2 Samuel 2:17
New International Version
The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David’s men.

New Living Translation
A fierce battle followed that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the forces of David.

English Standard Version
And the battle was very fierce that day. And Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.

Berean Study Bible
The battle that day was intense, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the servants of David.

King James Bible
And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

New King James Version
So there was a very fierce battle that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.

New American Standard Bible
That day the battle was very severe, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the servants of David.

NASB 1995
That day the battle was very severe, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.

NASB 1977
And that day the battle was very severe, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.

Amplified Bible
There was a very fierce battle that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.

Christian Standard Bible
The battle that day was extremely fierce, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by David’s soldiers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The battle that day was extremely fierce, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by David’s soldiers.

American Standard Version
And the battle was very sore that day: and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there was a very severe battle on that day, and Abnir was defeated and the men of Israel before the Servants of David

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the battle was very severe on that day; and Abenner and the men of Israel were worsted before the servants of David.

Contemporary English Version
Then everyone started fighting. Both sides fought very hard, but David's soldiers defeated Abner and the soldiers of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was a very fierce battle that day: and Abner was put to flight, with the men of Israel, by the servants of David.

English Revised Version
And the battle was very sore that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

Good News Translation
Then a furious battle broke out, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David's men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fierce fighting broke out that day, and David's men defeated Abner and the men of Israel.

International Standard Version
The battle was very violent that day, with Abner and the men of Israel being defeated in the presence of David's servants.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the battle was very sore that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

Literal Standard Version
and the battle is very hard on that day, and Abner is struck, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

NET Bible
Now the battle was very severe that day; Abner and the men of Israel were overcome by David's soldiers.

New Heart English Bible
The battle was very severe that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated before the servants of David.

World English Bible
The battle was very severe that day: and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

Young's Literal Translation
and the battle is very hard on that day, and Abner is smitten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

Additional Translations ...
Context
War Between the Houses of David and Saul
16Then each man grabbed his opponent by the head and thrust his sword into his opponent’s side, and they all fell together. So this place, which is in Gibeon, is called Helkath-hazzurim. 17The battle that day was intense, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the servants of David. 18The three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel was fleet of foot like a wild gazelle,…

Cross References
2 Samuel 2:14
Then Abner said to Joab, "Let us have the young men get up and compete before us." "Let them get up," Joab replied.

2 Samuel 2:16
Then each man grabbed his opponent by the head and thrust his sword into his opponent's side, and they all fell together. So this place, which is in Gibeon, is called Helkath-hazzurim.

2 Samuel 3:1
Now the war between the house of Saul and the house of David was protracted. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.


Treasury of Scripture

And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

Abner

2 Samuel 3:1
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.









(17) A very sore battle.--The combat of the twelve on each side having decided nothing, the two hosts joined battle. Abner and the Israelites were worsted. The numbers engaged were probably not large, as the whole number of the slain was nineteen on David's side, and 360 on that of Israel (2Samuel 2:30-31). It was, however, a turning-point in the struggle.

Verse 17. - A very sore battle. The purpose of Abner was thus gained. Excited by the spectacle of merciless slaughter, the armies manoeuvred no longer, but rushed fiercely to the attack, and fought with fury. But the mighty men of David were irresistible. Only nineteen of his warriors fell, while Abner lost three hundred and sixty, and was forced to flee.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The battle
הַמִּלְחָמָ֛ה (ham·mil·ḥā·māh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4421: A battle, war

that
הַה֑וּא (ha·hū)
Article | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

day
בַּיּ֣וֹם (bay·yō·wm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

was
וַתְּהִ֧י (wat·tə·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

intense,
קָשָׁ֥ה (qā·šāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7186: Hard, severe

and Abner
אַבְנֵר֙ (’aḇ·nêr)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 74: Abner -- 'my father is a lamp', an Israelite name

and the men
וְאַנְשֵׁ֣י (wə·’an·šê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

were defeated
וַיִּנָּ֤גֶף (way·yin·nā·ḡep̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5062: To push, gore, defeat, stub, inflict

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

the servants
עַבְדֵ֥י (‘aḇ·ḏê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

of David.
דָוִֽד׃ (ḏā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse


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