:7
Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?

Matthew 5:11,12
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake…









(12) Look on mine affliction.--The English here follows the LXX. and Vulg. The Hebrew margin has mine eye, but the text has my iniquity, which is probably the true sense. David expresses the hope that God will mercifully look upon his sin, of which he has repented, and for which he is now bearing punishment: a part of this punishment is the cursing of Shimei, and God may be well pleased that it should be patiently borne.

Verse 12. - Mine affliction. This reading is supported by the Septuagint and Vulgate. The Syriac has "my subjection," possibly a free translation of the same reading. But the written text (K'tib) has "my wrong," either the wrong I have done, and of which I am bearing the punishment, or, as in the Revised Version, "the wrong done unto me." The correction of the Massorites (K'ri), is literally "my eye," that is, "my team."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Perhaps
אוּלַ֛י (’ū·lay)
Adverb
Strong's 194: Perhaps

the LORD
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

will see
יִרְאֶ֥ה (yir·’eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

my affliction
בְּעֵינִ֑י (bə·‘ê·nî)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

and repay
וְהֵשִׁ֨יב (wə·hê·šîḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

me
לִי֙ (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

with good
טוֹבָ֔ה (ṭō·w·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

for
תַּ֥חַת (ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition
Strong's 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

the cursing [I receive]
קִלְלָת֖וֹ (qil·lā·ṯōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7045: Vilification

today.”
הַיּ֥וֹם (hay·yō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day


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