2 Samuel 5:23
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New International Version
so David inquired of the LORD, and he answered, "Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.


New American Standard Bible
When David inquired of the LORD, He said, "You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees.


King James Bible
And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
So David inquired of the LORD, and He answered, "Do not make a frontal assault. Circle around behind them and attack them opposite the balsam trees.


International Standard Version
When David asked the LORD about it, he said, "Don't attack them directly. Instead, go around to the rear and attack them opposite those balsam trees.


American Standard Version
And when David inquired of Jehovah, he said, Thou shalt not go up: make a circuit behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees.


Douay-Rheims Bible
And David consulted the Lord: Shall I go up against the Philistines, and wilt thou deliver them into my hands? He answered: Go not up against them, but fetch a compass behind them, and thou shalt come upon them over against the pear trees.


Darby Bible Translation
And David inquired of Jehovah; and he said, Thou shalt not go up; turn round behind them and come upon them opposite the mulberry-trees.


Young's Literal Translation
and David asketh of Jehovah, and He saith, 'Thou dost not go up, turn round unto their rear, and thou hast come to them over-against the mulberries,
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Context
David Defeats the Philistines

17But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold. 18The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 19And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? will you deliver them into my hand? And the LORD said to David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand. 20And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD has broken forth on my enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim. 21And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them. 22And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 23And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, You shall not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come on them over against the mulberry trees. 24And let it be, when you hear the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then you shall bestir yourself: for then shall the LORD go out before you, to smite the host of the Philistines. 25And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until you come to Gazer.
Cross References
1 Samuel 22:15
Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute any thing to his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for your servant knew nothing of all this, less or more.


1 Samuel 23:2
Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said to David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.


2 Samuel 5:19
And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? will you deliver them into my hand? And the LORD said to David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.


1 Chronicles 14:14
Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said to him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come on them over against the mulberry trees.


Treasury of Scripture

And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, You shall not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come on them over against the mulberry trees.

enquired

2 Samuel 5:19 And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? will you deliver them into my hand?...

fetch

Joshua 8:2,7 And you shall do to Ai and her king as you did to Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof...

1 Chronicles 14:14 Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said to him, Go not up after them; turn away from them...

Matthew 9:29,30 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it to you...

Matthew 8:23-25 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him...

John 9:6,7 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay...

the mulberry trees. The word {bechaim} rendered mulberry trees, is rendered Aquila, (), pear-trees, as the LXX. also render in

1 Chronicles 14:14,15 Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said to him, Go not up after them; turn away from them...

; and so the Vulgate in both places has {pyrorum}. The Rabbins, however, believe {bacha} signifies the {mulberry-tree}; with whom Ursinus agrees. It more probably denotes a large shrub which the Arabs still call {baca}, from its {distilling} an odoriferous gum, from {bachah} to {distil}, as tears. Of this opinion is Celsius, who quotes a passage from {Abulfadi}, who describes it as a balsam shrub, having long leaves, and bearing a large fruit with an acrid taste. M. Forskal mentions a tree by the name of {baeca}, with leaves rather ovated??, smooth, entire: its berries are poisonous to the sheep.

Strong's Concordance
And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; [but] fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
Topical Bible
Asketh Attack Balsam Behind Circle Circuit Compass David Directions Directly Fetch Front Hast Inquired Mulberries Mulberry Mulberry-trees Opposite Over-against Rear Round Spice-trees Straight Trees Turn
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2 Samuel Chapter 5 Verse 23

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OT History: 2 Samuel 5:23 When David inquired of Yahweh he said (2Sa iiSam 2 Sam ii sam)
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