2 Samuel 2:26
Parallel Strong's
Berean Study Bible
Then Abner called out to Joab: “Must the sword devour forever? Do you not realize that this will only end in bitterness? How long before you tell the troops to stop pursuing their brothers?”

Young's Literal Translation
and Abner calleth unto Joab, and saith, ‘For ever doth the sword consume? hast thou not known that it is bitterness in the latter end? and till when dost thou not say to the people to turn back from after their brethren?’

King James Bible
Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?

Then Abner
אַבְנֵ֜ר (’aḇ·nêr)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 74: Abner -- 'my father is a lamp', an Israelite name

called out
וַיִּקְרָ֨א (way·yiq·rā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

אֶל־ (’el-)
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

יוֹאָ֗ב (yō·w·’āḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3097: Joab -- 'the LORD is father', three Israelites

“Must the sword
חֶ֔רֶב (ḥe·reḇ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

devour forever?
תֹּ֣אכַל (tō·ḵal)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 398: To eat

Do you not
הֲל֣וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

יָדַ֔עְתָּה (yā·ḏa‘·tāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

this will only end
בָּאַחֲרוֹנָ֑ה (bā·’a·ḥă·rō·w·nāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 314: Hinder, late, last, western

in bitterness?
מָרָ֥ה (mā·rāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 4751: Bitter, bitterness, bitterly

How long
וְעַד־ (wə·‘aḏ-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

before you tell
וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

the troops
לָעָ֔ם (lā·‘ām)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

to stop
לָשׁ֖וּב (lā·šūḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

מֵאַחֲרֵ֥י (mê·’a·ḥă·rê)
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

their brothers?”
אֲחֵיהֶֽם׃ (’ă·ḥê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 251: A brother, )


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