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2 Samuel 3:7

Context
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Now Saul had a concubine named Rizpah daughter of Aiah. Ish-bosheth 1  said to Abner, “Why did you have sexual relations with 2  my father’s concubine?” 3 

XREF

2Sa 12:8; 2Sa 16:21,22; 2Sa 21:8-11; 1Ki 2:17,21,22

NET © Notes

tc The Hebrew of the MT reads simply “and he said,” with no expressed subject for the verb. It is not likely that the text originally had no expressed subject for this verb, since the antecedent is not immediately clear from the context. We should probably restore to the Hebrew text the name “Ish-bosheth.” See a few medieval Hebrew mss, Aquila, Symmachus, Theodotion, and Vulgate. Perhaps the name was accidentally omitted by homoioarcton. Note that both the name Ishbosheth and the following preposition אֶל (’el) begin with the letter alef.

tn Heb “come to”; KJV, NRSV “gone in to”; NAB “been intimate with”; NIV “sleep with.”

sn This accusation against Abner is a very serious one, since an act of sexual infringement on the king’s harem would probably have been understood as a blatant declaration of aspirations to kingship. As such it was not merely a matter of ethical impropriety but an act of grave political significance as well.



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