2 Samuel 20:20
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New International Version
"Far be it from me!" Joab replied, "Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!

King James Bible
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

World English Bible
Joab answered, "Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joab answereth and saith, 'Far be it -- far be it from me; I do not swallow up nor destroy.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I-- peaceable and faithful in Israel - I am for peace, not contention of any kind; I am faithful - I adhere to David, and neither seek nor shall sanction any rebellion or anarchy in the land. Why then dost thou proceed in such a violent manner? Perhaps the woman speaks here in the name and on behalf of the city: "I am a peaceable city, and am faithful to the king."

A mother in Israel - That is, a chief city of a district; for it is very likely that the woman speaks of the city, not of herself.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Far be it

2 Samuel 23:17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives?...

Job 21:16 See, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Job 22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

that I should

2 Samuel 20:10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib...

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

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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 20:19
We are the peaceful and faithful in Israel. You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why do you want to swallow up the LORD's inheritance?"

2 Samuel 20:21
That is not the case. A man named Sheba son of Bikri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Hand over this one man, and I'll withdraw from the city." The woman said to Joab, "His head will be thrown to you from the wall."

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