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1 Kings 2:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I am going the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I go the way of all the earth: be of good courage therefore, and be a man;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I, am going the way of all the earth,—thou must be strong, therefore, and show thyself a man;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'I am going in the way of all the earth, and thou hast been strong, and become a man,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I am going the way of all flesh: take thou courage and shew thyself a man.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I goe the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thy selfe a man.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— but be thou strong, and shew thyself a man;
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I x595
(0595) Complement
A primitive pronoun; I.
go 1980
{1980} Prime
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
the way 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
of all x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
the earth: 776
{0776} Prime
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
be thou strong 2388
{2388} Prime
A primitive root; to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (figuratively courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
therefore, and shew x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
thyself a man; 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Kings 2:2

_ _ I go the way of all the earth — a beautiful and impressive periphrasis for death.

_ _ be thou strong, ... show thyself a man — This counsel is similar to the apostolic direction (1 Corinthians 16:13) and refers to the fortitude or strength of mind that was required to discharge the onerous functions of king.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Kings 2:1-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Kings 2:2

I go the way, &c. — Even the sons and heirs of heaven, must go the way of all the earth, of all who dwell thereon. But they walk with pleasure in this way, thro' the valley of the shadow of death. Prophets, yea kings must go this way to brighter light and honour than prophecy or sovereignty. Be strong — For, to govern his people according to the law of God, requires great fortitude, or strength of mind. And a man — In manly wisdom, and courage, and constancy, though thou art but young in years.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Kings 2:2

I go the (a) way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;

(a) I am ready to die as all men must.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
I go:

Joshua 23:14 And, behold, this day I [am] going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, [and] not one thing hath failed thereof.
Job 16:22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way [whence] I shall not return.
Job 30:23 For I know [that] thou wilt bring me [to] death, and [to] the house appointed for all living.
Psalms 89:48 What man [is he that] liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

be thou:

Deuteronomy 17:19-20 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: ... That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, [to] the right hand, or [to] the left: to the end that he may prolong [his] days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Joshua 1:6-7 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. ... Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it [to] the right hand or [to] the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

and show:

1 Kings 3:7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I [am but] a little child: I know not [how] to go out or come in.
2 Samuel 10:12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
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Dt 17:19; 31:6. Jsh 1:6; 23:14. 2S 10:12. 1K 3:7. 1Ch 28:20. Jb 16:22; 30:23. Ps 89:48. Ec 12:13. 1Co 16:13. Ep 6:10. 1Ti 4:12. 2Ti 2:1. He 9:27.

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