2 Samuel 15:20
Good News Translation
You have lived here only a short time, so why should I make you wander around with me? I don't even know where I'm going. Go back and take all your people with you--and may the LORD be kind and faithful to you."

Contemporary English Version
You haven't been with me very long, so why should you have to follow me, when I don't even know where I'm going? Take your soldiers and go back. I pray that the Lord will be kind and faithful to you."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yesterday thou camest, and to day shalt thou be forced to go forth with us? but I shall go whither I am going: return thou, and take back thy brethren with thee, and the Lord will shew thee mercy, and truth, because thou hast shewn grace and fidelity.

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Yesterday thou camest, and to day shalt thou be forced to go forth with us? but I shall go whither I am going: return thou, and take back thy brethren with thee, and the Lord will shew thee mercy, and truth, because thou hast shewn grace and fidelity.

go up and down [heb] wander in going

Psalm 56:8 I have declared to thee my life: thou hast set me tears in thy sight, As also in thy promise.

Psalm 59:15 They shall be scattered abroad to eat, and shall murmur if they be not filled.

Amos 8:12 Behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will send forth a famine into the land: not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord.

Hebrews 11:37,38 They were stoned, they were cut asunder, they were tempted, they were put to death by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in want, distressed, afflicted: . . .

seeing

1 Samuel 23:13 Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose, and departing from Ceila, wandered up and down, uncertain where they should stay: and it was told Saul that David was fled from Ceila, and had escaped: wherefore he forbore to go out.

mercy

2 Samuel 2:6 And now the Lord surely will render you mercy and truth, and I also will requite you for this good turn, because you have done this thing.

Psalm 25:10 All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth, to them that seek after his covenant and his testimonies.

Psalm 57:3 He hath sent from heaven and delivered me: he hath made them a reproach that trod upon me. God hath sent his mercy and his truth,

Psalm 61:7 He abideth for ever in the sight of God: his mercy and truth who shall search?

Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth have met each other: justice and peace have kissed.

Psalm 89:14 Justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face:

Proverbs 14:22 They err that work evil: but mercy and truth prepare good things.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses: grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 1:16-18 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus: because he hath often refreshed me and hath not been ashamed of my chain: . . .

Context
David Flees Jerusalem
19And the king said to Ethai the Gethite: Why comest thou with us: return and dwell with the king, for thou art a stranger, and art come out of thy own place. 20Yesterday thou camest, and to day shalt thou be forced to go forth with us? but I shall go whither I am going: return thou, and take back thy brethren with thee, and the Lord will shew thee mercy, and truth, because thou hast shewn grace and fidelity.21And Ethai answered the king, saying: As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth: in what place soever thou shalt be, my lord, O king, either in death, or in life, there will thy servant be.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 23:13
Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose, and departing from Ceila, wandered up and down, uncertain where they should stay: and it was told Saul that David was fled from Ceila, and had escaped: wherefore he forbore to go out.

2 Samuel 2:6
And now the Lord surely will render you mercy and truth, and I also will requite you for this good turn, because you have done this thing.

Proverbs 3:3
And thou shalt find grace, and good understanding before God and men.

Additional Translations
In fact, you arrived only yesterday; should I make you wander around with us today while I do not know where I am going? Go back and take your brothers with you. May the LORD show you loving devotion and faithfulness.”Whereas you came but yesterday, should I this day make you go up and down with us? seeing I go where I may, return you, and take back your brothers: mercy and truth be with you.

Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us, seeing I go whither I may? return thou, and take back thy brethren; mercy and truth be with thee.

Whereas thou camest yesterday, shall I to-day cause thee to travel with us, and shalt thou thus change thy place? thou didst come forth yesterday, and to-day shall I set thee in motion to go along with us? I indeed will go whithersoever I may go: return then, and cause thy brethren to return with thee, and may the Lord deal mercifully and truly with thee.

Thou didst come yesterday, and should I this day make thee go up and down with us, seeing I go whither I can? Return and take back thy brethren. Mercy and truth be with thee!

Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us, seeing I go whither I may? return thou, and take back thy brethren; mercy and truth be with thee.

Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may; return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.

Whereas you came but yesterday, should I this day make you go up and down with us, since I go where I may? Return, and take back your brothers. Mercy and truth be with you."

Yesterday is thy coming in, and to-day I move thee to go with us, and I am going on that which I am going! -- turn back, and take back thy brethren with thee, -- kindness and truth.'
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