2 Samuel 3:33
New International Version
The king sang this lament for Abner: “Should Abner have died as the lawless die?

New Living Translation
Then the king sang this funeral song for Abner: “Should Abner have died as fools die?

English Standard Version
And the king lamented for Abner, saying, “Should Abner die as a fool dies?

Berean Study Bible
And the king sang this lament for Abner: “Should Abner die the death of a fool?

King James Bible
And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?

New King James Version
And the king sang a lament over Abner and said: “Should Abner die as a fool dies?

New American Standard Bible
And the king sang a song of mourning for Abner and said, “Should Abner die as a fool dies?

NASB 1995
The king chanted a lament for Abner and said, “Should Abner die as a fool dies?

NASB 1977
And the king chanted a lament for Abner and said, “Should Abner die as a fool dies?

Amplified Bible
And the king sang a dirge (funeral song) over Abner and said, “Should Abner [the great warrior] die as a fool dies?

Christian Standard Bible
and the king sang a lament for Abner: Should Abner die as a fool dies?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and the king sang a lament for Abner: Should Abner die as a fool dies?

American Standard Version
And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dieth?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the King made lamentation over Abnir and said: “Like the death of Nabal, Abnir died!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the king mourned over Abenner, and said, Shall Abenner die according to the death of Nabal?

Contemporary English Version
Then the king sang a funeral song about Abner: Abner, why should you have died like an outlaw?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king mourning and lamenting over Abner, said: Not as cowards are wont to die, hath Abner died.

English Revised Version
And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dieth?

Good News Translation
David sang this lament for Abner: "Why did Abner have to die like a fool?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king sang a funeral song for Abner: Should Abner die like a godless fool?

International Standard Version
The king composed this mourning song for Abner: "Should Abner's death be like a fool's?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the king lamented for Abner, and said: Should Abner die as a churl dieth?

Literal Standard Version
and the king laments for Abner and says, “Does Abner die as the death of a fool?

NET Bible
The king chanted the following lament for Abner: "Should Abner have died like a fool?

New Heart English Bible
The king lamented for Abner, and said, "Should Abner die as a fool dies?

World English Bible
The king lamented for Abner, and said, "Should Abner die as a fool dies?

Young's Literal Translation
and the king lamenteth for Abner, and saith: -- 'As the death of a fool doth Abner die?

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Mourns for Abner
32When they buried Abner in Hebron, the king wept aloud at Abner’s tomb, and all the people wept. 33And the king sang this lament for Abner: “Should Abner die the death of a fool? 34Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered. As a man falls before the wicked, so also you fell.” And all the people wept over him even more.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 1:17
Then David took up this lament for Saul and his son Jonathan,

2 Samuel 3:34
Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered. As a man falls before the wicked, so also you fell." And all the people wept over him even more.

2 Chronicles 35:25
Then Jeremiah lamented over Josiah, and to this day all the choirs of men and women sing laments over Josiah. They established them as a statute for Israel, and indeed they are written in the Book of Laments.

Ezekiel 32:16
This is the lament they will chant for her; the daughters of the nations will chant it. Over Egypt and all her multitudes they will chant it, declares the Lord GOD."


Treasury of Scripture

And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dies?

2 Samuel 13:12,13,28,29
And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly…

Proverbs 18:7
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Ecclesiastes 2:15,16
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity…









Verse 33. - The king lamented. The word is the same as that used in ch. 1:17. The word rendered "fool" is nabal (for which see 1 Samuel 25:25). The idea contained in the word is not that of mere silliness, but of worthlessness also; and thus in Psalm 14:1 we find that the nabal is also an atheist.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And the king
הַמֶּ֛לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

sang this lament
וַיְקֹנֵ֥ן (way·qō·nên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6969: To strike a, musical note, chant, wail

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

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

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

die
יָמ֥וּת (yā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

the death
הַכְּמ֥וֹת (hak·kə·mō·wṯ)
Article, Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

of a fool?
נָבָ֖ל (nā·ḇāl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5036: Foolish, senseless


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