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2 Samuel 24:17

    2 Samuel 24:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, See, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let your hand, I pray you, be against me, and against my father's house.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And David spake unto Jehovah when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done perversely; but these sheep, what have they done? let thy hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And when David saw the angel who was causing the destruction of the people, he said to the Lord, Truly, the sin is mine; I have done wrong: but these are only sheep; what have they done? let your hand be against me and against my family.

    Webster's Revision

    And David spake unto Jehovah when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done perversely; but these sheep, what have they done? let thy hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.

    World English Bible

    David spoke to Yahweh when he saw the angel who struck the people, and said, "Behold, I have sinned, and I have done perversely; but these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand be against me, and against my father's house."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done perversely: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.

    Definitions for 2 Samuel 24:17

    Angel - Messenger.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 24:17

    But these sheep, what have they done? - It seems that in the order of Providence there is no way of punishing kings in their regal capacity, but by afflictions on their land, in which the people must necessarily suffer. If the king, therefore, by his own personal offenses, in which the people can have no part, bring down God's judgments upon his people, (though they suffer innocently), grievous will be the account that he must give to God. The people generally suffer for the miscarriages of their governors: this has been observed in every age.

    Quicquid delirant reges, plectuntur Achivi.

    - "When doting monarchs urge

    Unsound resolves, their subjects feel the scourge."

    Hor. Ep. lib. i., Ephesians 2, ver. 14.

    Against my father's house - That is, against his own family; even to cut it off from the face of the earth.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 24:17

    Compare the passage in Chronicles. The account here is abridged; and 2 Samuel 24:18 has the appearance of being the original statement.