2 Samuel 3:26
New International Version
Joab then left David and sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern at Sirah. But David did not know it.

New Living Translation
Joab then left David and sent messengers to catch up with Abner, asking him to return. They found him at the well of Sirah and brought him back, though David knew nothing about it.

English Standard Version
When Joab came out from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern of Sirah. But David did not know about it.

Berean Study Bible
As soon as Joab had left David, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David was unaware of it.

King James Bible
And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.

New King James Version
And when Joab had gone from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back from the well of Sirah. But David did not know it.

New American Standard Bible
When Joab left David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David did not know about it.

NASB 1995
When Joab came out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David did not know it.

NASB 1977
When Joab came out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David did not know it.

Amplified Bible
When Joab left David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David knew nothing [about Joab’s action].

Christian Standard Bible
Then Joab left David and sent messengers after Abner. They brought him back from the well of Sirah, but David was unaware of it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Joab left David and sent messengers after Abner. They brought him back from the well of Sirah, but David was unaware of it.

American Standard Version
And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yuab went out from the presence of David, and he sent Messengers after Abnir, and they returned him from Kreh Sirah, and David did not know

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Joab returned from David, and sent messengers to Abenner after him; and they bring him back from the well of Seiram: but David knew it not.

Contemporary English Version
Joab left David, then he sent some messengers to catch up with Abner. They brought him back from the well at Sirah, but David did not know anything about it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Joab going out from David, sent messengers after Abner, and brought him back from the cistern of Sira, David knowing nothing of it.

English Revised Version
And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.

Good News Translation
After leaving David, Joab sent messengers to get Abner, and they brought him back from Sirah Well; but David knew nothing about it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After leaving David, Joab sent messengers after Abner. They brought him back from the cistern of Sirah without David knowing about it.

International Standard Version
As soon as Joab left David, Joab sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern at Sirah, but David was not aware of this.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from Bor-sirah; but David knew it not.

Literal Standard Version
And Joab goes out from David, and sends messengers after Abner, and they bring him back from the well of Sirah, and David did not know.

NET Bible
Then Joab left David and sent messengers after Abner. They brought him back from the well of Sirah. (But David was not aware of it.)

New Heart English Bible
When Joab had left David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David did not know it.

World English Bible
When Joab had come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David didn't know it.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joab goeth out from David, and sendeth messengers after Abner, and they bring him back from the well of Sirah, and David knew not.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Joab Murders Abner
25Surely you realize that Abner son of Ner came to deceive you and to track your movements and all that you are doing.” 26As soon as Joab had left David, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David was unaware of it. 27When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab pulled him aside into the gateway, as if to speak to him privately, and there Joab stabbed him in the stomach. So Abner died on account of the blood of Joab’s brother Asahel.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 3:25
Surely you realize that Abner son of Ner came to deceive you and to track your movements and all that you are doing."

2 Samuel 3:27
When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab pulled him aside into the gateway, as if to speak to him privately, and there Joab stabbed him in the stomach. So Abner died on account of the blood of Joab's brother Asahel.


Treasury of Scripture

And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.

he sent

Proverbs 26:23-26
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross…

Proverbs 27:4-6
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? …









(26) Sent messengers after Abner.--Whether this was done in his own or in David's name (though without his knowledge) does not appear, but in either case Abner would readily suppose that the coming of Joab had made further conference desirable. His entire confidence in David is shown by his unsuspecting return.

The well of Sirah.--The only knowledge of this locality is from the testimony of Josephus (Antt. vii. 1, 5), that it was twenty stadia (two and a half miles) from Hebron; and there is still a spring and reservoir called Ain Sareh, rather more than a mile north of the town. If this is correct, Abner must have just left David when Joab arrived.

Verse 26. - The well - Hebrew, cistern - of Sirah. Josephus ('Ant.,' 8.1. 5) says that this cistern was situated about two miles and a half north of Hebron. There was probably a caravanserai there, at which Abner halted, intending to continue his march homewards as soon as the coolness of evening set in. Here Joab's messengers overtook him, and, speaking in David's name - for otherwise Abner would not have fallen into the trap - asked him to return for further conference, mentioning, perhaps, Joab's arrival as the reason. In this way Abner's suspicions would be set at rest, and it would seem quite natural for him to find Joab waiting for him at the gate.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
As soon as Joab
יוֹאָב֙ (yō·w·’āḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3097: Joab -- 'the LORD is father', three Israelites

had left
וַיֵּצֵ֤א (way·yê·ṣê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

David,
דָּוִ֔ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

he sent
וַיִּשְׁלַ֤ח (way·yiš·laḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

messengers
מַלְאָכִים֙ (mal·’ā·ḵîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

after
אַחֲרֵ֣י (’a·ḥă·rê)
Preposition
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

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

who brought him back
וַיָּשִׁ֥בוּ (way·yā·ši·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

from the well
מִבּ֣וֹר (mib·bō·wr)
Preposition-m | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 953: A pit, cistern, well

of Sirah;
הַסִּרָ֑ה (has·si·rāh)
Noun - proper
Strong's 5626: The name of a cistern

but David
וְדָוִ֖ד (wə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

was unaware
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

of it.
יָדָֽע׃ (yā·ḏā‘)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know


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