New International Version
The king sang this lament for Abner: "Should Abner have died as the lawless die?
King James Bible
And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?
Darby Bible Translation
And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dieth?
World English Bible
The king lamented for Abner, and said, "Should Abner die as a fool dies?
Young's Literal Translation
and the king lamenteth for Abner, and saith: -- 'As the death of a fool doth Abner die?
2 Samuel 3:33 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The king lamented over Abner - This lamentation, though short, is very pathetic. It is a high strain of poetry; but the measure cannot be easily ascertained. Our own translation may be measured thus: -
Died Abner as a fool dieth?
Thy hands were not bound,
Nor thy feet put into fetters.
As a man falleth before the wicked.
So hast thou fallen!
Or thus: -
Shall Abner die a death like to a villain's?
Thy hands not bound,
Nor were the fetters to thy feet applied.
Like as one falls before the sons of guilt,
So hast thou fallen!
He was not taken away by the hand of justice, nor in battle, nor by accident: he died the death of a culprit by falling into the hands of a villain.
This song was a heavy reproof to Joab; and must have galled him extremely, being sung by all the people.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
as a fool dieth That is, as a bad man, as the word frequently signifies in Scripture
LibraryThe King --Continued.
The years thus well begun are, in the historical books, characterized mainly by three events, namely, the bringing up of the ark to the newly won city of David, Nathan's prophecy of the perpetual dominion of his house, and his victories over the surrounding nations. These three hinges of the narrative are all abundantly illustrated in the psalms. As to the first, we have relics of the joyful ceremonial connected with it in two psalms, the fifteenth and twenty-fourth, which are singularly alike not …
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David
A Believer's Privilege at Death
2 Samuel 1:17
David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,
2 Samuel 3:34
Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered. You fell as one falls before the wicked." And all the people wept over him again.
2 Chronicles 35:25
Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments.
"This is the lament they will chant for her. The daughters of the nations will chant it; for Egypt and all her hordes they will chant it, declares the Sovereign LORD."
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