2 Samuel 18:8
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New American Standard Bible
For the battle there was spread over the whole countryside, and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

King James Bible
For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

Darby Bible Translation
And the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

World English Bible
For the battle was there spread over the surface of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

Young's Literal Translation
and the battle is there scattered over the face of all the land, and the forest multiplieth to devour among the people more than those whom the sword hath devoured in that day.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The battle was scattered - Probably Absalom's forces were far more numerous than David's; but, most likely by Joab's skillful generalship, the field of battle was such that numbers did not tell, and David's veteran troops were able to destroy Absalom's rabble in detail. The wood entangled them, and was perhaps full of pits, precipices, and morasses 2 Samuel 18:17.

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Samuel
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book[1] of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
2 Samuel 18:7
The people of Israel were defeated there before the servants of David, and the slaughter there that day was great, 20,000 men.

2 Samuel 18:9
Now Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. For Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. And his head caught fast in the oak, so he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him kept going.

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