2 Samuel 16:19
New International Version
Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve the son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you.”

New Living Translation
“And anyway, why shouldn’t I serve you? Just as I was your father’s adviser, now I will be your adviser!”

English Standard Version
And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you.”

Berean Study Bible
Furthermore, whom should I serve if not the son? As I served in your father’s presence, so also I will serve in yours.”

King James Bible
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

New King James Version
Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so will I be in your presence.”

New American Standard Bible
Besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? Just as I have served in your father’s presence, so I shall be in your presence.”

NASB 1995
“Besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so I will be in your presence.”

NASB 1977
“And besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so I will be in your presence.”

Amplified Bible
Besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of David’s son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so I shall serve in your presence.”

Christian Standard Bible
Furthermore, whom will I serve if not his son? As I served in your father’s presence, I will also serve in yours.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Furthermore, whom will I serve if not his son? As I served in your father’s presence, I will also serve in yours.”

American Standard Version
And again, whom should I serve?'should I not'serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And for the second time, whose Servant am I? I have not had anything in my hands, even as when I served before your father. Thus I shall serve before you”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And again, whom shall I serve? should I not in the presence of his son? As I served in the sight of thy father, so will I be in thy presence.

Contemporary English Version
Besides, it seems right for me to serve you, just as I served your father."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Besides this, whom shall I serve? is it not the king's son? as I have served thy father, so will I serve thee also.

English Revised Version
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

Good News Translation
After all, whom should I serve, if not my master's son? As I served your father, so now I will serve you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And besides, whom should I serve? Shouldn't it be his son? As I served your father, so I'll serve you."

International Standard Version
Besides, who else should I be serving? Why not the son? The same way I served your father, I'll serve you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.'

Literal Standard Version
and secondly, for whom do I labor? Is it not before his son? As I served before your father, so I am before you.”

NET Bible
Moreover, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you."

New Heart English Bible
Again, whom should I serve? Shouldn't I serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence."

World English Bible
Again, whom should I serve? Shouldn't I serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence."

Young's Literal Translation
and secondly, for whom do I labour? is it not before his son? as I served before thy father so am I before thee.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Counsel of Ahithophel and Hushai
18“Not at all,” Hushai answered. “For the one chosen by the LORD, by the people, and by all the men of Israel—his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19Furthermore, whom should I serve if not the son? As I served in your father’s presence, so also I will serve in yours.” 20Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give me counsel. What should we do?”…

Cross References
2 Samuel 15:34
But you can thwart the counsel of Ahithophel for me if you return to the city and say to Absalom: 'I will be your servant, my king; in the past I was your father's servant, but now I will be your servant.'

2 Samuel 16:18
"Not at all," Hushai answered. "For the one chosen by the LORD, by the people, and by all the men of Israel--his I will be, and with him I will remain.

2 Samuel 16:20
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give me counsel. What should we do?"


Treasury of Scripture

And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence.

should I not serve

2 Samuel 15:34
But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father's servant hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.

1 Samuel 28:2
And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.

1 Samuel 29:8
And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Furthermore,
וְהַשֵּׁנִ֗ית (wə·haš·šê·nîṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Number - ordinal feminine singular
Strong's 8145: Second (an ordinal number)

whom
לְמִי֙ (lə·mî)
Preposition-l | Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

should I
אֲנִ֣י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

serve
אֶֽעֱבֹ֔ד (’e·‘ĕ·ḇōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

if not
הֲל֖וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

the son?
בְנ֑וֹ (ḇə·nōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

As
כַּאֲשֶׁ֤ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

I served
עָבַ֙דְתִּי֙ (‘ā·ḇaḏ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

in your father’s
אָבִ֔יךָ (’ā·ḇî·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1: Father

presence,
לִפְנֵ֣י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

so also
כֵּ֖ן (kên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

I will serve
אֶהְיֶ֥ה (’eh·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

in yours.”
לִפְנֵ֣י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face


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