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2 Samuel 12:16

12:16 Then David prayed to 1  God for the child and fasted. 2  He would even 3  go and spend the night lying on the ground.

2 Samuel 17:8

17:8 Hushai went on to say, “You know your father and his men – they are soldiers and are as dangerous as a bear out in the wild that has been robbed of her cubs. 4  Your father is an experienced soldier; he will not stay overnight with the army.

2 Samuel 17:16

17:16 Now send word quickly to David and warn him, 5  “Don’t spend the night at the fords of the desert 6  tonight. Instead, be sure you cross over, 7  or else the king and everyone who is with him may be overwhelmed.” 8 

2 Samuel 19:8


19:8 So the king got up and sat at the city gate. When all the people were informed that the king was sitting at the city gate, they 9  all came before him.

David Goes Back to Jerusalem

But the Israelite soldiers 10  had all fled to their own homes. 11 

1 tn Heb “sought” or “searched for.”

2 tn Heb “and David fasted.”

3 tn The three Hebrew verbs that follow in this verse are perfects with prefixed vav. They may describe repeated past actions or actions which accompanied David’s praying and fasting.

4 tc The LXX (with the exception of the recensions of Origen and Lucian) repeats the description as follows: “Just as a female bear bereft of cubs in a field.”

5 tn Heb “send quickly and tell David saying.”

6 tn Or “wilderness” (so KJV, NASB, NRSV, TEV).

7 tn That is, “cross over the Jordan River.”

8 tn Heb “swallowed up.”

9 tn Heb “all the people.”

10 tn The Hebrew text has simply “Israel” (see 18:16-17).

11 tn Heb “had fled, each to his tent.”

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