2 Samuel 2:27
New International Version
Joab answered, “As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning.”

New Living Translation
Then Joab said, “God only knows what would have happened if you hadn’t spoken, for we would have chased you all night if necessary.”

English Standard Version
And Joab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely the men would not have given up the pursuit of their brothers until the morning.”

Berean Study Bible
“As surely as God lives,” Joab replied, “if you had not spoken up, the troops would have continued pursuing their brothers until morning.”

King James Bible
And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

New King James Version
And Joab said, “As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then by morning all the people would have given up pursuing their brethren.”

New American Standard Bible
Joab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, then the people of Judah certainly would have withdrawn in the morning, each from pursuing his brother.”

NASB 1995
Joab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then the people would have gone away in the morning, each from following his brother.”

NASB 1977
And Joab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then the people would have gone away in the morning, each from following his brother.”

Amplified Bible
Joab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, then the people certainly would have stopped pursuing their brothers in the morning.”

Christian Standard Bible
“As God lives,” Joab replied, “if you had not spoken up, the troops wouldn’t have stopped pursuing their brothers until morning.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As God lives,” Joab replied, “if you had not spoken up, the troops wouldn’t have stopped pursuing their brothers until morning.”

American Standard Version
And Joab said, As God liveth, if thou hadst not spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone away, nor followed every one his brother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yuab said: “Living is LORD JEHOVAH! If you had not spoken, truly at dawn I would have saved the people, each man from going after his brother!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Joab said, As the Lord lives, if thou hadst not spoken, even from the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

Contemporary English Version
Joab shouted back, "I swear by the living God, if you hadn't spoken, my men would have chased their relatives all night!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Joab said: As the Lord liveth, if thou hadst spoke sooner, even in the morning the people should have retired from pursuing after their brethren.

English Revised Version
And Joab said, As God liveth, if thou hadst not spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone away, nor followed every one his brother.

Good News Translation
"I swear by the living God," Joab answered, "that if you had not spoken, my men would have kept on chasing you until tomorrow morning."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joab answered, "I solemnly swear, as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would not have stopped chasing their relatives until morning."

International Standard Version
Joab answered, "As God lives, if you hadn't spoken up, by morning my army would have broken off their pursuit of their own relatives."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joab said: 'As God liveth, if thou hadst not spoken, surely then only after the morning the people had gone away, every one from following his brother.'

Literal Standard Version
And Joab says, “God lives! For unless you had spoken, surely then from the morning each of the people had gone up from after his brother.”

NET Bible
Joab replied, "As surely as God lives, if you had not said this, it would have been morning before the people would have abandoned pursuit of their brothers!"

New Heart English Bible
Joab said, "As the LORD lives, if you had not spoken, surely the people would not have given up the pursuit of their brothers until the morning."

World English Bible
Joab said, "As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then in the morning the people would have gone away, and not each followed his brother."

Young's Literal Translation
And Joab saith, 'God liveth! for unless thou hadst spoken, surely then from the morning had the people gone up each from after his brother.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
War Between the Houses of David and Saul
26Then Abner called out to Joab: “Must the sword devour forever? Do you not realize that this will only end in bitterness? How long before you tell the troops to stop pursuing their brothers?” 27“As surely as God lives,” Joab replied, “if you had not spoken up, the troops would have continued pursuing their brothers until morning.” 28So Joab blew the ram’s horn, and all the troops stopped; they no longer pursued Israel or continued to fight.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 2:26
Then Abner called out to Joab: "Must the sword devour forever? Do you not realize that this will only end in bitterness? How long before you tell the troops to stop pursuing their brothers?"

2 Samuel 2:28
So Joab blew the ram's horn, and all the troops stopped; they no longer pursued Israel or continued to fight.


Treasury of Scripture

And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

2 Samuel 2:14
And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

1 Samuel 25:26
Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.

Job 27:2
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

unless

2 Samuel 2:14
And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

Proverbs 15:1
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 17:14
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

in the morning [heb] from the morning









(27) Unless thou hadst spoken.--Joab's reply to Abner admits of either of two interpretations: (1) Joab seeks to throw the whole blame of the conflict upon Abner, by saying that if he had not proposed the combat between the champions (2Samuel 2:14) there would have been no battle, but "the people" of both sides would have separated peaceably at Gibeon; or (2), as the phrase is more generally and more probably under. stood, that Joab had intended to keep up the pursuit only until the following morning, but as Abner already sued for mercy, he was content, and would stop now.

Verse 27. - Unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up; or as the Revised Version renders, had gone away, nor followed every man his brother. The Revised Version makes the sense more plain. Joab throws the whole blame, and rightly so, on Abner. David would under no circumstances have attacked Ishbosheth, and Joab with his men had marched to the tank of Gibeon simply to repel an invading force. When there, Joab, doubtless by David's orders, had remained strictly on the defensive, and so unwilling were both armies to fight, that Abner had to resort to a most cruel scene of butchery in order to inflame their passions and force them to begin a conflict of brother against brother. But for Abner's challenge, both armies would have separated as friends. And Joab still acts upon the same principle of forbearance, and gives the signal for stopping the pursuit. He was not a man of a tender heart, but he was wise and sensible, and fully aware that the slaughter of Abner and his men, even if he could have destroyed them all, would only have rankled in the minds of all Israel, and set them against David and his rule.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“As surely as God
הָֽאֱלֹהִ֔ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

lives,”
חַ֚י (ḥay)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

Joab
יוֹאָ֔ב (yō·w·’āḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3097: Joab -- 'the LORD is father', three Israelites

replied,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“if you had not
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

spoken up,
דִּבַּ֑רְתָּ (dib·bar·tā)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

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

would have continued
נַעֲלָ֣ה (na·‘ă·lāh)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

pursuing
מֵאַחֲרֵ֥י (mê·’a·ḥă·rê)
Preposition-m
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

their brothers
אָחִֽיו׃ (’ā·ḥîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 251: A brother, )

until morning.”
מֵֽהַבֹּ֙קֶר֙ (mê·hab·bō·qer)
Preposition-m, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1242: Dawn, morning


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