2 Samuel 17:4
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English Standard Version
And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

King James Bible
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

American Standard Version
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his saying pleased Absalom, and all the ancients of Israel.

English Revised Version
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the saying, pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Ahithophel gave the following counsel: "Go to thy father's concubines, whom he hath left behind to keep the house (i.e., lie with them: for אל בּוא, compare 2 Samuel 3:7, etc.); so will all Israel hear that thou hast made thyself stinking with thy father, and the hands of all those who are with thee will strengthen themselves." This advice was sagacious enough. Lying with the king's concubines was an appropriation of the royal harem, and, as such, a complete usurpation of the throne (see at 2 Samuel 3:7), which would render any reconciliation between Absalom and his father utterly impossible, and therefore would of necessity instigate the followers of Absalom to maintain his cause with all the greater firmness. This was what Ahithophel hoped to attain through his advice. For unless the breach was too great to be healed, with the affection of David towards his sons, which might in reality be called weakness, it was always a possible thing that he should forgive Absalom; and in that case Ahithophel would be the one to suffer. But under the superintendence of God this advice of Ahithophel was to effect the fulfilment, without any such intention on his part, of the threat held over David in 2 Samuel 12:8.

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the saying

1 Samuel 18:20,21 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him...

1 Samuel 23:21 And Saul said, Blessed be you of the LORD; for you have compassion on me.

Esther 5:14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends to him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high...

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same...

pleased Absalom well [heb] was right in the eyes of Absalom.

2 Chronicles 30:4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.

Esther 1:21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:

Cross References
2 Samuel 17:3
and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband. You seek the life of only one man, and all the people will be at peace."

2 Samuel 17:5
Then Absalom said, "Call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he has to say."

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