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2 Samuel 11:20

    2 Samuel 11:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say to you, Why approached you so near to the city when you did fight? knew you not that they would shoot from the wall?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    it shall be that, if the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore went ye so nigh unto the city to fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If the king is angry and says, Why did you go so near the town for the fight? was it not certain that their archers would be on the wall?

    Webster's Revision

    it shall be that, if the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore went ye so nigh unto the city to fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?

    World English Bible

    it shall be that, if the king's wrath arise, and he asks you, 'Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Didn't you know that they would shoot from the wall?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    it shall be that, if the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore went ye so nigh unto the city to fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?

    Definitions for 2 Samuel 11:20

    Nigh - Near.
    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 11:20

    If - the king's wrath arise - It is likely that Joab had by some indiscretion suffered loss about this time;; and he contrived to get rid of the odium by connecting the transaction with the death of Uriah, which he knew would be so pleasing to the king.