2 Samuel 19:3
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New International Version
The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle.

King James Bible
And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

Darby Bible Translation
And the people stole away that day into the city, as people steal away when ashamed of fleeing in battle.

World English Bible
The people snuck into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

Young's Literal Translation
And the people stealeth away, on that day, to go in to the city, as the people steal away, who are ashamed, in their fleeing in battle;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The victory - was turned into mourning - Instead of rejoicing that a most unnatural and ruinous rebellion had been quashed, the people mourned over their own success, because they saw their king so immoderately afflicted for the loss of his worthless son.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

into the city

2 Samuel 19:32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim...

2 Samuel 17:24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.

steal

Genesis 31:27 Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and did not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth, and with songs...

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National Sorrows and National Lessons
On the illness or the Prince of Wales. Chapel Royal, St James's, December 17th, 1871. 2 Sam. xix. 14. "He bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man." No circumstances can be more different, thank God, than those under which the heart of the men of Judah was bowed when their king commander appealed to them, and those which have, in the last few days, bowed the heart of this nation as the heart of one man. But the feeling called out in each case was the same--Loyalty,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Cross References
2 Samuel 19:2
And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, "The king is grieving for his son."

2 Samuel 19:4
The king covered his face and cried aloud, "O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!"

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