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2 Samuel 2:22

2:22 So Abner spoke again to Asahel, “Turn aside from following me! I do not want to strike you to the ground. 1  How then could I show 2  my face in the presence of Joab your brother?”

2 Samuel 13:26


13:26 Then Absalom said, “If you will not go, 3  then let my brother Amnon go with us.” The king replied to him, “Why should he go with you?”

2 Samuel 16:9


16:9 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head!”

2 Samuel 20:19

20:19 I represent the peaceful and the faithful in Israel. You are attempting to destroy an important city 4  in Israel. Why should you swallow up the Lord’s inheritance?”

1 tn Heb “Why should I strike you to the ground?”

2 tn Heb “lift.”

3 tn Heb “and not.”

4 tn Heb “a city and a mother.” The expression is a hendiadys, meaning that this city was an important one in Israel and had smaller cities dependent on it.

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