2 Samuel 18:8
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New International Version
The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword.

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The wood devoured more people - It is generally supposed that, when the army was broken, they betook themselves to the wood, fell into pits, swamps, etc., and, being entangled, were hewn down by David's men; but the Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic, state that they were devoured by wild beasts in the wood.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

in the wood That is, probably, many more were slain in pursuit through the wood than in the battle, by falling into swamps, pits, etc., and being entangled and cut down by David's men. Such is the relation of Josephus; but the Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic state, that they were {devoured by wild beasts} in the wood.

Exodus 15:10 You did blow with your wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

Joshua 10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron...

Judges 5:20,21 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera...

1 Kings 20:30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell on twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left...

Psalm 3:7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for you have smitten all my enemies on the cheek bone; you have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

devoured more [heb] multiplied to devour

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The 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

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2 Samuel 18:7
There Israel's troops were routed by David's men, and the casualties that day were great--twenty thousand men.

2 Samuel 18:9
Now Absalom happened to meet David's men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.

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