2 Samuel 3:6
New International Version
During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had been strengthening his own position in the house of Saul.

New Living Translation
As the war between the house of Saul and the house of David went on, Abner became a powerful leader among those loyal to Saul.

English Standard Version
While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.

Berean Study Bible
During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had continued to strengthen his position in the house of Saul.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.

New King James Version
Now it was so, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner was strengthening his hold on the house of Saul.

New American Standard Bible
Now it happened that while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was strengthening himself in the house of Saul.

NASB 1995
It came about while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David that Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.

NASB 1977
And it came about while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David that Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.

Amplified Bible
Now while war continued between the houses of Saul and David, Abner was proving himself strong in the house of Saul.

Christian Standard Bible
During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner kept acquiring more power in the house of Saul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner kept acquiring more power in the house of Saul.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong in the house of Saul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it happened that when there was war between the house of Shaul and the house of David, and Abnir was strong with those of the household of Shaul

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And it came to pass while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abenner was governing the house of Saul.

Contemporary English Version
As the war went on between the families of David and Saul, Abner was gaining more power than ever in Saul's family.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner the son of Ner ruled the house of Saul.

English Revised Version
And it come to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong in the house of Saul.

Good News Translation
As the fighting continued between David's forces and the forces loyal to Saul's family, Abner became more and more powerful among Saul's followers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
During the war between the families of Saul and David, Abner strengthened his position in Saul's royal family.

International Standard Version
While war continued between the dynasties of Saul and David, Abner was growing in influence within the dynasty of Saul.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner showed himself strong in the house of Saul.

Literal Standard Version
And it comes to pass, in the war being between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner has been strengthening himself in the house of Saul,

NET Bible
As the war continued between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was becoming more influential in the house of Saul.

New Heart English Bible
It happened, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong in the house of Saul.

World English Bible
It happened, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong in the house of Saul.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, in the war being between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner hath been strengthening himself in the house of Saul,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Abner Joins David
6During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had continued to strengthen his position in the house of Saul. 7Meanwhile, Saul had a concubine named Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. So Ish-bosheth questioned Abner, “Why did you sleep with my father’s concubine?”…

Cross References
2 Samuel 2:8
Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul's army, took Saul's son Ish-bosheth, moved him to Mahanaim,

2 Samuel 2:9
and made him king over Gilead, Asher, Jezreel, Ephraim, and Benjamin--over all Israel.

2 Samuel 3:5
and his sixth was Ithream, by David's wife Eglah. These sons were born to David in Hebron.


Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.

Abner

2 Samuel 2:8,9
But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; …

2 Kings 10:23
And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.

2 Chronicles 25:8
But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.









(6) Abner made himself strong.--It has already been noticed that the fortunes of the house of Saul depended entirely upon Abner, but the fact of Ish-bosheth's great obligation to him is again mentioned here in explanation of the following story.

Verse 6. - Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul. The Hebrew really means that until this miserable quarrel about Rizpah, Abner had been the mainstay of Ishbosheth's throne and dynasty. She is proved to have been a noble woman, with a warm and devoted heart, by the narrative in 2 Samuel 21:8-11. But the harem of a deceased king was looked upon as the special inheritance of his successor; and Absalom, by taking David's concubines (2 Samuel 16:21, 22), treated his father as a dead man, and committed so overt an act of treason as made reconciliation impossible. So Solomon put his brother Adonijah to death for asking Abishag to wife (1 Kings 2:23-25). Still, as Bathsheba there saw no impropriety in Adonijah's request, and as Solomon deposed Abiathar and put Joab to death for complicity, as we must conclude, in Adonijah's request, it was probably part of some scheme of conspiracy, and that, if granted, it would have been used by Adonijah as a proof that the kingdom really was his. Here there was no plot, and as Rizpah had probably always lived apart from Ishbosheth, Abner may have expected that the king would see no difficulty in the matter.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now during
וַיְהִ֗י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

the war
הַמִּלְחָמָ֔ה (ham·mil·ḥā·māh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4421: A battle, war

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

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

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

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

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

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

had continued to strengthen [his position]
מִתְחַזֵּ֖ק (miṯ·ḥaz·zêq)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

in the house
בְּבֵ֥ית (bə·ḇêṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

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


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