2 Samuel 17:19
Good News Translation
The man's wife took a covering, spread it over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it, so that no one would notice anything.

Contemporary English Version
The man's wife put the cover on the well and poured grain on top of it, so the well could not be seen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a woman took, and spread a covering over the mouth of the well, as it were to dry sodden barley and so the thing was not known.

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And a woman took, and spread a covering over the mouth of the well, as it were to dry sodden barley and so the thing was not known.

spread a covering

Joshua 2:4-6 And the woman taking the men, hid them, and said: I confess they came to me, but I knew not whence they were: . . .

the thing

Exodus 1:19 They answered: The Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women: for they themselves are skilful in the office of a midwife; and they are delivered before we come to them.

Context
Hushai's Warning Saves David
18But a certain boy saw them, and told Absalom: but they making haste went into the house of a certain man in Bahurim, who had a well in his court, and they went down into it. 19And a woman took, and spread a covering over the mouth of the well, as it were to dry sodden barley and so the thing was not known.20And when Absalom's servants were come into the house, they said to the woman: Where is Achimaas and Jonathan? and the woman answered them: They passed on in haste, after they had tasted a little water. But they that sought them, when they found them not, returned into Jerusalem.…
Cross References
Exodus 9:33
And when Moses was gone from Pharao out of the city, he stretched forth his hands to the Lord: and the thunders and the hail ceased, neither did there drop any more rain upon the earth.

Joshua 2:4
And the woman taking the men, hid them, and said: I confess they came to me, but I knew not whence they were:

Additional Translations
Then the man's wife took a covering and spread it over the mouth of the well and scattered grain over it, so nobody would know a thing.And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and strewed bruised grain thereon; and nothing was known.

And a woman took a covering, and spread it over the mouth of the well, and spread out ground corn upon it to dry, and the thing was not known.

And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn on it; and the thing was not known.

And the woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and strewed bruised corn thereon; and nothing was known.

And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn upon it; and the thing was not known.

The woman took and spread the covering over the well's mouth, and spread out bruised grain on it; and nothing was known.

and the woman taketh and spreadeth the covering over the face of the well, and spreadeth on it the ground corn, and the thing hath not been known.
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