2 SAMUEL 23:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.”

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2 Samuel 23:17 Translation & Meaning

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And he said, וַיֹּ֡אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
Be it far חָלִילָה֩ Literal for a profaned thing; used (interj.) far be it! far
from me, O Lord, יְהוָ֜ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God O Lord
that I should do מֵֽעֲשֹׂ֣תִי To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application should do
this: זֹ֗את This (often used adverb) this
is not this (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the blood הֲדַ֤ם Blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy, the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (i.e., drops of blood) blood
of the men הָֽאֲנָשִׁים֙ Properly, a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified H0120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively) men
that went הַהֹֽלְכִ֣ים To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) that went
in jeopardy of their lives? בְּנַפְשׁוֹתָ֔ם Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) jeopardy lives
therefore he would אָבָ֖ה To breathe after, i.e., (figuratively) to be acquiescent therefore would
not וְלֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
drink לִשְׁתּוֹתָ֑ם To imbibe (literally or figuratively) drink
it. These אֵ֣לֶּה These or those These
things did עָשׂ֔וּ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application things did
these three שְׁלֹ֖שֶׁת Three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiple) thrice these three
mighty men. הַגִּבֹּרִֽים׃ Powerful; by implication, warrior, tyrant mighty men

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  • 15  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!

  • 16  And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord.

  • 17  And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

  • 18  And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and had the name among three.

  • 19  Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.




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