2 Samuel 20:6
New International Version
David said to Abishai, "Now Sheba son of Bikri will do us more harm than Absalom did. Take your master's men and pursue him, or he will find fortified cities and escape from us."

New Living Translation
Then David said to Abishai, "Sheba son of Bicri is going to hurt us more than Absalom did. Quick, take my troops and chase after him before he gets into a fortified town where we can't reach him."

English Standard Version
And David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom. Take your lord’s servants and pursue him, lest he get himself to fortified cities and escape from us.”

Berean Study Bible
And David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom. Take your lord’s servants and pursue him, or he will secure fortified cities and elude us.”

New American Standard Bible
And David said to Abishai, "Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom; take your lord's servants and pursue him, so that he does not find for himself fortified cities and escape from our sight."

King James Bible
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

Christian Standard Bible
So David said to Abishai, "Sheba son of Bichri will do more harm to us than Absalom. Take your lord's soldiers and pursue him, or he will find fortified cities and elude us."

Contemporary English Version
So David said to Abishai, "Sheba will hurt us more than Absalom ever did. Take my best soldiers and go after him. We don't want him to take over any walled cities and get away from us."

Good News Translation
So the king said to Abishai, "Sheba will give us more trouble than Absalom. Take my men and go after him, or else he may occupy some fortified towns and escape from us."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So David said to Abishai, "Sheba son of Bichri will do more harm to us than Absalom. Take your lord's soldiers and pursue him, or he will find fortified cities and elude us."

International Standard Version
So David told Abishai, "Now Bichri's son Sheba is about to do more damage than did Absalom. So take my personal guards and go after them. Otherwise, he'll run to one of the fortified cities and escape from us."

NET Bible
Then David said to Abishai, "Now Sheba son of Bicri will cause greater disaster for us than Absalom did! Take your lord's servants and pursue him. Otherwise he will secure fortified cities for himself and get away from us."

New Heart English Bible
David said to Abishai, "Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom did. Take your lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get himself fortified cities, and escape out of our sight."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David then told Abishai, "Sheba, son of Bichri, will do us more harm than Absalom. Take my men and go after him, or he will find some fortified cities and take the best ones for himself."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David said to Abishai: 'Now will Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom; take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fortified cities, and escape out of our sight.'

New American Standard 1977
And David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom; take your lord’s servants and pursue him, lest he find for himself fortified cities and escape from our sight.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David said to Abishai, Now Sheba, the son of Bichri, shall do us more harm than Absalom; take thou thy lord's slaves and pursue after him lest he find fenced cities and escape us.

King James 2000 Bible
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take you your lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get himself fortified cities, and escape us.

American King James Version
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take you your lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

American Standard Version
And David said to Abishai, Now will Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fortified cities, and escape out of our sight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David said to Abisai: Now will Seba the son of Bochri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou therefore the servants of thy lord, and pursue after him, lest he find fenced cities, and escape us.

Darby Bible Translation
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom. Take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fortified cities and escape our sight.

English Revised Version
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape out of our sight.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue him, lest he get for himself fortified cities, and escape us.

World English Bible
David said to Abishai, "Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than did Absalom. Take your lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get himself fortified cities, and escape out of our sight."

Young's Literal Translation
and David saith unto Abishai, 'Now doth Sheba son of Bichri do evil to us more than Absalom; thou, take the servants of thy lord, and pursue after him, lest he have found for himself fenced cities, and delivered himself from our eye.'
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Sheba's Rebellion
5So Amasa went to summon Judah, but he took longer than the time allotted him. 6And David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom. Take your lord’s servants and pursue him, or he will secure fortified cities and elude us.” 7So Joab’s men, along with the Cherethites, the Pelethites, and all the mighty men, marched out of Jerusalem in pursuit of Sheba son of Bichri.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 11:11
Uriah answered, "The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my master Joab and his soldiers are camped in the open field. How can I go to my house to eat and drink and sleep with my wife? As surely as you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing!"

2 Samuel 21:17
But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to his aid, struck the Philistine, and killed him. Then David's men swore to him, "You must never again go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel may not be extinguished."

1 Kings 1:33
"Take my servants with you," said the king. "Set my son Solomon on my own mule and take him down to Gihon.

Jeremiah 8:14
"Why are we just sitting here? Gather together, let us flee to the fortified cities and perish there, for the LORD our God has doomed us. He has given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take you your lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

Abishai

2 Samuel 2:18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and …

2 Samuel 3:30,39 So Joab, and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain …

2 Samuel 10:9,10,14 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before …

2 Samuel 18:2,12 And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of …

2 Samuel 21:17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored him, and smote the Philistine, …

2 Samuel 23:18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among …

1 Samuel 26:6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai …

1 Chronicles 11:20 And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three: for lifting …

1 Chronicles 18:12 Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah slew of the Edomites in the valley …

do us

2 Samuel 19:7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably to your servants: …

thy lord's

2 Samuel 11:11 And Uriah said to David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in …

1 Kings 1:33 The king also said to them, Take with you the servants of your lord, …

escape us [heb] deliver himself from our eyes







Lexicon
And David
דָּוִד֙ (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

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

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Abishai,
אֲבִישַׁ֔י (’ă·ḇî·šay)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 52: Abishai -- 'my father is Jesse', an Israelite name

“Now
עַתָּ֗ה (‘at·tāh)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6258: At this time

Sheba
שֶׁ֥בַע (še·ḇa‘)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7652: Sheba -- two Israelites

the son
בֶּן־ (ben-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of Bichri
בִּכְרִ֖י (biḵ·rî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1075: Bichri -- 'youthful', a Benjamite, perhaps also his desc

will do us more harm
יֵ֧רַֽע (yê·ra‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3415: To be broken up, to fear

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

Absalom.
אַבְשָׁל֑וֹם (’aḇ·šā·lō·wm)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 53: Absalom -- 'my father is peace', two Israelites

Take
קַ֞ח (qaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

your lord’s
אֲדֹנֶ֙יךָ֙ (’ă·ḏō·ne·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 113: Sovereign, controller

servants
עַבְדֵ֤י (‘aḇ·ḏê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

and pursue him,
וּרְדֹ֣ף (ū·rə·ḏōp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

or
פֶּן־ (pen-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 6435: Removal, lest

he will secure
מָ֥צָא (mā·ṣā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

fortified
בְּצֻר֖וֹת (bə·ṣu·rō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1219: To cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

cities
עָרִ֥ים (‘ā·rîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

and elude
וְהִצִּ֥יל (wə·hiṣ·ṣîl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5337: To strip, plunder, deliver oneself, be delivered, snatch away, deliver

us.
עֵינֵֽנוּ׃ (‘ê·nê·nū)
Noun - common singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain
(6) David said to Abishai.--David is determined to pass over Joab, and, therefore, when Amasa fails in this crisis, requiring immediate action, he summons Abishai, and puts him in command of such forces as were at hand in Jerusalem, and gives him orders for the rapid pursuit of Sheba. The clause "escape us" is difficult, and doubtful in the original, and the English follows the Vulg. Others translate "pluck out our eye," i.e., do us great harm; others as the LXX., "over shadow our eye," meaning either cause us anxiety, or hide where we cannot find him.

Verse 6. - David said to Abishai. David thus gives the command to the younger brother, and we find in ver. 7 that even "Joab's men," his own special troop, were placed under Abishai's command. There seems always to have been a firm friendship between the brothers, and at first Joab acquiesces. The king was, in fact, in so grim a humour that he probably felt that he had better keep with his men, who would protect him, instead of remaining at Jerusalem, where he would be in David's power. When Amasa joined them, Abishai would have to resign to him the command; and David probably expected that, after a successful campaign, and with the aid of the men of Judah, who were rebels like himself, Amasa would be able to crush Joab. But Joab did not intend to wait for this; and immediately on meeting his rival he murders him, and assumes the command. Thy lord's servants. These are the men enumerated in ver. 7, and formed David's usual military attendants. When war broke out, they were reinforced by a levy of the people. And escape us. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. It may signify, "and withdraw himself from our eyes," which gives the sense of the Authorized Version, and is supported by the Vulgate. The Septuagint renders, "and overshadow our eyes," which might have the same meaning, but, as others think, may signify, "and cause us anxiety." Many modern commentators render, "and pluck out our eye;" that is, do us painful damage. Either this or the Authorized Version gives a good sense, and, anyhow, rapid action was necessary, or Sheba's revolt might become dangerous. 20:4-13 Joab barbarously murdered Amasa. The more plot there is in a sin, the worse it is. Joab contentedly sacrificed the interest both of the king and the kingdom to his personal revenge. But one would wonder with what face a murderer could pursue a traitor; and how, under such a load of guilt, he had courage to enter upon danger: his conscience was seared.
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