ContextDavid Is Grief-stricken
19Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, Please let me run and bring the king news that the LORD has freed him from the hand of his enemies. 20But Joab said to him, You are not the man to carry news this day, but you shall carry news another day; however, you shall carry no news today because the kings son is dead. 21Then Joab said to the Cushite, Go, tell the king what you have seen. So the Cushite bowed to Joab and ran. 22Now Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said once more to Joab, But whatever happens, please let me also run after the Cushite. And Joab said, Why would you run, my son, since you will have no reward for going? 23But whatever happens, he said, I will run. So he said to him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain and passed up the Cushite.
24Now David was sitting between the two gates; and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate by the wall, and raised his eyes and looked, and behold, a man running by himself. 25The watchman called and told the king. And the king said, If he is by himself there is good news in his mouth. And he came nearer and nearer. 26Then the watchman saw another man running; and the watchman called to the gatekeeper and said, Behold, another man running by himself. And the king said, This one also is bringing good news. 27The watchman said, I think the running of the first one is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, This is a good man and comes with good news.
28Ahimaaz called and said to the king, All is well. And he prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. And he said, Blessed is the LORD your God, who has delivered up the men who lifted their hands against my lord the king. 29The king said, Is it well with the young man Absalom? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the kings servant, and your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I did not know what it was. 30Then the king said, Turn aside and stand here. So he turned aside and stood still.
31Behold, the Cushite arrived, and the Cushite said, Let my lord the king receive good news, for the LORD has freed you this day from the hand of all those who rose up against you. 32Then the king said to the Cushite, Is it well with the young man Absalom? And the Cushite answered, Let the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be as that young man!
33The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that Jehovah hath avenged him of his enemies.
And Achimaas the son of Sadoc said: I will run and tell the king, that the Lord hath done judgment for him from the hand of his enemies.
Darby Bible Translation
And Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, Let me run, I pray, and carry the king the news that Jehovah has avenged him of his enemies.
English Revised Version
Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.
Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and inform the king, how the LORD hath avenged himself of his enemies.
World English Bible
Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Let me now run, and bear the king news, how that Yahweh has avenged him of his enemies."
Young's Literal Translation
And Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, 'Let me run, I pray thee, and I bear the king tidings, for Jehovah hath delivered him out of the hand of his enemies;'
LibraryThe Wail of a Broken Heart
'Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale; for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance; and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's Place. 19. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies. 20. And Joab said unto him. Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day; but …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Church and the Young Man.
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