2 Samuel 20:17
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New International Version
He went toward her, and she asked, "Are you Joab?" "I am," he answered. She said, "Listen to what your servant has to say." "I'm listening," he said.

King James Bible
And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.

Darby Bible Translation
And he came near to her; and the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he said, I [am he]. And she said to him, Listen to the words of thy handmaid. And he said, I am listening.

World English Bible
He came near to her; and the woman said, "Are you Joab?" He answered, "I am." Then she said to him, "Hear the words of your handmaid." He answered, "I do hear."

Young's Literal Translation
And he cometh near unto her, and the woman saith, 'Art thou Joab?' and he saith, 'I am.' And she saith to him, 'Hear the words of thy handmaid;' and he saith, 'I am hearing.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A wise woman - She was probably governess.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Hear the words

2 Samuel 14:12 Then the woman said, Let your handmaid, I pray you, speak one word to my lord the king. And he said, Say on.

1 Samuel 25:24 And fell at his feet, and said, On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be: and let your handmaid, I pray you...

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Appendix 2 Extracts from the Babylon Talmud
Massecheth Berachoth, or Tractate on Benedictions [76] Mishnah--From what time is the "Shema" said in the evening? From the hour that the priests entered to eat of their therumah [77] until the end of the first night watch. [78] These are the words of Rabbi Eliezer. But the sages say: Till midnight. Rabban Gamaliel says: Until the column of the morning (the dawn) rises. It happened, that his sons came back from a banquet. They said to him: "We have not said the Shema.'" He said to them, "If the column
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
2 Samuel 20:16
a wise woman called from the city, "Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him."

2 Samuel 20:18
She continued, "Long ago they used to say, 'Get your answer at Abel,' and that settled it.

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