2 Samuel 1:18

“(Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

(Also hee bade them teach the children of Iudah the vse of the bow: behold, it is written in the booke of Iasher.)
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and he told {them} to teach the sons of Judah {the song of} the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(and he bade them teach the children of Judah `the song of' the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar):
- American Standard Version (1901)

(It is recorded in the book of Jashar for teaching to the sons of Judah) and he said:
- Basic English Bible

and he bade them teach the children of Judah [the song of] the bow. Behold, it is written in the book of Jasher: --
- Darby Bible

(Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
- Webster's Bible

(and he commanded them to teach the children of Judah [the song of] the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar):
- World English Bible

and he saith to teach the sons of Judah `The Bow;' lo, it is written on the book of the Upright: --
- Youngs Literal Bible

and said--To teach the sons of Judah the bow. Behold, it is written in the book of Jashar:
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Samuel 1:18


1:18 Judah - These he more particularly teacheth, because they were the chief, and now the royal tribe, and likely to be the great bulwark to all Israel against the Philistines, upon whose land they bordered; and withal, to be the most true to him, and to his interest. The bow - That is, of their arms, expressed, under the name of the bow, which then was one of the chief weapons; and for the dextrous use whereof Jonathan is commended in the following song: which may be one reason, why he now gives forth this order, that so they might strive to imitate Jonathan in military skill, and to excel in it, as he did. Jasher - It is more largely and particularly described in the book of Jasher.


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