New Living Translation
So they set up a tent on the palace roof where everyone could see it, and Absalom went in and had sex with his father's concubines.
King James Bible
So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
So they spread a tent for Absalom upon the roof; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.
World English Bible
So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
And they spread out for Absalom the tent on the roof, and Absalom goeth in unto the concubines of his father before the eyes of all Israel.
2 Samuel 16:22 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
16:22 The top - Of the king's palace, the very place from whence David had gazed upon Bathsheba, chap.11:2, so that his sin was legible in the very place of his punishment. Went in - To one, or some of them. And by so doing did farther make claim to the kingdom; and, as it were, take possession of it. It being usual in the eastern countries to account the wives and concubines of the late king, to belong of right to the successor. Israel - Who saw him go into the tent; and thence concluded, that he lay with them, as he had designed to do. God had threatened by Nathan, that for his defiling Bathsheba, David's own wives should be defiled in the face of the sun. This is now fulfilled: the Lord is righteous; and no word of his shall fall to the ground.
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. T hat which often passes amongst men for resolution, and the proof of a noble, courageous spirit, is, in reality, the effect of a weak and little mind. At least, it is chiefly owing to the presence of certain circumstances, which have a greater influence upon the conduct, than any inherent principle. Thus may persons who appear to set death and danger at defiance in the hour …
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1
Meditations for one that is Like to Die.
No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
2 Samuel 12:11
"This is what the LORD says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view.
2 Samuel 12:12
You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel."
2 Samuel 15:16
So the king and all his household set out at once. He left no one behind except ten of his concubines to look after the palace.
2 Samuel 20:3
When David came to his palace in Jerusalem, he took the ten concubines he had left to look after the palace and placed them in seclusion. Their needs were provided for, but he no longer slept with them. So each of them lived like a widow until she died.
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