5:19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord said to David, “March up, for I will indeed 1 hand the Philistines over to you.”
2 Samuel 5:23Context
5:23 So David asked the Lord what he should do. 2 This time 3 the Lord 4 said to him, “Don’t march straight up. Instead, circle around behind them and come against them opposite the trees. 5
1 tn The infinitive absolute lends emphasis to the following verb.
2 tn The words “what to do” are not in the Hebrew text.
3 tn The words “this time” are not in the Hebrew text.
4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the
5 tn Some translate as “balsam trees” (cf. NASB, NIV, NRSV, NJB, NLT); cf. KJV, NKJV, ASV “mulberry trees”; NAB “mastic trees”; NEB, REB “aspens.” The exact identification of the type of tree or plant is uncertain.