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2 Samuel 20:2-3

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20:2 So all the men of Israel deserted 1  David and followed Sheba son of Bicri. But the men of Judah stuck by their king all the way from the Jordan River 2  to Jerusalem. 3 

20:3 Then David went to his palace 4  in Jerusalem. The king took the ten concubines he had left to care for the palace and placed them under confinement. 5  Though he provided for their needs, he did not have sexual relations with them. 6  They remained in confinement until the day they died, living out the rest of their lives as widows.

1 tn Heb “went up from after.”

2 tn The word “River” is not in the Hebrew text, but has been supplied in the translation for clarity.

3 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

4 tn Heb “house.”

5 tn Heb “and he placed them in a guarded house.”

6 tn Heb “he did not come to them”; NAB “has no further relations with them”; NIV “did not lie with them”; TEV “did not have intercourse with them”; NLT “would no longer sleep with them.”



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