2 Samuel 16:19
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New International Version
Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve the son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you."

New Living Translation
"And anyway, why shouldn't I serve you? Just as I was your father's adviser, now I will be your adviser!"

English Standard Version
And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you.”

Berean Study Bible
Furthermore, whom should I serve if not the son? As I served in your father’s presence, so also I will serve in yours.”

New American Standard Bible
"Besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so I will be in your presence."

King James Bible
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

Christian Standard Bible
Furthermore, whom will I serve if not his son? As I served in your father's presence, I will also serve in yours."

Contemporary English Version
Besides, it seems right for me to serve you, just as I served your father."

Good News Translation
After all, whom should I serve, if not my master's son? As I served your father, so now I will serve you."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Furthermore, whom will I serve if not his son? As I served in your father's presence, I will also serve in yours."

International Standard Version
Besides, who else should I be serving? Why not the son? The same way I served your father, I'll serve you."

NET Bible
Moreover, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you."

New Heart English Bible
Again, whom should I serve? Shouldn't I serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And besides, whom should I serve? Shouldn't it be his son? As I served your father, so I'll serve you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.'

New American Standard 1977
“And besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so I will be in your presence.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And again, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

King James 2000 Bible
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence.

American King James Version
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence.

American Standard Version
And again, whom should I serve?'should I not'serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Besides this, whom shall I serve? is it not the king's son? as I have served thy father, so will I serve thee also.

Darby Bible Translation
And again, whom should I serve? should it not be in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

English Revised Version
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

Webster's Bible Translation
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

World English Bible
Again, whom should I serve? Shouldn't I serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence."

Young's Literal Translation
and secondly, for whom do I labour? is it not before his son? as I served before thy father so am I before thee.'
Study Bible
The Counsel of Ahithophel and Hushai
18“Not at all,” Hushai answered. “For the one chosen by the LORD, by the people, and by all the men of Israel—his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19Furthermore, whom should I serve if not the son? As I served in your father’s presence, so also I will serve in yours.” 20Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give me counsel. What should we do?”…
Cross References
2 Samuel 15:34
but if you return to the city and say to Absalom, 'I will be your servant, my king! In the past I was your father's servant, but now I will be your servant,' then you can thwart the counsel of Ahithophel for me.

2 Samuel 16:18
"Not at all," Hushai answered. "For the one chosen by the LORD, by the people, and by all the men of Israel--his I will be, and with him I will remain.

2 Samuel 16:20
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give me counsel. What should we do?"

Treasury of Scripture

And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence.

should I not serve

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And again, whom should I serve?.... Or "secondly" (e), a second reason is here given for serving Absalom: the first was the choice of God and the people, the second follows:

should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence: he signifies, that as the kingdom was not translated into another family, but continued in succession in David's house, the alteration made was of no great consequence; it was indifferent to him whom he served, the father or the son; and he could as freely, and would as faithfully serve the son as the father; nor did he think it any breach of friendship to David, nor would David resent it, that he should serve his son, and do the best offices, and give him the best counsel he could; and he seems to bespeak the office of a counsellor, in which he had been to David, that he might be admitted into the presence of Absalom, and be of his privy council, and have the opportunity of giving his best advice.

(e) "secunda", Montanus, Munster, Vatablus; "secundo", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 16:15-23 The wisest counsellors of that age were Ahithophel and Hushai: Absalom thinks himself sure of success, when he has both; on them he relies, and consults not the ark, though he had that with him. But miserable counsellors were they both. Hushai would never counsel him to do wisely. Ahithophel counselled him to do wickedly; and so did as effectually betray him, as he did, who was designedly false to him: for they that advise men to sin, certainly advise them to their hurt. After all, honesty is the best policy, and will be found so in the long run. Ahithophel gave wicked counsel to Absalom; to render himself so hateful to his father, that he would never be reconciled to him; this cursed policy was of the devil. How desperately wicked is the human heart!
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