New Living Translation
Then King David said to his officials, "Don't you realize that a great commander has fallen today in Israel?
King James Bible
And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
World English Bible
The king said to his servants, "Don't you know that there a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?
Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith unto his servants, 'Do ye not know that a prince and a great one hath fallen this day in Israel?
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:38 Know ye not, and c. - But how little, how mean are they made by death, who were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
2 Samuel 3:37
So everyone in Judah and all Israel understood that David was not responsible for Abner's murder.
2 Samuel 3:39
And even though I am the anointed king, these two sons of Zeruiah--Joab and Abishai--are too strong for me to control. So may the LORD repay these evil men for their evil deeds."
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