The king commanded Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, “Treat the young man Absalom gently for my sake.” All the people heard the king’s orders to all the commanders about Absalom.

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12 The man replied to Joab, “Even if I had the weight of a thousand pieces of silver[a] in my hand, I would not raise my hand against the king’s son. For we heard the king command you, Abishai, and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for me.’[b](A)

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Footnotes

  1. 18:12 About 25 pounds of silver
  2. 18:12 Some Hb mss, LXX, Tg, Vg; other Hb mss read ‘Protect, whoever, the young man Absalom’; Hb obscure

14 Joab said, “I’m not going to waste time with you!” He then took three spears[a] in his hand and thrust them into Absalom’s chest. While Absalom was still alive in the oak tree,

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Footnotes

  1. 18:14 Lit rods

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