New Living Translation
"No," Joab told him, "it wouldn't be good news to the king that his son is dead. You can be my messenger another time, but not today."
King James Bible
And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the king's son is dead.
Darby Bible Translation
And Joab said to him, Thou shalt not be a bearer of news to-day, but thou shalt carry the news another day; but to-day thou shalt carry no news, because the king's son is dead.
World English Bible
Joab said to him, "You shall not be the bearer of news this day, but you shall bear news another day. But today you shall bear no news, because the king's son is dead."
Young's Literal Translation
and Joab saith to him, 'Thou art not a man of tidings this day, but thou hast borne tidings on another day, and this day thou dost not bear tidings, because the king's son is dead.'
2 Samuel 18:20 Parallel
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2 Samuel 18:19
Then Zadok's son Ahimaaz said, "Let me run to the king with the good news that the LORD has rescued him from his enemies."
2 Samuel 18:21
Then Joab said to a man from Ethiopia, "Go tell the king what you have seen." The man bowed and ran off.
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