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2 Samuel 23:15

    2 Samuel 23:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And David, moved by a strong desire, said, If only someone would give me a drink of water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem, by the doorway into the town!

    Webster's Revision

    And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!

    World English Bible

    David longed, and said, "Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And David longed and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem which is by the gate!

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 23:15

    The water of the well of Bethlehem - This was David's city, and he knew the excellence of the water which was there; and being near the place, and parched with thirst, it was natural for him to wish for a draught of water out of that well. These three heroes having heard it, though they received no command from David, broke through a company of the Philistines, and brought away some of the water. When brought to David he refused to drink it: for as the men got it at the hazard of their lives, he considered it as their blood, and gave thereby a noble instance of self-denial. There is no evidence that David had requested them to bring it; they had gone for it of their own accord, and without the knowledge of David.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 23:15

    A cistern of deep, clear, cool water, is called by the monks, David's Well, about three-quarters of a mile to the north of Bethlehem. Possibly the old well has been filled up since the town was supplied with water by the aqueduct.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Samuel 23:15

    23:15 Said - Being hot and thirsty, he expresses how acceptable a draught of that water would be to him; but was far from desiring, or expecting that any of his men should hazard their lives to procure it.