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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Samuel 14:26


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    King James Bible - 2 Samuel 14:26

    And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.

    World English Bible

    When he cut the
    hair of his head (now it was at every year's end that he cut it; because it was heavy on him, therefore he cut it); he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king's weight.

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Samuel 14:26

    And when he polled his
    hair (now he was polled once a year, because his hair was burdensome to him) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred sicles, according to the common weight.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And when he polled his
    head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.

    Original Hebrew

    ובגלחו
    1548 את 853 ראשׁו 7218 והיה 1961 מקץ 7093 ימים 3117 לימים 3117 אשׁר 834 יגלח 1548 כי 3588 כבד 3513 עליו 5921 וגלחו 1548 ושׁקל 8254 את 853 שׂער 8181 ראשׁו 7218 מאתים 3967 שׁקלים 8255 באבן 68  המלך׃ 4428  

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    VERSE (26) -
    2Sa 18:9 Isa 3:24 1Co 11:14

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 14:26

    Y cuando se cortaba el cabello (lo cual hacía al fin de cada año, pues le causaba molestia, y por eso se lo cortaba), pesaba el cabello de su cabeza doscientos siclos de peso real.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 14:26

    Verse 26. When he polled his
    head] Not at any particular period, but when the hair became too heavy for him. On this account of the extraordinary weight of Absalom's hair, see the observations at the end of this chapter.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 26. And when he polled his
    head , etc.] Or cut off the hair of it; for that was one thing, a good head of hair which he had, that made him look very comely and beautiful: for it was at every year’s end that he polled [it] ; or cut it off once a year; but the Jews say he was a perpetual Nazarite: because [the hair] was heavy upon him, and therefore he polled it ; it grew so very thick and long in one year’s time, that he was obliged to cut it; and what might add to the weight of it, its being oiled and powdered; and, as some say, with the dust of gold, to make it look yellow and glistering: he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king’s weight ; and a shekel being the weight of half an ounce of avoirdupois weight, as Bishop Cumberland has shown from various writers, the weight of his hair must be an hundred ounces; which was a very great weight indeed on his head. Some think that the price it was sold at, and not the weight of it, is meant; which they suppose was sold to women for ornament about their temples, and the money given either to the poor, or for the use of the sanctuary; and reckoning a shekel at two shillings and sixpence, as some do, the value of it came to twenty five pounds of our money; but the above mentioned writer reduces it to about two shillings and four pence farthing; which makes the value somewhat less; but inasmuch as it is not so probable that a person of such rank should sell his hair, nor does it appear that any, such use was made of hair in those times as suggested; and this being said to be according to the king’s weight or stone, by which all weights were to be regulated, it is best to understand this of the weight, and not of the price of his hair; which, according to Josephus f250 , was five pounds; but, according to the above account, it must be six pounds and a quarter. The Jews say this weight was according to what the inhabitants of Tiberias and Zippore used, but do not tell us what it was.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 25-27 - Nothing is said of
    Absalom's wisdom and piety. All here said of him is that he was very handsome. A poor commendation for a man that ha nothing else in him valuable. Many a polluted, deformed soul dwells in a fair and comely body. And we read that he had a very fine head of hair. It was a burden to him, but he would not cut it as long as he could bear the weight. That which feeds and gratifies pride, is no complained of, though uneasy. May the Lord grant us the beauty of holiness, and the adorning of a meek and quiet spirit! Only those wh fear God are truly happy.


    Original Hebrew

    ובגלחו 1548 את 853 ראשׁו 7218 והיה 1961 מקץ 7093 ימים 3117 לימים 3117 אשׁר 834 יגלח 1548 כי 3588 כבד 3513 עליו 5921 וגלחו 1548 ושׁקל 8254 את 853 שׂער 8181 ראשׁו 7218 מאתים 3967 שׁקלים 8255 באבן 68  המלך׃ 4428  


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