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2 Samuel 16:21-22 New English Translation (NET Bible)

21 Ahithophel replied to Absalom, “Sleep with[a] your father’s concubines whom he left to care for the palace. All Israel will hear that you have made yourself repulsive to your father. Then your followers will be motivated to support you.”[b] 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof,[c] and Absalom slept with[d] his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.


  1. 2 Samuel 16:21 tn Heb “approach,” The verb בּוֹא (boʾ) with the preposition אֶל (ʾel) means “come to” or “approach,” but is also used as a euphemism for sexual relations.
  2. 2 Samuel 16:21 tn Heb “and the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened.”
  3. 2 Samuel 16:22 sn That is, on top of the flat roof of the palace, so it would be visible to the public.
  4. 2 Samuel 16:22 tn Heb “approached.” See note at v. 21.
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