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2 Samuel 16:11

    2 Samuel 16:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeks my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD has bidden him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, who came forth from my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more may this Benjamite now do it ? let him alone, and let him curse; for Jehovah hath bidden him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, You see how my son, the offspring of my body, has made designs against my life: how much more then may this Benjamite do so? Let him be, and let him go on cursing; for the Lord has given him orders.

    Webster's Revision

    And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, who came forth from my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more may this Benjamite now do it ? let him alone, and let him curse; for Jehovah hath bidden him.

    World English Bible

    David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, "Behold, my son, who came forth from my bowels, seeks my life. How much more this Benjamite, now? Leave him alone, and let him curse; for Yahweh has invited him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more may this Benjamite now do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.

    Definitions for 2 Samuel 16:11

    Bowels - Inward parts; affections.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 16:11

    Let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him - No soul of man can suppose that ever God bade one man to curse another, much less that he commanded such a wretch as Shimei to curse such a man as David; but this is a peculiarity of the Hebrew language, which does not always distinguish between permission and commandment. Often the Scripture attributes to God what he only permits to be done; or what in the course of his providence he does not hinder. David, however, considers all this as being permitted of God for his chastisement and humiliation. I cannot withhold from my readers a very elegant poetic paraphrase of this passage, from the pen of the Rev. Charles Wesley, one of the first of Christian poets: -

    "Pure from the blood of Saul in vain,

    He dares not to the charge reply:

    Uriah's doth the charge maintain,

    Uriah's doth against him cry!

    Let Shimei curse: the rod he bears

    For sins which mercy had forgiven:

    And in the wrongs of man reveres

    The awful righteousness of heaven.

    Lord, I adore thy righteous will,

    Through every instrument of ill

    My Father's goodness see;

    Accept the complicated wrong

    Of Shimei's hand and Shimei's tongue

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    Wesley's Notes on 2 Samuel 16:11

    16:11 My life - Which is a greater mischief, than to reproach me with words. Benjamites - Of that tribe and family from which God hast taken away the kingdom, and given it to me. Let him - Do not now hinder him violently from it, nor punish him for it. It is meet I should bear the indignation of the Lord, and submit to his pleasure.