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2 Samuel 3:33

    2 Samuel 3:33 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dies?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dieth?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the king made a song of grief for Abner and said, Was the death of Abner to be like the death of a foolish man?

    Webster's Revision

    And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dieth?

    World English Bible

    The king lamented for Abner, and said, "Should Abner die as a fool dies?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dieth?

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 3:33

    The king lamented over Abner - This lamentation, though short, is very pathetic. It is a high strain of poetry; but the measure cannot be easily ascertained. Our own translation may be measured thus: -

    Died Abner as a fool dieth?

    Thy hands were not bound,

    Nor thy feet put into fetters.

    As a man falleth before the wicked.

    So hast thou fallen!

    Or thus: -

    Shall Abner die a death like to a villain's?

    Thy hands not bound,

    Nor were the fetters to thy feet applied.

    Like as one falls before the sons of guilt,

    So hast thou fallen!

    He was not taken away by the hand of justice, nor in battle, nor by accident: he died the death of a culprit by falling into the hands of a villain.

    This song was a heavy reproof to Joab; and must have galled him extremely, being sung by all the people.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 3:33

    Lamented - i. e. composed and sang the funeral dirge which follows (compare 2 Samuel 1:17).

    Died Abner ... - i. e. The great and noble and valiant Abner had died as ignobly and as helplessly as the meanest churl!