2 Samuel 14:26

“And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when he polled his head, (for it was at euery yeres end that he polled it: because the haire was heauy on him, therefore he polled it) hee weighed the haire of his head at two hundred shekels after the kings weight.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When he cut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut {it,} for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king's weight.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when he cut the hair of his head (now it was at every year's end that he cut it; because it was heavy on him, therefore he cut it); he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king's weight.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when he had his hair cut, (which he did at the end of every year, because of the weight of his hair;) the weight of the hair was two hundred shekels by the king's weight.
- Basic English Bible

And when he shaved his head (for it was at every year's end that he shaved it, because it was heavy on him, therefore he shaved it), he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.
- Darby Bible

And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.
- Webster's Bible

When he cut the hair of his head (now it was at every year's end that he cut it; because it was heavy on him, therefore he cut it); he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king's weight.
- World English Bible

and in his polling his head -- and it hath been at the end of year by year that he polleth [it], for it [is] heavy on him, and he hath polled it -- he hath even weighed out the hair of his head -- two hundred shekels by the king's weight.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And when he polled his head--now it was at every year's end that he polled it; because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it--he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king's weight.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Samuel 14:26


14:26 Weighed - Others understand this not of the weight, but of the price of his hair.


Discussion for 2 Samuel 14

  • April
    Yeah, I agree Disciple.I know alot of people still today struggle with pressure to look good in order to fit n,wear what's n styleuse our bodies to get stuff,this can take away a persons character,Did GOD make a mistake in how he made u?,people don't get to see the REAL you,imagen what HE sees when he looks at us,we ARE beautiful,not bc of our earthly appearance,he LOVES you,if only u could c AMEN
  • A disciple
    April; You say it! Young people especially are vulnerable to that seducing spirit; but nowadays folks hold on to that uncleanness right up into their retirement years. A pretty face and a pleasant voice and some understanding and skill to make melody and play instruments; and the heart is drawn away captive. But these days it isn't even beauty anymore, but violence and filth and blasphemy!
  • April
    I must ask,what is it with the vanity complex?think of Lucifer and how he thought he was so beautiful and should be worshiped and a percentage of the the angels followed and were decieved and blinded by his beauty and the way he used words, here it speaks of Absalome with perfect hair, it even speaks of how much it weighs,I think of 1Samuel Ch16:8.just because they're handsome doesn't mean NOTHING
  • A disciple
    ".. and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth." Joab thought Absalom should be the king after David; which was apparently what many in Israel also wanted. The world doesn't want a man of God and the right ways of the LORD to rule over them, and they will conspire to overthrow him.
  • Breeze
    To Kathleen, if you'll notice Absolam is not a righteous man. In trying to understand if something is biblical or not, look at the character of the man. Now in 1 Corinthians, I believe, it talks about nature itself teaches that it is a shame for a man to have long hair. And as I said before, Absolam was not righteous. There is exception with Samson, but as it applies most often long hair is bad.
  • Kathleen Sabado for verse 26
    1 Corithians 11:14 I can 't see any other references of having long hair being shameful on men . What makes him think this? There are several passages that, seem to me, that he just decided using his own preferance. If Jesus or rules handed down from past religious practices? Didn 't The men often have long hair? Obviously, I am not well educated on the bible. I apologize if this question is so simple it offends you. However, I have questions from time to time and the answers are important to me. Thank you for your assistance and patience.

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