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2 Samuel 15:1

    2 Samuel 15:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now after this, Absalom got for himself a carriage and horses, and fifty runners to go before him.

    Webster's Revision

    And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    World English Bible

    It happened after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 15:1

    Absalom prepared him chariots and horses - After all that has been said to prove that horses here mean horsemen, I think it most likely that the writer would have us to understand chariots drawn by horses; not by mules or such like cattle.

    Fifty men to run before him - Affecting in every respect the regal state by this establishment. Of this man Calmet collects the following character: "He was a bold, violent, revengeful, haughty, enterprising, magnificent, eloquent, and popular prince; he was also rich, ambitious, and vain of his personal accomplishments: after the death of Amnon, and his reconciliation to his father, he saw no hindrance in his way to the throne. He despised Solomon because of the meanness of his birth, and his tender years. He was himself of the blood royal, not only by his father David, but also by his mother Maacah, daughter to Talmai, king of Geshur: and, doubtless, in his own apprehension, of sufficient age, authority, and wisdom, to sustain the weight of government. There was properly now no competitor in his way: Amnon, David's first-born, was dead. Of Chileab, his second son by Abigail, we hear nothing; and Absalom was the third: see 2 Samuel 3:2-5. He, therefore, seemed to stand nearest to the throne; but his sin was, that he sought it during his father's life, and endeavored to dethrone him in order to sit in his stead.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 15:1

    And it came to pass ... - The working out of Nathan's prophecy (marginal reference) is the clue to the course of the narrative. How long after Absalom's return these events occurred we are not told.