2 Samuel 4:10

“When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, ( thinking to haue brought good tidings) I tooke hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would haue giuen him a reward for his tidings:”

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When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who [thought] that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:
- King James Version

when one told me, saying, 'Behold, Saul is dead,' and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for {his} news.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

when one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his tidings.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When one came to me with the news of Saul's death, in the belief that it would be good news, I took him and put him to death in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news:
- Basic English Bible

when one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead! and he was in his own sight a messenger of good, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag -- to whom forsooth I should give a reward for his good tidings:
- Darby Bible

When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, (thinking to have brought good tidings,) I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:
- Webster's Bible

when someone told me, 'Behold, Saul is dead,' thinking to have brought good news, I took hold of him, and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news.
- World English Bible

when one is declaring to me, saying, Lo, Saul is dead, and he was as a bearer of tidings in his own eyes, then I take hold on him, and slay him in Ziklag, instead of my giving to him [for] the tidings.
- Youngs Literal Bible

when one told me, saying: Behold, Saul is dead, and he was in his own eyes as though he brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, instead of giving a reward for his tidings.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for 2 Samuel 4

  • Pam
    I looked this up. To smote under the fifth rib and this is because of the heart and a quick death is assured.
  • Robert
    Asahel was killed by Abner by a spear under the fifth rib 2 Samuel 2:23. Abner was killed by Joab Abishai the same way because it was the way Abner killed their brother Asahel 2 Samuel 2:27, 30. Ishbosheth was killed the same way because under the fifth rib is the heart. A well known way to kill someone so as to be sure they would die.
  • Lillie
    Why was everyone smitten under the fifth rib?
  • Zimba Aaron for verse 6
    Glory be to GOD the almight
  • Mary
    2 Samuel 4:5-10 Principle illustrated: God delivered David from his adversaries so he could slay Saul in Ziklag. Rechab and Ba’anah stabbed and then beheaded Ishbo’sheth while he was sleeping. They brought the head to David and said “the Lord hath avenged my lord the King this day of Saul, and of his seed.” David then told them that God had already delivered him from his adversaries because he had killed Saul at Ziklag. David knew that he had been delivered from his adversaries. In a way I could imagine how David felt when he realized that his adversaries were dealt with. I actually experienced that feeling recently. I was fully committed to do well on a test I had recently and God gave me sweet victory over it! I was so happy that I wanted to start singing the “Doxology,” but I did not because I was still in class. God is so good! I love him so much.
  • Marie
    question? is there a significant to the phrae found in 2 samuel 4 chapter and verse 6. and he "smote him under the fifth rib"

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