2 Samuel 16:17
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English Standard Version
And Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?”

King James Bible
And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

American Standard Version
And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Absalom said to him: Is this thy kindness to thy friend? Why wentest thou not with thy friend?

English Revised Version
And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

2 Samuel 16:17 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

David said still further to Abishai and all his servants: "Behold, my own son seeketh after my life; how much more then the Benjaminite! (who belongs to a hostile race.) Let him curse, for Jehovah hath bidden him. Perhaps Jehovah will look upon my guilt, and Jehovah will requite me good for the curse which befals me this day." בּעוני (Chethib) has been altered by the Masoretes into בּעיני o, "upon mine eye," probably in the sense of "upon my tears;" and קללתי into קללתו, - from pure misapprehension. בּעוני does not mean "upon my misery," for עון never has this meaning, but upon the guilt which really belongs to me, in contrast with that with which Shimei charges me; and קללתי is the curse that has come upon me. Although David had committed no murder upon the house of Saul, and therefore Shimei's cursing was nothing but malicious blasphemy, he felt that it came upon him because of his sins, though not for the sin imputed to him. He therefore forbade their putting the blasphemer to death, and said Jehovah had commanded him to curse; regarding the cursing as the consequence of the wrath of God that was bringing him low (comp. the remarks on 1 Samuel 26:19). But this consciousness of guilt also excited the assurance that the Lord would look upon his sin. When God looks upon the guilt of a humble sinner, He will also, as a just and merciful God, avert the evil, and change the suffering into a blessing. David founded upon this the hope, that the Lord would repay him with good for the curse with which Shimei was pursuing him now.

2 Samuel 16:17 Parallel Commentaries

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Is this thy

Deuteronomy 32:6 Do you thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he your father that has bought you? has he not made you...

why wentest

2 Samuel 15:32-37 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold...

2 Samuel 19:25 And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, Why went not you with me, Mephibosheth?

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 18:24 A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Cross References
2 Samuel 16:18
And Hushai said to Absalom, "No, for whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain.

2 Samuel 19:25
And when he came to Jerusalem to meet the king, the king said to him, "Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?"

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