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2 Samuel 23:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But the ungodly shall be all of them as thorns to be thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with the hand;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But [the sons] of Belial [shall be] all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns, Because they cannot be taken in hand;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But [the sons] of Belial [shall be] all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But [the sons] of Belial [are] all of them as thorns thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with hands;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, as for the abandoned, like thorns to be tossed away are they all,—For, not with the hand, can they be taken;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— As to the worthless—As a thorn driven away [are] all of them, For—not by hand are they taken;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But transgressors shall all of them be plucked up as thorns: which are not taken away with hands.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But [the sonnes] of Belial [shall bee] all of them as thornes thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands,
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— All these [are] as a thorn thrust forth, for they shall not be taken with the hand,
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— But [the sons] of Beliyyaal [shall be] all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But [the sons] of Bliyya`al בְּלִיַּעַל 1100
{1100} Prime
From H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H0376, H0802, H1121, etc.).
[shall be] all x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
of them as thorns 6975
{6975} Prime
From H6972 (in the sense of pricking); a thorn.
thrust away, 5074
{5074} Prime
A primitive root; properly to wave to and fro (rarely to flap up and down); figuratively to rove, flee, or (causatively) to drive away.
<8716> Grammar
Stem - Hophal (See H8825)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 113
because x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
they cannot x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
be taken 3947
{3947} Prime
A primitive root; to take (in the widest variety of applications).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
with hands: 3027
{3027} Prime
A primitive word; a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Samuel 23:6

_ _ But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns — that is, the wicked enemies and persecutors of this kingdom of righteousness. They resemble those prickly, thorny plants which are twisted together, whose spires point in every direction, and which are so sharp and strong that they cannot be touched or approached without danger; but hard instruments and violent means must be taken to destroy or uproot them. So God will remove or destroy all who are opposed to this kingdom.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Samuel 23:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Samuel 23:6

But — Having in the foregoing verses described the nature, and stability of that kingdom which God had by a sure covenant settled upon him and his seed; and especially, upon the Messiah, who was to be one of his posterity; he now describes the nature and miserable condition, of all the enemies of this holy and blessed kingdom. As thorns — Which men do not use to handle, but thrust them away. And so will God thrust away from himself, and from his people, and kingdom, all those who shall either secretly or openly set themselves against it.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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the sons:

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name [was] Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.
Deuteronomy 13:13 [Certain] men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;
1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli [were] sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.


Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Song of Songs 2:2 As the lily among thorns, so [is] my love among the daughters.
Isaiah 33:12 And the people shall be [as] the burnings of lime: [as] thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns [be] with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they [be] a rebellious house.
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