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2 Samuel 20:20

    2 Samuel 20:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Joab, answering her, said, Far, far be it from me to be a cause of death or destruction;

    Webster's Revision

    And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    World English Bible

    Joab answered, "Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 20:20

    Joab's character is strongly brought out in the transaction. Politic, decided, bold, and unscrupulous, but never needlessly cruel or impulsive, or even revengeful. No life is safe that stands in his way, but from policy he never sacrifices the most insignificant life without a purpose. (Compare 2 Samuel 2:27-30.)