2 Samuel 16:2

“And the King saide vnto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba saide, The asses bee for the kings houshold to ride on, and the bread and summer fruit for the yong men to eate, and the wine, that such as be faint in the wildernesse, may drinke.”

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Other Translations

And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses [be] for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.
- King James Version

The king said to Ziba, "Why do you have these? And Ziba said, "The donkeys are for the king's household to ride, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine, for whoever is faint in the wilderness to drink.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And David said to Ziba, What is your reason for this? And Ziba said, The asses are for the use of the king's people, and the bread and the fruit are food for the young men; and the wine is for drink for those who are overcome by weariness in the waste land.
- Basic English Bible

And the king said to Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruits for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.
- Darby Bible

And the king said to Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.
- Webster's Bible

The king said to Ziba, What do you mean by these? Ziba said, The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.
- World English Bible

And the king saith unto Ziba, `What -- these to thee?' and Ziba saith, `The asses for the household of the king to ride on, and the bread and the summer-fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for the wearied to drink in the wilderness.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the king said unto Ziba: 'What meanest thou by these?' And Ziba said: 'The asses are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for 2 Samuel 16

  • Biblefan
    Absalom seems as sleazy as Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay. The Bible doesn't seem so far fetched when u compare with the wantoness and lust of today's dictators (and elected officials for that matter). We all know what happened to Absalom, Uday, and Qusay. - this particular chapter isn't for kids to read. I've read in the orthodox community - they wait til 30 yr age to read certain texts.
  • Carlos Angel Rey
    Could this be considered a civil war in Israel?
  • April
    I hope we all can learn from David,he made some mistakes,yes,but he OWNED them and didn't blame GOD for His own ACTIONS and choices,GOD doesn't just follow through with things bc we pray and ask,he also follows through with HIS words,and when we stray from this path,we stray from the straight and narrow,GOD will put us where he wants us,either u can go willgly or struggle and have hardship,U PICK.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    What a hard time for David. It is prophesy fulfilled: 2 Samuel 12: 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
  • Eaglesrock
    David was reaping what he had sown by killing an innocent man and committing adaultry.
  • Fletcher for verse 12
    King David was very wise and learned because of his great suffering. King David loved God when he went through adversity and considered his ways! He was sensitive to God 's Spirit.

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