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2 Samuel 18:14

    2 Samuel 18:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with you. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the middle of the oak.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Joab said, I would have made it safe for you. And he took three spears in his hand, and put them through Absalom's heart, while he was still living, in the branches of the tree.

    Webster's Revision

    Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

    World English Bible

    Then Joab said, "I'm not going to wait like this with you." He took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:14

    I may not tarry thus with thee - He had nothing to say in vindication of the purpose he had formed.

    Thrust them through the heart of Absalom - He was determined to make sure work, and therefore he pierced his heart.

    Joab should have obeyed the king's commandment: and yet the safety of the state required the sacrifice of Absalom. But independently of this, his life was quadruply forfeited to the law: -

    1. In having murdered his brother Amnon.

    2. In having excited an insurrection in the state.

    3. In having taken up arms against his own father, Deuteronomy 21:18, Deuteronomy 21:21.

    4. In having lain with his father's concubines, Leviticus 18:29.

    Long ago he should have died by the hand of justice; and now all his crimes are visited on him in his last act of rebellion. Yet, in the present circumstances, Joab's act was base and disloyal, and a cowardly murder.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 18:14

    I may not tarry ... - i. e., lose time in such discourse.