2 Samuel 18:13
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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.”

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 stood aloof."

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.

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

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."

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

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

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."

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.'

New American Standard 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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Otherwise, I should have wrought falsehood against my own soul (for there is no matter hid from the king), and thou thyself would have set thyself against me.

King James 2000 Bible
Otherwise I should have dealt falsely against my own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.

American King James Version
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.

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 .

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?

Darby Bible Translation
Or I should have acted falsely against mine own life, for there is no matter concealed from the king, and thou wouldest have set thyself against [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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against my own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldst have set thyself 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.'
Study Bible
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 king’s son. 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 …

2 Samuel 4:10-12 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have …

for there is no

2 Samuel 14:19,20 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with you in all this? …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…







(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. Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life,.... Or "soul"; he should not only have exposed his life to danger, but acted falsely to the king, by going contrary to his orders; yea, would have done that which was contrary to his own conscience; and if he had buoyed himself up with the hope of impunity, or of a reward, he should have found himself mistaken; the textual reading is, "against his life" (l), or "soul", the life of Absalom, by taking it away:

for there is no matter hid from the king; this, though done ever so secretly, would have come to his knowledge by some means or another, and then I should have incurred his displeasure, and suffered for it:

and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me; to accuse and bring him to justice; he would have been so far from protecting him, that he would have been the first man that would have insisted on it that he should be punished for it; or why dost not thou thyself set thyself against him, and smite him? thou mayest if thou pleasest, yonder he hangs, go and smite him.

(l) , Sept. "contra animam illius", Piscator. 18:9-18 Let young people look upon Absalom, hanging on a tree, accursed, forsaken of heaven and earth; there let them read the Lord's abhorrence of rebellion against parents. Nothing can preserve men from misery and contempt, but heavenly wisdom and the grace of God.
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