2 Samuel 17:3
New International Version
and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed.”

New Living Translation
and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride returns to her husband. After all, it is only one man’s life that you seek. Then you will be at peace with all the people.”

English Standard Version
and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband. You seek the life of only one man, and all the people will be at peace.”

Berean Study Bible
and bring all the people back to you as a bride returning to her husband. You seek the life of only one man; then all the people will be at peace.”

King James Bible
And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

New King James Version
Then I will bring back all the people to you. When all return except the man whom you seek, all the people will be at peace.”

New American Standard Bible
and I will bring all the people back to you. The return of everyone depends on the man whom you are seeking; then all the people will be at peace.”

NASB 1995
and I will bring back all the people to you. The return of everyone depends on the man you seek; then all the people will be at peace.”

NASB 1977
and I will bring back all the people to you. The return of everyone depends on the man you seek; then all the people shall be at peace.”

Amplified Bible
and I will bring all the people [who follow David] back to you. The return of everyone depends on the [death of the] man you are seeking; then all the people will be at peace [and accept you as king].”

Christian Standard Bible
and bring all the people back to you. When everyone returns except the man you’re looking for, all the people will be at peace.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and bring all the people back to you. When everyone returns except the man you’re seeking, all the people will be at peace.”

American Standard Version
and I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned:'so all the people shall be in peace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I shall turn all the people to you, as every man whom you have desired has turned, and all the people will be at peace!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I will bring back all the people to thee, as a bride returns to her husband: only thou seekest the life of one man, and all the people shall have peace.

Contemporary English Version
since he's the one you want to get rid of. Then I'll bring the whole nation back to you like a bride coming home to her husband. This way there won't be a civil war.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will bring back all the people, as if they were but one man: for thou seekest but one man: and all the people shall be in peace.

English Revised Version
and I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

Good News Translation
and then bring back all his men to you, like a bride returning to her husband. You want to kill only one man; the rest of the people will be safe."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'll return all the people to you as a bride is returned to her husband. Since you will be seeking the life of only one man, all the people will have peace."

International Standard Version
Then I'll bring everybody else back to you. When the man you're looking for is dead, all the rest of the people will return quietly."

JPS Tanakh 1917
and I will bring back all the people unto thee; when all shall have returned, [save] the man whom thou seekest, all the people will be in peace.'

Literal Standard Version
and I bring back all the people to you—as the turning back of the whole [except] the man whom you are seeking—[then] all the people are [at] peace.”

NET Bible
and will bring the entire army back to you. In exchange for the life of the man you are seeking, you will get back everyone. The entire army will return unharmed."

New Heart English Bible
and I will bring back all the people to you, as a bride returns to her husband. You seek the life of only one man; then all the people will be in peace."

World English Bible
and I will bring back all the people to you. The man whom you seek is as if all returned. All the people shall be in peace."

Young's Literal Translation
and I bring back all the people unto thee -- as the turning back of the whole is the man whom thou art seeking -- all the people are peace.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Hushai Counters Ahithophel's Advice
2I will attack him while he is weak and weary; I will throw him into a panic, and all the people with him will flee; I will strike down only the king 3and bring all the people back to you as a bride returning to her husband. You seek the life of only one man; then all the people will be at peace.” 4This proposal seemed good to Absalom and all the elders of Israel.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 17:4
This proposal seemed good to Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Jeremiah 6:14
They dress the wound of My people with very little care, saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace at all.


Treasury of Scripture

And I will bring back all the people to you: the man whom you seek is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

I will bring

2 Samuel 3:21
And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.

shall be

Isaiah 48:22
There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

Isaiah 57:21
There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

1 Thessalonians 5:3
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.









(3) Bring back all the people.--This evil counsellor, with artful flattery, assumes that Absalom is the rightful king, and that the people who have gone off after David only need to be brought back to their allegiance.

Verse 3. - The man whom thou seekest is as if all returned; Hebrew, as the return of the whole is the man whom thou seekest. Both the amendments of the text and the various translations offered are innumerable, but nothing is really more satisfactory than the literal rendering of the words, virtually given us in the Authorized Version. Naturally, Ahithophel did not wish to parade David's death too openly. In his heart Absalom must have known that the safe possession of the kingdom could be assured him only by his father's death, but yet he might have shrunk from publicly avowing this, and having it talked of before his courtiers as a settled purpose. One reason why he adopted the counsel of Hushai may have been his reluctance to commit parricide: for plainly the one main purpose of Ahithophel was David's death. This thorough traitor may have seen even a tremor of alarm in Absalom's countenance when he spake out his purpose so frankly of "smiting the king only," and may have felt that, slumbering in the besom of the son, was something of that generous spirit which had made the father condemn the Amalekite to death for boasting that he had slain Saul. At all events, he was unwilling to dilate upon so ghastly a theme, and this general reference to David, as the man whom Absalom sought, without dwelling upon the subject, is in far better taste than the coarse open villainy so unreservedly expressed in ver. 2. The reading, however, of the Septuagint has many followers: "And I will bring back all the people to thee as a bride returns to her husband, excepting the life of the one man thou seekest; and for all the people there shall be peace." Ahithophel was bad enough, but scarcely so brutal as to compare to a bridal procession the sad return of David's mourning friends and companions in arms weeping round the corpse of their master murdered at the bidding of his own son.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
and bring all
כָל־ (ḵāl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the people
הָעָ֖ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

back
וְאָשִׁ֥יבָה (wə·’ā·šî·ḇāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to you.
אֵלֶ֑יךָ (’ê·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

When everyone
הַכֹּ֔ל (hak·kōl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

returns
כְּשׁ֣וּב (kə·šūḇ)
Preposition-k | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

except the man
הָאִישׁ֙ (hā·’îš)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

you
אַתָּ֣ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

seek,
מְבַקֵּ֔שׁ (mə·ḇaq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after

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

the people
הָעָ֖ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

will be
יִהְיֶ֥ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

at peace.”
שָׁלֽוֹם׃ (šā·lō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace


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