New American Standard Bible
Then the people went out into the field against Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim.
King James Bible
So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
Darby Bible Translation
And the people went out into the field against Israel; and the battle was in the forest of Ephraim.
World English Bible
So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the forest of Ephraim.
Young's Literal Translation
And the people goeth out into the field to meet Israel, and the battle is in a forest of Ephraim;
2 Samuel 18:6 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Against Israel - Implying that the revolt was in a great measure that of the ten tribes, Saul's party, against the kingdom.
The wood of Ephraim - This would naturally be sought in the west of Jordan (marginal reference). But on the other hand it seems certain that the scene of this battle was on the east of Jordan. It seems therefore inevitable to conclude that some portion of the thick wood of oaks and terebinths which still runs down to the Jordan on the east side was for some reason called "the wood of Ephraim," either because it was a continuation on the east side of the great Ephraimitic forests on the west, or because of some transaction there in which Ephraim had taken part, such as the slaughter of the Midianites Judges 7:24-25, or their own slaughter Judges 12:6.
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Joshua said to them, "If you are a numerous people, go up to the forest and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you."
but the hill country shall be yours. For though it is a forest, you shall clear it, and to its farthest borders it shall be yours; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, even though they have chariots of iron and though they are strong."
2 Samuel 17:26
And Israel and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.
2 Samuel 18:7
The people of Israel were defeated there before the servants of David, and the slaughter there that day was great, 20,000 men.
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