2 Samuel 11:7
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English Standard Version
When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab was doing and how the people were doing and how the war was going.

King James Bible
And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.

American Standard Version
And when Uriah was come unto him, David asked of him how Joab did, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Urias came to David. And David asked how Joab did, and the people, and how the war was carried on.

English Revised Version
And when Uriah was come unto him, David asked of him how Joab did, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when Uriah had come to him, David inquired of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Cf. 1 Chronicles 20:1). Siege of Rabbah. - "And it came to pass at the return of the year, at the time when the kings marched out, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah: but David remained in Jerusalem." This verse is connected with 2 Samuel 10:14, where it was stated that after Joab had put to flight the Aramaeans who came to the help of the Ammonites, and when the Ammonites also had fallen back before Abishai in consequence of this victory, and retreated into their fortified capital, Joab himself returned to Jerusalem. He remained there during the winter or rainy season, in which it was impossible that war should be carried on. At the return of the year, i.e., at the commencement of spring, with which the new years began in the month Abib (Nisan), the time when kings who were engaged in war were accustomed to open their campaign, David sent Joab his commander-in-chief with the whole of the Israelitish forces to attack the Ammonites once more, for the purpose of chastising them and conquering their capital. The Chethibh המּלאכים should be changed into המּלכים, according to the Keri and the text of the Chronicles. The א interpolated is a perfectly superfluous mater lectionis, and probably crept into the text from a simple oversight. The "servants" of David with Joab were not the men performing military service, or soldiers, (in which case "all Israel" could only signify the people called out to war in extraordinary circumstances), but the king's military officers, the military commanders; and "all Israel," the whole of the military forces of Israel. Instead of "the children of Ammon" we find "the country of the children of Ammon," which explains the meaning more fully. But there was no necessity to insert ארץ (the land or country), as השׁחית is applied to men in other passages in the sense of "cast to the ground," or destroy (e.g., 1 Samuel 26:15). Rabbah was the capital of Ammonitis (as in Joshua 13:25): the fuller name was Rabbath of the children of Ammon. It has been preserved in the ruins which still exist under the ancient name of Rabbat-Ammn, on the Nahr Ammn, i.e., the upper Jabbok (see at Deuteronomy 3:11). The last clause, "but David sat (remained) in Jerusalem," leads on to the account which follows of David's adultery with Bathsheba (vv. 2-27 and 2 Samuel 12:1-25), which took place at that time, and is therefore inserted here, so that the conquest of Rabbah is not related till afterwards (2 Samuel 12:26-31).

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how Joab did. [heb] of the peace of Joab

Genesis 29:6 And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep.

Genesis 37:14 And he said to him, Go, I pray you, see whether it be well with your brothers, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again...

1 Samuel 17:22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brothers.

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Genesis 37:14
So he said to him, "Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word." So he sent him from the Valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

Exodus 18:7
Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. And they asked each other of their welfare and went into the tent.

1 Samuel 17:22
And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage and ran to the ranks and went and greeted his brothers.

2 Samuel 11:6
So David sent word to Joab, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent Uriah to David.

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