2 Samuel 15:7
Good News Translation
After four years Absalom said to King David, "Sir, let me go to Hebron and keep a promise I made to the LORD.

New Revised Standard Version
At the end of four years Absalom said to the king, “Please let me go to Hebron and pay the vow that I have made to the LORD.

Contemporary English Version
Four years later, Absalom said to David, "Please, let me go to Hebron. I have to keep a promise that I made to the LORD,

New American Bible
After a period of four years, Absalom said to the king: “Please let me go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the LORD.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after forty years, Absalom said to king David: Let me go, and pay my vows which I have vowed to the Lord in Hebron.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And after forty years, Absalom said to king David: Let me go, and pay my vows which I have vowed to the Lord in Hebron.


2983 B.C.

1021 An. Ex. Is.

forty years As David reigned in the whole only forty years, this reading is evidently corrupt, though supported by the commonly printed Vulgate, LXX., and Chaldee. but the Syriac, Arabic, Josephus, and several MSS of the same version, read FOUR years; and it is highly probable that {arbaim}, FORTY, is an error for {arba}, FOUR, though not supported by any Hebrew MS yet discovered. Two of those collated by Dr. Kennicott, however, have {yom}, `day' instead of {shanah}, `year', i.e., {forty days} instead of {forty years}; but this is not sufficient to outweigh the other authorities.

2 Samuel 13:38 And Absalom after he was fled, and come into Gessur, was there three years.

1 Samuel 16:1,13 And the Lord said to Samuel: How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, whom I have rejected from reigning over Israel? fill thy horn with oil, and come, that I may send thee to Isai, the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. . . .

let me go

2 Samuel 13:24-27 And he came to the king, and said to him: Behold thy servant's sheep are shorn. Let the king, I pray, with his servants come to his servant. . . .


1 Samuel 16:2 And Samuel said: How shall I go? for Saul will hear of it, and he will kill me. And the Lord said: Thou shalt take with thee a calf of the herd, and thou shalt say: I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifices of the wicked are abominable, because they are offered of wickedness.

Isaiah 58:4 Behold you fast for debates and strife, and strike with the fist wickedly. Do not fast as you have done until this day, to make your cry to be heard on high.

Matthew 2:8 And sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go and diligently inquire after the child, and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come and adore him.

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour the houses of widows, praying long prayers. For this you shall receive the greater judgment.

Absalom's Conspiracy
6And this he did to all Israel that came for judgment, to be heard by the king, and he enticed the hearts of the men of Israel. 7And after forty years, Absalom said to king David: Let me go, and pay my vows which I have vowed to the Lord in Hebron.8For thy servant made a vow, when he was in Gessur of Syria, saying: If the Lord shall bring me again into Jerusalem, I will offer sacrifice to the Lord.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 3:2
And sons were born to David in Hebron: and his firstborn was Ammon of Achinoam the Jezrahelitess:

2 Samuel 3:3
And his second Cheleab of Abigail the wife of Nabal of Carmel: and the third Absalom the son of Maacha the daughter of Tholmai king of Gessur:

2 Samuel 15:6
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