2 Samuel 2:19
New International Version
He chased Abner, turning neither to the right nor to the left as he pursued him.

New Living Translation
and he began chasing Abner. He pursued him relentlessly, not stopping for anything.

English Standard Version
And Asahel pursued Abner, and as he went, he turned neither to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

Berean Study Bible
and he chased Abner, not turning to the right or to the left in his pursuit.

New American Standard Bible
Asahel pursued Abner and did not turn to the right or to the left from following Abner.

King James Bible
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

Christian Standard Bible
He chased Abner and did not turn to the right or the left in his pursuit of him.

Contemporary English Version
and he ran straight after Abner, without looking to the right or to the left.

Good News Translation
started chasing Abner, running straight for him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He chased Abner and did not turn to the right or the left in his pursuit of him.

International Standard Version
So Asahel ran straight after Abner, following him.

NET Bible
Asahel chased Abner, without turning to the right or to the left as he followed Abner.

New Heart English Bible
Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he did not turn to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He chased Abner and refused to leave him alone.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

New American Standard 1977
And Asahel pursued Abner and did not turn to the right or to the left from following Abner.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Asahel pursued after Abner, and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

King James 2000 Bible
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

American King James Version
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

American Standard Version
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Asael followed after Abenner, and turned not to go to the right hand or to the left from following Abenner.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Asael pursued after Abner, and turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

Darby Bible Translation
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from behind Abner.

English Revised Version
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

World English Bible
Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he didn't turn to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

Young's Literal Translation
And Asahel pursueth after Abner, and hath not turned aside to go to the right or to the left, from after Abner.
Study Bible
War Between the Houses of David and Saul
18The three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel was fleet of foot like a wild gazelle, 19and he chased Abner, not turning to the right or to the left in his pursuit. 20And Abner glanced back and said, “Is that you, Asahel?” “It is,” Asahel replied.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 2:18
The three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel was fleet of foot like a wild gazelle,

2 Samuel 2:20
And Abner glanced back and said, "Is that you, Asahel?" "It is," Asahel replied.

Treasury of Scripture

And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

turned

2 Samuel 2:21
And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.

Joshua 1:7
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

Joshua 23:6
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;

following Abner [heb] after Abner







Lexicon
and he
עֲשָׂהאֵ֖ל (‘ă·śā·h·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6214: Asahel -- 'God has made', four Israelites

chased
וַיִּרְדֹּ֥ף (way·yir·dōp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

Abner,
אַבְנֵ֑ר (’aḇ·nêr)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 74: Abner -- 'my father is a lamp', an Israelite name

not
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

turning
נָטָ֣ה (nā·ṭāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

to the right
הַיָּמִין֙ (hay·yā·mîn)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3225: The right hand, side, the south

or to the left
הַשְּׂמֹ֔אול (haś·śə·mō·wl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8040: Dark, the north, the left hand

in his pursuit.
אַבְנֵֽר׃ (’aḇ·nêr)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 74: Abner -- 'my father is a lamp', an Israelite name
(19) Asahel pursued after Abner.--Asahel, the youngest of the three nephews of David, took part in the battle with his elder brothers, and well knowing how completely the cause of Ish-bosheth depended upon Abner, pertinaciously sought him out in the pursuit. His great fleetness enabled him to overtake Abner and, coming behind him, endanger his life. Abner was unwilling to injure him, and only after remonstrating with him, and urging him to seek the spoil of some warrior more nearly his equal (2Samuel 2:20-22), did he unwillingly slay him "with the hinder end of his spear." The spears were sharpened at the "hinder end" for the purpose of sticking them into the ground (1Samuel 26:7). Abner's reluctance to kill Asahel may have been partly on account of his extreme youth, but was chiefly through dread of the vengeance of Joab (2Samuel 2:22). "The fifth rib" here, and wherever else it occurs (2Samuel 3:27; 2Samuel 4:6; 2Samuel 20:10), should be translated abdomen.

Verse 19. - Asahel pursued after Abner. This episode is fully narrated, both because of Asahel's rank as David's nephew, and also because of its tragical consequences to Abner himself. Asahel was a son of Zeruiah, David's sister, and, while his own brothers were of little use to him, his nephews, Joab, Abishai, and Asahel, were the mainstays of David's throne. As their father's name is never mentioned, but only the mother's, Zeruiah was probably a woman of great ability, and her sons inherited it from her. Possibly she had married beneath her station, or her husband had died early; but certainly her sons, thinking more of her than of their father, had soon thrown in their lot with David her brother (but see note on ver. 32). The youngest of the three, Asahel, was remarkable for his personal accomplishments, and especially for swiftness of foot, for which he was compared to the Zebi, the camp name of Jonathan (2 Samuel 1:19). It now caused his death. For conscious that Abner was the sole support of Ishbosheth's party, and indignant at his challenge to useless slaughter, he pursued after him, allowing nothing to divert him from his object, and hoping to end the war by slaying the veteran commander. But though he had the fleetness of an Achilles, he had not his robust strength, and Abner, knowing that the combat was unequal, remonstrated with him, and bade him turn aside, and be content with winning the spoils of some meaner warrior. It is evident from this that Abner saw in this defeat in a battle of his own choosing, the certainty of the near downfall of the house of Saul, and, as he would then be in Joab's power, he was unwilling to have a blood feud with a man of such determined character. "How," he asks, "should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?" It would be his duty, as the avenger of blood, to slay me. Apparently, during this conference, he was standing with the butt end of his lance held towards Asahel, to ward off his blows, but, as the spearhead was turned the other way, Asahel forgot that even so it might be used for offence. For it was pointed, that it might be stuck in the ground at night (1 Samuel 26:7), and possibly shod with iron, though it is more likely that it was only hardened by being thrust into the fire. So when he saw that his words had no avail, and that Asahel was not on his guard, he suddenly struck him with it so violent a blow that it pierced his body right through, and Asahel fell down dead. It is probable, from the merciless force used, that there was a sudden outburst of anger on Abner's part. 2:18-24 Death often comes by ways we least suspect. We are often betrayed by the accomplishments we are proud of! Asahel's swiftness, which he presumed so much upon, did him no service, but hastened his end.
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