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2 Samuel 2:14

    2 Samuel 2:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men, I pray thee, arise and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men give a test of their strength before us. And Joab said, Let them do so.

    Webster's Revision

    And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men, I pray thee, arise and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

    World English Bible

    Abner said to Joab, "Please let the young men arise and play before us!" Joab said, "Let them arise!"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men, I pray thee, arise and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.

    Definitions for 2 Samuel 2:14

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:14

    Let the young men - play before us - This was diabolical play, where each man thrust his sword into the body of the other, so that the twenty-four (twelve on each side) fell down dead together! But this was the signal for that sanguinary skirmish which immediately took place.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 2:14

    Play - (Compare Judges 16:25; 1 Samuel 18:7). Here, the word is applied to the serious game of war, to be played by twelve combatants on each side, with the two armies for spectators.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Samuel 2:14

    2:14 And play - That is, shew their prowess and dexterity in fighting together. He speaks like a vain - glorious and cruel man, and a soldier of fortune, that esteemed it a sport to see men wounding and killing one another. So this he designed, partly for their mutual recreation and trial of skill; and partly, that by this occasion they might be engaged in a battle. But he is unworthy the name of a man, who is thus prodigal of human blood.