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 17:8Context
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 17:16Context
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 19:8Context
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.”
11 tn Heb “had fled, each to his tent.”