2 Samuel 20:18
Text Analysis
Strong'sHebrewEnglishMorphology
559 [e]וַתֹּ֖אמֶר
wat-tō-mer
So she spokeConj-w | V-Qal-ConsecImperf-3fs
559 [e]לֵאמֹ֑ר
lê-mōr;
sayingPrep-l | V-Qal-Inf
1696 [e]דַּבֵּ֨ר
dab-bêr
they usedV-Piel-InfAbs
1696 [e]יְדַבְּר֤וּ
yə-ḏab-bə-rū
to talkV-Piel-Imperf-3mp
7223 [e]בָרִֽאשֹׁנָה֙
ḇā-ri-šō-nāh
in former [times]Prep-b, Art | Adj-fs
559 [e]לֵאמֹ֔ר
lê-mōr,
sayingPrep-l | V-Qal-Inf
7592 [e]שָׁאֹ֧ל
šā-’ōl
surelyV-Qal-InfAbs
7592 [e]יְשָׁאֲל֛וּ
yə-šā-’ă-lū
they shall seek [guidance]V-Piel-Imperf-3mp
59 [e]בְּאָבֵ֖ל
bə-’ā-ḇêl
at AbelPrep-b | N-proper-fs
3651 [e]וְכֵ֥ן
wə-ḵên
soConj-w | Adv
8552 [e]הֵתַֽמּוּ׃
hê-ṯam-mū.
they would end [disputes]V-Hifil-Perf-3cp









Hebrew Texts
שמואל ב 20:18 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
וַתֹּ֖אמֶר לֵאמֹ֑ר דַּבֵּ֨ר יְדַבְּר֤וּ בָרִֽאשֹׁנָה֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר שָׁאֹ֧ל יְשָׁאֲל֛וּ בְּאָבֵ֖ל וְכֵ֥ן הֵתַֽמּוּ׃

שמואל ב 20:18 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
ותאמר לאמר דבר ידברו בראשנה לאמר שאל ישאלו באבל וכן התמו׃

שמואל ב 20:18 Paleo-Hebrew OT: WLC (Font Required)
ותאמר לאמר דבר ידברו בראשנה לאמר שאל ישאלו באבל וכן התמו׃

שמואל ב 20:18 Hebrew Bible
ותאמר לאמר דבר ידברו בראשנה לאמר שאל ישאלו באבל וכן התמו׃

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
Then she spoke, saying, "Formerly they used to say, 'They will surely ask advice at Abel,' and thus they ended the dispute.

King James Bible
Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She said, "In the past they used to say, 'Seek counsel in Abel,' and that's how they settled disputes.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

They were wont, etc. or, They plainly spake in the beginning, saying, Surely they will ask of Abel, and so make an end.

Deuteronomy 20:10,11 When you come near to a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace to it…

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