2 Samuel 18:8
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New Living Translation
The battle raged all across the countryside, and more men died because of the forest than were killed by the sword.

King James Bible
For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

Darby Bible Translation
And the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

World English Bible
For the battle was there spread over the surface of all the country; and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

Young's Literal Translation
and the battle is there scattered over the face of all the land, and the forest multiplieth to devour among the people more than those whom the sword hath devoured in that day.

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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

18:8 The wood - More people died in the wood, either through hunger, and thirst, and weariness: or, by the wild beasts, whereof great numbers were there, which, though they were driven away from the place of the main battle, yet might easily meet with them when they fled several ways: or, by falling into ditches and pits, which were in that place, ver.17, and probably were covered with grass or wood, so that they could not see them till they fell into them: and especially by David's men, who pursued them, and killed them in the wood: and the wood is rightly said to have devoured them, because it gave the occasion to their destruction, inasmuch as the trees, and ditches, and pits, entangled them, and stopped their flight, and made them an easy prey to David's men, who followed them, and slew them in the pursuit. The sword - In the main battle: the sword being put for the battle, by a common figure.

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2 Samuel 18:7
and the Israelite troops were beaten back by David's men. There was a great slaughter that day, and 20,000 men laid down their lives.

2 Samuel 18:9
During the battle, Absalom happened to come upon some of David's men. He tried to escape on his mule, but as he rode beneath the thick branches of a great tree, his hair got caught in the tree. His mule kept going and left him dangling in the air.

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