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2 Samuel 4:5-7

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4:5 Now the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite – Recab and Baanah – went at the hottest part of the day to the home of Ish-bosheth, as he was enjoying his midday rest. 4:6 They 1  entered the house under the pretense of getting wheat and mortally wounded him 2  in the stomach. Then Recab and his brother Baanah escaped.

4:7 They had entered 3  the house while Ish-bosheth 4  was resting on his bed in his bedroom. They mortally wounded him 5  and then cut off his head. 6  Taking his head, 7  they traveled on the way of the Arabah all that night.

1 tc For the MT’s וְהֵנָּה (vÿhennah, “and they,” feminine) read וְהִנֵּה (vÿhinneh, “and behold”). See the LXX, Syriac Peshitta, and Targum.

2 tn Heb “and they struck him down.”

3 tn After the concluding disjunctive clause at the end of v. 6, the author now begins a more detailed account of the murder and its aftermath.

4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Ish-bosheth) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Heb “they struck him down and killed him.” The expression is a verbal hendiadys.

6 tn Heb “and they removed his head.” The Syriac Peshitta and Vulgate lack these words.

7 tc The Lucianic Greek recension lacks the words “his head.”



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