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2 Samuel 18:8

    2 Samuel 18:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For the battle was there spread over the face of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the fighting went on over all the face of the country: and the woods were responsible for more deaths than the sword.

    Webster's Revision

    For the battle was there spread over the face of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

    World English Bible

    For the battle was there spread over the surface of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the battle was there spread over the face of all the country: and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:8

    The wood devoured more people - It is generally supposed that, when the army was broken, they betook themselves to the wood, fell into pits, swamps, etc., and, being entangled, were hewn down by David's men; but the Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic, state that they were devoured by wild beasts in the wood.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 18:8

    The battle was scattered - Probably Absalom's forces were far more numerous than David's; but, most likely by Joab's skillful generalship, the field of battle was such that numbers did not tell, and David's veteran troops were able to destroy Absalom's rabble in detail. The wood entangled them, and was perhaps full of pits, precipices, and morasses 2 Samuel 18:17.