2 Samuel 3:1
New International Version
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

New Living Translation
That was the beginning of a long war between those who were loyal to Saul and those loyal to David. As time passed David became stronger and stronger, while Saul's dynasty became weaker and weaker.

English Standard Version
There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.

Berean Study Bible
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David was protracted. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

New American Standard Bible
Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually.

King James Bible
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

Christian Standard Bible
During the long war between the house of Saul and the house of David, David was growing stronger and the house of Saul was becoming weaker.

Contemporary English Version
This battle was the beginning of a long war between the followers of Saul and the followers of David. Saul's power grew weaker, but David's grew stronger.

Good News Translation
The fighting between the forces supporting Saul's family and those supporting David went on for a long time. As David became stronger and stronger, his opponents became weaker and weaker.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David was long and drawn out, with David growing stronger and the house of Saul becoming weaker.

International Standard Version
After this, a state of protracted war existed between Saul's dynasty and David's dynasty, and the dynasty of David continued to grow and become strong while the dynasty of Saul continued to grow weaker.

NET Bible
However, the war was prolonged between the house of Saul and the house of David. David was becoming steadily stronger, while the house of Saul was becoming increasingly weaker.

New Heart English Bible
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: and David grew stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As the war between the royal families of Saul and David dragged on, David's family became stronger and stronger, and Saul's family became weaker and weaker.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David waxed stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

New American Standard 1977
Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David, but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

King James 2000 Bible
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

American King James Version
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

American Standard Version
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: and David waxed stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: David prospering and growing always stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul decaying daily.

Darby Bible Translation
And the war was long between the house of Saul and the house of David; but David became continually stronger, and the house of Saul became continually weaker.

English Revised Version
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: and David waxed stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.

World English Bible
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: and David grew stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

Young's Literal Translation
And the war is long between the house of Saul and the house of David, and David is going on and is strong, and the house of Saul are going on and are weak.
Study Bible
The House of David Strengthened
1The war between the house of Saul and the house of David was protracted. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. 2And sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam of Jezreel;…
Cross References
2 Samuel 2:17
The battle that day was intense, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the servants of David.

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

2 Samuel 5:10
And David became greater and greater, for the LORD God of Hosts was with him.

2 Samuel 22:44
You have delivered me from the strife of my people; You have preserved me as the head of nations; a people I had not known shall serve me.

1 Kings 14:30
There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam throughout their days.

1 Chronicles 11:9
And David became greater and greater, for the LORD of Hosts was with him.

Esther 9:4
For Mordecai exercised great power in the palace, and his fame spread throughout the provinces as he became more and more powerful.

Psalm 18:43
You have delivered me from the strife of the people; You have made me the head of nations; a people I had not known shall serve me.

Psalm 46:9
He makes wars to cease throughout the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields in the fire.

Treasury of Scripture

Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

long war

1 Kings 14:30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.

1 Kings 15:16,32 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days…

between

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

Psalm 45:3-5 Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and …

Matthew 10:35,36 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the …

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the …

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …

David waxed

2 Samuel 2:17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, …

Esther 6:13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that …

Job 8:7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God.

Proverbs 4:18,19 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Daniel 2:34,35,44,45 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote …

Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a …







Lexicon
The war
הַמִּלְחָמָה֙ (ham·mil·ḥā·māh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4421: A battle, war

between
בֵּ֚ין (bên)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 996: An interval, space between

the house
בֵּ֣ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of Saul
שָׁא֔וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

and the house
בֵּ֣ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

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

was
וַתְּהִ֤י (wat·tə·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

protracted.
אֲרֻכָּ֔ה (’ă·ruk·kāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 752: Long

And David
וְדָוִד֙ (wə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

grew [stronger]
הֹלֵ֣ךְ (hō·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

and stronger,
וְחָזֵ֔ק (wə·ḥā·zêq)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2390: Wax louder, stronger

while the house
וּבֵ֥ית (ū·ḇêṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of Saul
שָׁא֖וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

grew [weaker]
הֹלְכִ֥ים (hō·lə·ḵîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

and weaker.
וְדַלִּֽים׃ (wə·ḏal·lîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1800: Dangling, weak, thin
(1) There was long war.--Not actual fighting of pitched battles, but a state of hostility, in which Ish-bosheth and David each claimed the allegiance of the whole nation, and this continued until the death of Ish-bosheth. During this time Ish-bosheth was too weak to carry on actual war, and David was content to abide the fulfilment of the promises of the Lord in His own good time.

Waxed stronger.--Time was working in David's favour, partly, doubtless, on account of Ish-bosheth's manifest incompetence, partly from a growing appreciation of the character and prowess of David, and a fuller realisation that he was the divinely appointed sovereign. In 1Chronicles 12:19-22 there is an account of an important accession to David from the tribe of Manasseh on the eve of Saul's last battle, and a further mention of continued accessions to him "day by day." As the necessary result of this constant transference of strength to David, "the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker."

Verse 1. - There was long war. As Ishbosheth reigned only two years, and as "the house of Saul" is the phrase used, it seems probable that after Ishbosheth's murder, during the five years before David's election to the throne of all Israel, the house of Saul had some puppet representative at Mahanaim, and some commander in Abner's place. But after the death of this able man matters would go from bad to worse, and, though David probably remained on the defensive, yet the contrast between the peace and good government of Judah and the misery in Israel made all the tribes wish to put an end to a harassing civil war. It is plain, too, that the Philistines, repelled at first by Abner's skill, had again gained the ascendant, and regarded themselves so completely as the rulers of the country, that they resented immediately with summary violence the bold act of the northern tribes in choosing David to be their common king. 3:1-6 The length of this war tried the faith and patience of David, and made his settlement at last the more welcome. The contest between grace and corruption in the hearts of believers, may fitly be compared to this warfare. There is a long war between them, the flesh lusting against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; but as the work of holiness is carried on, corruption, like the house of Saul, grows weaker and weaker; while grace, like the house of David, grows stronger and stronger.
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