2 Samuel 23:19
New International Version
Was he not held in greater honor than the Three? He became their commander, even though he was not included among them.

New Living Translation
Abishai was the most famous of the Thirty and was their commander, though he was not one of the Three.

English Standard Version
He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three.

Berean Study Bible
Was he not more honored than the Three? And he became their commander, even though he was not included among the Three.

King James Bible
Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

New King James Version
Was he not the most honored of three? Therefore he became their captain. However, he did not attain to the first three.

New American Standard Bible
He was the most honored among the thirty, so he became their commander; however, he did not attain to the reputation of the three.

NASB 1995
He was most honored of the thirty, therefore he became their commander; however, he did not attain to the three.

NASB 1977
He was most honored of the thirty, therefore he became their commander; however, he did not attain to the three.

Amplified Bible
He was the most honored of the thirty, so he became their commander; however, he did not attain to the [greatness of the] three.

Christian Standard Bible
Was he not more honored than the Three? He became their commander even though he did not become one of the Three.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Was he not more honored than the Three? He became their commander even though he did not become one of the Three.

American Standard Version
Was he not most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And of the thirty he was honored and he was Chief over them, and he achieved victory like the thirty

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Of those three he was most honourable, and he became a chief over them, but he reached not to the first three.

Contemporary English Version
and certainly just as famous as the rest of the Thirty Warriors. He was the commander of the Thirty Warriors, but he still did not become one of the Three Warriors.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the noblest of three, and was their chief, but to the three first he attained not.

English Revised Version
Was he not most honourable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

Good News Translation
He was the most famous of "The Thirty" and became their leader, but he was not as famous as "The Three."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and was honored more than they were. So he became their captain, but he didn't become a member of the three.

International Standard Version
He was more well-known than the Three, and became their commander, but he never measured up to the Three.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He was most honourable of the three; therefore he was made their captain; howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

Literal Standard Version
Is he not the honored of the three? And he becomes their head; and he has not come to the [first] three.

NET Bible
From the three he was given honor and he became their officer, even though he was not one of the three.

New Heart English Bible
He was the most illustrious of the Thirty, and he became their leader. However he did not attain to the Three.

World English Bible
Wasn't he most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: however he didn't attain to the [first] three.

Young's Literal Translation
Of the three is he not the honoured? and he becometh their head; and unto the first three he hath not come.

Additional Translations ...
Context
David's Mighty Men
18Now Abishai, the brother of Joab and son of Zeruiah, was chief of the Three, and he lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name along with the Three. 19Was he not more honored than the Three? And he became their commander, even though he was not included among the Three. 20And Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a man of valor from Kabzeel, a man of many exploits. He struck down two champions of Moab, and on a snowy day he went down into a pit and killed a lion.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 23:18
Now Abishai, the brother of Joab and son of Zeruiah, was chief of the Three, and he lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name along with the Three.

2 Samuel 23:20
And Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a man of valor from Kabzeel, a man of many exploits. He struck down two champions of Moab, and on a snowy day he went down into a pit and killed a lion.


Treasury of Scripture

Was he not most honorable of three? therefore he was their captain: however, he attained not to the first three.

he attained

2 Samuel 23:9,13,16
And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: …

1 Chronicles 11:25
Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.

Matthew 13:8,23
But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold…











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Was he not
הֲכִ֣י (hă·ḵî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

more honored
נִכְבָּ֔ד (niḵ·bāḏ)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3513: To be heavy, weighty, or burdensome

than
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

the Three?
הַשְּׁלֹשָׁה֙ (haš·šə·lō·šāh)
Article | Number - masculine singular
Strong's 7969: Three, third, thrice

And he became
וַיְהִ֥י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

their commander,
לְשָׂ֑ר (lə·śār)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8269: Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince

even though he was not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

included
בָֽא׃ (ḇā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

among the Three.
הַשְּׁלֹשָׁ֖ה (haš·šə·lō·šāh)
Article | Number - masculine singular
Strong's 7969: Three, third, thrice


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