2 Samuel 2:20
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New International Version
Abner looked behind him and asked, "Is that you, Asahel?" "It is," he answered.

King James Bible
Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.

Darby Bible Translation
Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he said, I am.

World English Bible
Then Abner looked behind him, and said, "Is it you, Asahel?" He answered, "It is I."

Young's Literal Translation
And Abner looketh behind him, and saith, 'Art thou he -- Asahel?' and he saith, 'I am.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe - To be swift of foot was deemed a great accomplishment in the heroes of antiquity; ποδας ωκυς Αχιλλευς, the swift-footed Achilles, is an epithet which Homer gives to that hero no less than thirty times in the course of the Ilias. It has a qualification also among the Roman soldiers; they were taught both to run swiftly, and to swim well.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

2 Samuel 2:19 Asahel pursued Abner and did not turn to the right or to the left from following Abner.

2 Samuel 2:21 So Abner said to him, "Turn to your right or to your left, and take hold of one of the young men for yourself, and take for yourself his spoil." But Asahel was not willing to turn aside from following him.

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The Bright Dawn of a Reign
'And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And He said, Unto Hebron. 2. So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail, Nabal's wife, the Carmelite. 3. And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron. 4. And the men of Judah came, and there
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The First Chaldaean Empire and the Hyksos in Egypt
Syria: the part played by it in the ancient world--Babylon and the first Chaldaean empire--The dominion of the Hyksos: Ahmosis. Some countries seem destined from their origin to become the battle-fields of the contending nations which environ them. Into such regions, and to their cost, neighbouring peoples come from century to century to settle their quarrels and bring to an issue the questions of supremacy which disturb their little corner of the world. The nations around are eager for the possession
G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 4

Cross References
2 Samuel 2:19
He chased Abner, turning neither to the right nor to the left as he pursued him.

2 Samuel 2:21
Then Abner said to him, "Turn aside to the right or to the left; take on one of the young men and strip him of his weapons." But Asahel would not stop chasing him.

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