2 Samuel 1:26

“I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I am distressed for thee, my brother Ionathan, very pleasant hast thou beene vnto mee: thy loue to mee was wonderfull, passing the loue of women.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful Than the love of women.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: Very pleasant hast thou been unto me: Thy love to me was wonderful, Passing the love of women.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I am full of grief for you, my brother Jonathan: very dear have you been to me: your love for me was a wonder, greater than the love of women.
- Basic English Bible

I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant wast thou unto me; Thy love to me was wonderful, passing women's love.
- Darby Bible

I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been to me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
- Webster's Bible

I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
- World English Bible

I am in distress for thee, my brother Jonathan, Very pleasant wast thou to me; Wonderful was thy love to me, Above the love of women!
- Youngs Literal Bible

I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant hast thou been unto me; wonderful was thy love to me, passing the love of women.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Samuel 1:26


1:26 Distressed - That is, for the loss of thee. For, besides the loss of a true friend, which is inestimable; he lost him who both could, and undoubtedly would have given him a speedy, and quiet, and sure possession of the kingdom, whereas now, he met with long and troublesome interruptions. Of women - That is, that love wherewith they love their husbands, or children for their affections are usually more ardent than mens.


Discussion for 2 Samuel 1:26

  • Josephine for verse 26
    This love is clearly a godly love. Considering what Jonathan did to him, how he helped him escape from his father Saul 's arrow. The goodness of Jonathan remained in David 's heart. Who amongst us today would not love such a person as Jonathan with love more than of a woman or of a man.
  • Blessed for verse 26
    No where in the book of Samuel is there any mention of a sexual relationship between David and Jonathan. Jesus tells us to love our enemies and forgive those who spitefully use us. David loved Jonathan with same love Jesus has for us pure and undefiled as brother and sister. This love breaks the worldly sensual and earthly love or lust and ushers into a pure and undefiled love one another
  • This message is for Gene and whoever is trying to compare this as Homosexual activity you are wrong. Stop trying to Justify Homosexual activity this a demon sprit and whoever is practicing this is a child of the Devil...
  • The Hound Upon The Wall for verse 26
    The actual order to cease homosexual activity was only passed on to one of the tribes of Israel the smallest, which was why this edict was passed. Sodom and Gomorrah were burned because Sodomy is rape not because they were homosexual. If anyone wants to know I took this from the footnotes of my family 's 1867 calvinist bible. It is not for us to judge, only to accept. It is not for us to turn our brothers and sisters away only to treat them as we would be treated ourselves.
  • This love is a pure love like Gods love towards mankind Gods love is like no other they loves each other like brothers like family
  • Derrick for verse 26
    I share this love or bond with my identical twin brother that no one but Jesus Christ can circumvent. We bond on that level I truly believe this is the love that David refers to with Jonathan

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