18:2 David then sent out the army – a third under the leadership of Joab, a third under the leadership of Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under the leadership of Ittai the Gittite. The king said to the troops, “I too will indeed march out with you.”
2 Samuel 18:4Context
18:4 Then the king said to them, “I will do whatever seems best to you.”
So the king stayed beside the city gate, while all the army marched out by hundreds and by thousands.
2 Samuel 18:12Context
18:12 The man replied to Joab, “Even if 1 I were receiving 2 a thousand pieces of silver, 3 I would not strike 4 the king’s son! In our very presence 5 the king gave this order to you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.’ 6
1 tc The translation follows the Qere and many medieval Hebrew
2 tn Heb “weighing out in my hand.”
3 tn Heb “a thousand [shekels] of silver.” This would have been about 25 pounds (11.4 kg) of silver by weight.
4 tn Heb “extend my hand against.”
5 tn Heb “in our ears.”
6 tc The Hebrew text is very difficult here. The MT reads מִי (mi, “who”), apparently yielding the following sense: “Show care, whoever you might be, for the youth Absalom.” The Syriac Peshitta reads li (“for me”), the Hebrew counterpart of which may also lie behind the LXX rendering μοι (moi, “for me”). This reading seems preferable here, since it restores sense to the passage and most easily explains the rise of the variant.