2 Samuel 17:4
New International Version
This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.

New Living Translation
This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.

English Standard Version
And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Berean Study Bible
This proposal seemed good to Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

King James Bible
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

New King James Version
And the saying pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
And the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

NASB 1995
So the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

NASB 1977
So the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Amplified Bible
So the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Christian Standard Bible
This proposal seemed right to Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This proposal seemed good to Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

American Standard Version
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the word was pleasing to the ears of Abishlum and in the eyes of all of the Elders of Israel

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the saying was right in the eyes of Abessalom, and in the eyes of all the elders of Israel.

Contemporary English Version
Absalom and all the leaders of the tribes of Israel agreed that Ahithophel had a good plan.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his saying pleased Absalom, and all the ancients of Israel.

English Revised Version
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Good News Translation
This seemed like good advice to Absalom and all the Israelite leaders.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Absalom and all the leaders of Israel approved this plan.

International Standard Version
Even though this plan seemed like a good idea to Absalom and to all of the elders of Israel,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Literal Standard Version
And the word is right in the eyes of Absalom, and in the eyes of all [the] elderly of Israel.

NET Bible
This seemed like a good idea to Absalom and to all the leaders of Israel.

New Heart English Bible
The saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

World English Bible
The saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And the thing is right in the eyes of Absalom, and in the eyes of all the elders of Israel.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Hushai Counters Ahithophel's Advice
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. 5Then Absalom said, “Summon Hushai the Archite as well, and let us hear what he too has to say.”…

Cross References
2 Samuel 17:3
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."

2 Samuel 17:5
Then Absalom said, "Summon Hushai the Archite as well, and let us hear what he too has to say."


Treasury of Scripture

And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

the saying

1 Samuel 18:20,21
And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him…

1 Samuel 23:21
And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.

Esther 5:14
Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.

2 Chronicles 30:4
And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.

Esther 1:21
And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:









Verse 4. - All the elders of Israel. Their presence seems to show that Absalom professed to act in an orderly and constitutional manner, and with the advice of those in authority. It was possibly this wish to keep up appearances which made him command Hushai to be summoned, as he was one whose advice would certainly have been asked had matters gone on in their ordinary channel. So again in vers. 14, 15, Absalom acts only with the popular consent. Very probably the royal power was gradually superseding that of the tribal authorities, and this may have made David unpopular with many of the great nobles. Absalom would thus gain many adherents by associating "elders" and "men of Israel" with him in his councils.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
This proposal
הַדָּבָ֖ר (had·dā·ḇār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

seemed
בְּעֵינֵ֣י (bə·‘ê·nê)
Preposition-b | Noun - cdc
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

good
וַיִּישַׁ֥ר (way·yî·šar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3474: To be straight, even, to be, right, pleasant, prosperous

to Absalom
אַבְשָׁלֹ֑ם (’aḇ·šā·lōm)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 53: Absalom -- 'my father is peace', two Israelites

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

the elders
זִקְנֵ֥י (ziq·nê)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2205: Old

of Israel.
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc


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