8:2 He defeated the Moabites. He made them lie on the ground and then used a rope to measure them off. He put two-thirds of them to death and spared the other third. 1 The Moabites became David’s subjects and brought tribute. 2
2 Samuel 23:20Context
23:20 Benaiah son of Jehoida was a brave warrior 3 from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. 4 He also went down and killed a lion in a cistern on a snowy day.
1 tn Heb “and he measured [with] two [lengths] of rope to put to death and [with] the fullness of the rope to keep alive.”
2 tn Heb “and the Moabites were servants of David, carriers of tribute.”
3 tc The translation follows the Qere and many medieval Hebrew
4 tc Heb “the two of Ariel, Moab.” The precise meaning of אריאל is uncertain; some read “warrior.” The present translation assumes that the word is a proper name and that בני, “sons of,” has accidentally dropped from the text by homoioarcton (note the preceding שׁני).