2 Samuel 18:13
New International Version
And if I had put my life in jeopardy —and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.”

New Living Translation
And if I had betrayed the king by killing his son—and the king would certainly find out who did it—you yourself would be the first to abandon me.”

English Standard Version
On the other hand, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof.”

Berean Study Bible
If I had jeopardized my own life—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have abandoned me.”

King James Bible
Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.

New King James Version
Otherwise I would have dealt falsely against my own life. For there is nothing hidden from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.

New American Standard Bible
Otherwise, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have avoided me.

NASB 1995
“Otherwise, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof.”

NASB 1977
“Otherwise, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof.”

Amplified Bible
Otherwise, if I had acted treacherously against his life (for nothing is hidden from the king) you yourself would have taken sides against me.”

Christian Standard Bible
If I had jeopardized my own life—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have abandoned me.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I had jeopardized my own life—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have abandoned me.”

American Standard Version
Otherwise if I had dealt falsely against his life (and there is no matter hid from the king), then thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me .

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I had done it by myself, I would have been guilty, and nothing is hidden from the King, and you would have been standing at the opposition!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
so as to do no harm to his life: and nothing of the matter will be concealed from the king, and thou wilt set thyself against me.

Contemporary English Version
He always finds out what's going on. I would have been risking my life to kill Absalom, because you would have let me take the blame."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea and if I should have acted boldly against my own life, this could not have been hid from the king, and wouldst thou have stood by me?

English Revised Version
Otherwise if I had dealt falsely against his life, (and there is no matter hid from the king,) then thou thyself wouldest have stood aloof.

Good News Translation
But if I had disobeyed the king and killed Absalom, the king would have heard about it--he hears about everything--and you would not have defended me."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I had done something treacherous to him, would you have stood by me? Like everything else, it wouldn't stay hidden from the king."

International Standard Version
If I had taken his life, the king would have uncovered everything about it, and you would never have protected me!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Otherwise if I had dealt falsely against mine own life--and there is no matter hid from the king--then thou thyself wouldest have stood aloof.'

Literal Standard Version
or I had done a vain thing against my soul, and no matter is hid from the king, and you would station yourself opposite from [me].”

NET Bible
If I had acted at risk of my own life--and nothing is hidden from the king!--you would have abandoned me."

New Heart English Bible
Otherwise if I had dealt falsely against his life (and there is no matter hidden from the king), then you yourself would have set yourself against me."

World English Bible
Otherwise if I had dealt falsely against his life (and there is no matter hidden from the king), then you yourself would have set yourself against me."

Young's Literal Translation
or I had done against my soul a vain thing, and no matter is hid from the king, and thou -- thou dost station thyself over-against.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Absalom Killed
12The man replied, “Even if a thousand shekels of silver were weighed out into my hands, I would not raise my hand against the son of the king. For we heard the king command you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.’ 13If I had jeopardized my own life— and nothing is hidden from the king— you would have abandoned me.” 14But Joab declared, “I am not going to wait like this with you!” And he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom while he was still alive in the oak tree.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 14:19
So the king asked, "Is the hand of Joab behind all this?" The woman answered, "As surely as you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything that my lord the king says. Yes, your servant Joab is the one who gave me orders; he told your maidservant exactly what to say.

2 Samuel 14:20
Joab your servant has done this to bring about this change of affairs, but my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that happens in the land."


Treasury of Scripture

Otherwise I should have worked falsehood against my own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.

sought

2 Samuel 1:15,16
And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died…

2 Samuel 4:10-12
When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings: …

for there is no

2 Samuel 14:19,20
And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid: …

Hebrews 4:13
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.









(13) Against mine own life.--The English, like the Vulg., here follows the margin of the Hebrew; the LXX., in most MSS., following the text, has against his life. Either makes a good sense, but the English is preferable. In this parley Joab thoroughly exposes his unscrupulous and self-willed character, and the man shows that he understood it.

Verse 13. - Against mine own life. Again the K'tib is better: "Or had I wrought perfidiously against his life - and nothing is hidden from the king - so wouldst thou have set thyself against me." Not only was the man faithful to the king, but he was perfectly aware of Joab's unscrupulous character. If only Absalom were put out of the way, Joab would have readily consented to the execution of the unimportant person who had been the means of gratifying his wish.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If
אֽוֹ־ (’ōw-)
Conjunction
Strong's 176: Desire, if

I had jeopardized
עָשִׂ֤יתִי (‘ā·śî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

my own life—
בְנַפְשִׁי֙ (ḇə·nap̄·šî)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

and nothing
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

is hidden
יִכָּחֵ֣ד (yik·kā·ḥêḏ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3582: To secrete, by act, word, to destroy

from
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

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

you
וְאַתָּ֖ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

would have abandoned
תִּתְיַצֵּ֥ב (tiṯ·yaṣ·ṣêḇ)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3320: To set or station oneself, take one's stand

me.”
מִנֶּֽגֶד׃ (min·ne·ḡeḏ)
Preposition-m
Strong's 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before


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