18:5 The king gave this order to Joab, Abishai, and Ittai: “For my sake deal gently with the young man Absalom.” Now the entire army was listening when the king gave all the leaders this order concerning Absalom.
2 Samuel 18:27Context
18:27 The watchman said, “It appears to me that the first runner is Ahimaaz 1 son of Zadok.” The king said, “He is a good man, and he comes with good news.”
2 Samuel 18:29Context
18:29 The king replied, “How is the young man Absalom?” Ahimaaz replied, “I saw a great deal of confusion when Joab was sending the king’s servant and me, your servant, but I don’t know what it was all about.”
2 Samuel 18:33Context
18:33 (19:1) 2 The king then became very upset. He went up to the upper room over the gate and wept. As he went he said, “My son, Absalom! My son, my son, 3 Absalom! If only I could have died in your place! Absalom, my son, my son!” 4
1 tn Heb “I am seeing the running of the first one like the running of Ahimaaz.”
2 sn This marks the beginning of ch. 19 in the Hebrew text. Beginning with 18:33, the verse numbers through 19:43 in the English Bible differ from the verse numbers in the Hebrew text (BHS), with 18:33 ET = 19:1 HT, 19:1 ET = 19:2 HT, 19:2 ET = 19:3 HT, etc., through 19:43 ET = 19:44 HT. From 20:1 the versification in the English Bible and the Hebrew Bible is again the same.
3 tc One medieval Hebrew
4 tc The Lucianic Greek recension and Syriac Peshitta lack this repeated occurrence of “my son” due to haplography.