2 Samuel 23:15
New International Version
David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”

New Living Translation
David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.”

English Standard Version
And David said longingly, “Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!”

Berean Study Bible
David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”

King James Bible
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

New King James Version
And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”

New American Standard Bible
And David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!”

NASB 1995
David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!”

NASB 1977
And David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!”

Amplified Bible
And David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”

Christian Standard Bible
David was extremely thirsty and said, “If only someone would bring me water to drink from the well at the city gate of Bethlehem! ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
David was extremely thirsty and said, “If only someone would bring me water to drink from the well at the city gate of Bethlehem!”

American Standard Version
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And David lusted and he said: “I am desiring that I would drink water from the great well that is in the city Bayth Lekhem!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And David longed, and said, Who will give me water to drink out of the well that is in Bethleem by the gate? now the band of the Philistines was then in Bethleem.

Contemporary English Version
and he was very thirsty. He said, "I wish I had a drink from the well by the gate at Bethlehem."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David longed, and said: O that some man would get me a drink of the water out of the cistern, that is in Bethlehem, by the gate.

English Revised Version
And David longed and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem which is by the gate!

Good News Translation
David grew homesick and said, "How I wish someone would bring me a drink of water from the well by the gate at Bethlehem!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When David became thirsty, he said, "I wish I could have a drink of water from the well at the city gate of Bethlehem."

International Standard Version
David expressed his longing, "Oh, how I wish someone would get me a drink of water from the Bethlehem well that's by the city gate!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David longed, and said: 'Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!'

Literal Standard Version
and David longs and says, “Who gives me a drink of the water of the well of Beth-Lehem, which [is] by the gate?”

NET Bible
David was thirsty and said, "How I wish someone would give me some water to drink from the cistern in Bethlehem near the gate!"

New Heart English Bible
And David had a craving and said, "Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate."

World English Bible
David longed, and said, "Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!"

Young's Literal Translation
and David longeth and saith, 'Who doth give me a drink of the water of the well of Beth-Lehem, which is by the gate?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
David's Mighty Men
14At that time David was in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was at Bethlehem. 15David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 16So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine camp, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the LORD,…

Cross References
1 Chronicles 11:17
David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!"

2 Samuel 23:16
So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine camp, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the LORD,


Treasury of Scripture

And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

longed

Numbers 11:4,5
And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? …

Psalm 42:1,2
To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God…

Psalm 63:1
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

John 4:14
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.









(15) The well of Bethlehem.--There are now no wells of living water at Bethlehem itself, the town being supplied by an aqueduct. Robinson could find none in the neighbourhood, and was assured that none existed (Bib. R. ii. 157-163); but Ritter (Geog. of Pal. iii. 340) says that a little north of the town "is" David's well, "with its deep shaft and its clear cool water."

Verse 15. - The well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate. Bethlehem is now supplied with water by an aqueduct, and the wells close to the town have ceased to exist. The cistern of "deep, clear, cool water," descsribed by Ritter, in his 'Geography of Palestine,' and now called David's Well, is three quarters of a mile to the north of Bethlehem, and too distant to be that which David meant.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

longed [for water]
וַיִּתְאַוֶּ֥ה (way·yiṯ·’aw·weh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 183: To incline, desire

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

“Oh, that someone
מִ֚י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

would get me a drink
יַשְׁקֵ֣נִי (yaš·qê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 8248: To quaff, to irrigate, furnish a, potion to

of water
מַ֔יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

from the well
מִבֹּ֥אר (mib·bōr)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 877: A cistern, pit, well

near the gate
בַּשָּֽׁעַר׃ (baš·šā·‘ar)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8179: An opening, door, gate

of Bethlehem!”
לֶ֖חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1035: Bethlehem -- 'place of bread', a city in Judah, also a city in Zebulun


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