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2 Samuel 14:3-15

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3 Then go to the king and speak to him in this way.' So Joab put the words in her mouth.
4 Now when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself, and said, 'Help, O king!' 5 And the king said to her, 'What is troubling you?' And she answered, 'Truly I am a widow, for my husband is dead. 6 And your servant had two sons, but the two of them fought in the field, and there was no one to save them from each other, so one struck the other and killed him. 7 Now behold, the entire family has risen against your servant, and they have said, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed, and eliminate the heir as well.’ So they will extinguish my coal which is left, so as to leave my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.'
8 Then the king said to the woman, 'Go to your home, and I will issue orders concerning you.' 9 The woman of Tekoa said to the king, 'My lord, the king, the guilt is on me and my father’s house, but the king and his throne are guiltless.' 10 So the king said, 'Whoever speaks to you, bring him to me, and he will not touch you anymore.' 11 Then she said, 'May the king please remember the LORD your God, so that the avenger of blood will not continue to destroy, otherwise they will destroy my son.' And he said, 'As the LORD lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.'
12 Then the woman said, 'Please let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.' And he said, 'Speak.' 13 The woman said, 'Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? For in speaking this word the king is like one who is guilty, in that the king does not bring back his banished one. 14 For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up. Yet God does not take away life, but makes plans so that the banished one will not be cast out from Him. 15 Now then, the reason I have come to speak this word to my lord the king is that the people have made me afraid; so your servant said, ‘Let me now speak to the king, perhaps the king will perform the request of his slave.
King James Version

Chapter 14

3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth. 4 And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king. 5 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead. 6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote the other, and slew him. 7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth. 8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I will give charge concerning thee. 9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house: and the king and his throne be guiltless. 10 And the king said, Whosoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more. 11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember the LORD thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said, As the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth. 12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on. 13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished. 14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. 15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid: and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid.
Christian Standard Bible

Chapter 14

3 Go to the king and speak these words to him." Then Joab told her exactly what to say.
4 When the woman from Tekoa came to the king, she fell facedown to the ground, paid homage, and said, "Help me, Your Majesty! "
5 "What's the matter? " the king asked her."Sadly, I am a widow; my husband died," she said. 6 "Your servant had two sons. They were fighting in the field with no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. 7 Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant and said, 'Hand over the one who killed his brother so we may put him to death for the life of the brother he murdered. We will eliminate the heir! ' They would extinguish my one remaining ember by not preserving my husband's name or posterity on earth."
8 The king told the woman, "Go home. I will issue a command on your behalf."
9 Then the woman of Tekoa said to the king, "My lord the king, may any blame be on me and my father's family, and may the king and his throne be innocent."
10 "Whoever speaks to you," the king said, "bring him to me. He will not trouble you again! "
11 She replied, "Please, may the king invoke the Lord your God, so that the avenger of blood will not increase the loss, and they will not eliminate my son! ""As the Lord lives," he vowed, "not a hair of your son will fall to the ground."
12 Then the woman said, "Please, may your servant speak a word to my lord the king? ""Speak," he replied.
13 The woman asked, "Why have you devised something similar against the people of God? When the king spoke as he did about this matter, he has pronounced his own guilt. The king has not brought back his own banished one. 14 We will certainly die and be like water poured out on the ground, which can't be recovered. But God would not take away a life; he would devise plans so that the one banished from him does not remain banished.
15 "Now therefore, I've come to present this matter to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. Your servant thought: I must speak to the king. Perhaps the king will grant his servant's request.
New Living Translation

Chapter 14

3 Then go to the king and tell him the story I am about to tell you.' Then Joab told her what to say.
4 When the woman from Tekoa approached the king, she bowed with her face to the ground in deep respect and cried out, 'O king! Help me!'
5 'What's the trouble?' the king asked. 'Alas, I am a widow!' she replied. 'My husband is dead. 6 My two sons had a fight out in the field. And since no one was there to stop it, one of them was killed. 7 Now the rest of the family is demanding, 'Let us have your son. We will execute him for murdering his brother. He doesn't deserve to inherit his family's property.' They want to extinguish the only coal I have left, and my husband's name and family will disappear from the face of the earth.'
8 'Leave it to me,' the king told her. 'Go home, and I'll see to it that no one touches him.'
9 'Oh, thank you, my lord the king,' the woman from Tekoa replied. 'If you are criticized for helping me, let the blame fall on me and on my father's house, and let the king and his throne be innocent.'
10 'If anyone objects,' the king said, 'bring him to me. I can assure you he will never complain again!'
11 Then she said, 'Please swear to me by the LORD your God that you won't let anyone take vengeance against my son. I want no more bloodshed.' 'As surely as the LORD lives,' he replied, 'not a hair on your son's head will be disturbed!'
12 'Please allow me to ask one more thing of my lord the king,' she said. 'Go ahead and speak,' he responded.
13 She replied, 'Why don't you do as much for the people of God as you have promised to do for me? You have convicted yourself in making this decision, because you have refused to bring home your own banished son. 14 All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.
15 'I have come to plead with my lord the king because people have threatened me. I said to myself, 'Perhaps the king will listen to me
English Standard Version

Chapter 14

3 Go to the king and speak thus to him.” So Joab put the words in her mouth.
4 When the woman of Tekoa came to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and paid homage and said, “Save me, O king.” 5 And the king said to her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead. 6 And your servant had two sons, and they quarreled with one another in the field. There was no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. 7 And now the whole clan has risen against your servant, and they say, ‘Give up the man who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed.’ And so they would destroy the heir also. Thus they would quench my coal that is left and leave to my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.”
8 Then the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you.” 9 And the woman of Tekoa said to the king, “On me be the guilt, my lord the king, and on my father’s house; let the king and his throne be guiltless.” 10 The king said, “If anyone says anything to you, bring him to me, and he shall never touch you again.” 11 Then she said, “Please let the king invoke the LORD your God, that the avenger of blood kill no more, and my son be not destroyed.” He said, “As the LORD lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”
12 Then the woman said, “Please let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.” He said, “Speak.” 13 And the woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? For in giving this decision the king convicts himself, inasmuch as the king does not bring his banished one home again. 14 We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast. 15 Now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid, and your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his servant.
New International Version

Chapter 14

3 Then go to the king and speak these words to him.' And Joab put the words in her mouth.
4 When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, 'Help me, Your Majesty!'
5 The king asked her, 'What is troubling you?' She said, 'I am a widow; my husband is dead. 6 I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field, and no one was there to separate them. One struck the other and killed him. 7 Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, 'Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed; then we will get rid of the heir as well.' They would put out the only burning coal I have left, leaving my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth."
8 The king said to the woman, 'Go home, and I will issue an order in your behalf.'
9 But the woman from Tekoa said to him, 'Let my lord the king pardon me and my family, and let the king and his throne be without guilt.'
10 The king replied, 'If anyone says anything to you, bring them to me, and they will not bother you again.'
11 She said, 'Then let the king invoke the LORD his God to prevent the avenger of blood from adding to the destruction, so that my son will not be destroyed.' 'As surely as the LORD lives,' he said, 'not one hair of your son's head will fall to the ground.'
12 Then the woman said, 'Let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.' 'Speak,' he replied.
13 The woman said, 'Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son? 14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.
15 And now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. Your servant thought, 'I will speak to the king; perhaps he will grant his servant's request.
La Biblia de las Américas

Chapter 14

3 después ve al rey y háblale de esta manera. Y Joab puso las palabras en su boca.
4 Cuando la mujer de Tecoa habló al rey, cayó sobre su rostro en tierra, y postrándose, dijo: ¡Socorro, oh rey ! 5 Y el rey le dijo: ¿Qué te sucede? Y ella respondió: Ciertamente soy viuda, pues mi marido ha muerto. 6 Tu sierva tenía dos hijos; lucharon entre sí en el campo, y no habiendo quien los apartara, uno hirió al otro y lo mató. 7 Y he aquí que toda la familia se ha levantado contra tu sierva, y dicen: “Entrega al que hirió a su hermano, para que le demos muerte por la vida de su hermano a quien mató, y destruyamos al heredero también.” Así extinguirán el ascua que me queda, no dejando a mi marido nombre ni remanente sobre la faz de la tierra.
8 Respondió el rey a la mujer: Ve a tu casa, y daré órdenes respecto a ti. 9 Y la mujer de Tecoa dijo al rey: Oh rey mi señor, la iniquidad sea sobre mí y sobre la casa de mi padre, pero el rey y su trono sean sin culpa. 10 Entonces el rey dijo: Cualquiera que te hable, tráemelo, y no te molestará más. 11 Y ella dijo: Te ruego, oh rey, que te acuerdes del SEÑOR tu Dios, para que el vengador de sangre no aumente el daño, no sea que destruya a mi hijo. Y él dijo: Vive el SEÑOR, ni un pelo de tu hijo caerá a tierra.
12 Dijo entonces la mujer: Permite que tu sierva diga una palabra a mi señor el rey. Y él dijo: Habla. 13 Y la mujer dijo: ¿Por qué, pues, has pensado tal cosa contra el pueblo de Dios ? Porque al decir esta palabra, el rey se hace como uno que es culpable, ya que el rey no hace volver a su desterrado. 14 Pues ciertamente moriremos ; somos como el agua derramada en tierra que no se vuelve a recoger. Pero Dios no quita la vida, sino designa medios para que el desterrado no sea alejado de él. 15 Ahora, la razón por la cual he venido a decir esta palabra a mi señor el rey, es porque el pueblo me ha atemorizado; por eso tu sierva se dijo: “Hablaré ahora al rey, tal vez el rey cumpla la petición de su sierva.
Nueva Biblia de las Américas

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3 después ve al rey y háblale de esta manera.” Y Joab puso las palabras en su boca.
4 Cuando la mujer de Tecoa habló al rey, cayó sobre su rostro en tierra, y postrándose, dijo: “¡Ayúdeme, oh rey!” 5 “¿Qué te sucede?” le dijo el rey. Ella le respondió: “Ciertamente soy viuda, pues mi marido ha muerto.” 6 “Su sierva tenía dos hijos; lucharon entre sí en el campo, y no habiendo quien los apartara, uno hirió al otro y lo mató. 7 Y toda la familia se ha levantado contra su sierva, y dicen: ‘Entrega al que hirió a su hermano, para que le demos muerte por la vida de su hermano a quien mató, y destruyamos al heredero también.’ Así extinguirán el ascua que me queda, no dejando a mi marido nombre ni remanente sobre la superficie de la tierra.”
8 “Ve a tu casa, y daré órdenes respecto a ti,” el rey respondió a la mujer. 9 Y la mujer de Tecoa dijo al rey: “Oh rey mi señor, la iniquidad sea sobre mí y sobre la casa de mi padre, pero el rey y su trono sean sin culpa.” 10 “Cualquiera que te hable, tráemelo, y no te molestará más,” dijo el rey. 11 Y ella dijo: “Le ruego, oh rey, que se acuerde del SEÑOR su Dios, para que el vengador de sangre no aumente el daño, no sea que destruya a mi hijo.” Y él dijo: “Vive el SEÑOR, ni un pelo de tu hijo caerá a tierra.”
12 Dijo entonces la mujer: “Permita que su sierva diga una palabra a mi señor el rey.” “Habla,” le dijo David. 13 Y la mujer dijo: “¿Por qué, pues, ha pensado tal cosa contra el pueblo de Dios? Porque al decir esta palabra, el rey se hace como uno que es culpable, ya que el rey no hace volver a su desterrado. 14 Pues ciertamente moriremos; somos como el agua derramada en tierra que no se vuelve a recoger. Pero Dios no quita la vida, sino designa medios para que el desterrado no sea alejado de él. 15 Ahora, la razón por la cual he venido a decir esta palabra a mi señor el rey, es porque el pueblo me ha atemorizado; por eso su sierva se dijo: ‘Hablaré ahora al rey, tal vez el rey cumpla la petición de su sierva.
Nueva Versión Internacional

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3 Luego Joab le ordenó presentarse ante el rey, explicándole antes lo que tenía que decirle.
4 Cuando aquella mujer de Tecoa se presentó ante el rey, le hizo una reverencia y se postró rostro en tierra. ?¡Ayúdeme, Su Majestad! —exclamó.
5 ?¿Qué te pasa? —le preguntó el rey. ?Soy una pobre viuda —respondió ella—; mi esposo ha muerto. 6 Esta servidora de Su Majestad tenía dos hijos, los cuales se pusieron a pelear en el campo. Como no había nadie que los separara, uno de ellos le asestó un golpe al otro y lo mató. 7 Pero ahora resulta que toda la familia se ha puesto en contra de esta servidora de Su Majestad. Me exigen que entregue al asesino para que lo maten, y así vengar la muerte de su hermano, aunque al hacerlo eliminen al heredero. La verdad es que de esa manera apagarían la última luz de esperanza que me queda, y dejarían a mi esposo sin nombre ni descendencia sobre la tierra.
8 ?Regresa a tu casa, que yo me encargaré de este asunto —respondió el rey.
9 Pero la mujer de Tecoa replicó: ?Su Majestad, que la culpa caiga sobre mí y sobre mi familia, y no sobre el rey ni su trono.
10 ?Si alguien te amenaza —insistió el rey—, tráemelo para que no vuelva a molestarte.
11 Entonces ella le suplicó: ?¡Ruego a Su Majestad invocar al SEÑOR su Dios, para que quien deba vengar la muerte de mi hijo no aumente mi desgracia matando a mi otro hijo! ?¡Tan cierto como que el SEÑOR vive —respondió el rey—, juro que tu hijo no perderá ni un solo cabello!
12 Pero la mujer siguió diciendo: ?Permita Su Majestad a esta servidora suya decir algo más. ?Habla.
13 ?¿Cómo es que Su Majestad intenta hacer lo mismo contra el pueblo de Dios? Al prometerme usted estas cosas, se declara culpable, pues no deja regresar a su hijo desterrado. 14 Así como el agua que se derrama en tierra no se puede recoger, así también todos tenemos que morir. Pero Dios no nos arrebata la vida, sino que provee los medios para que el desterrado no siga separado de él para siempre.
15 »Yo he venido a hablar con Su Majestad porque hay gente que me ha infundido temor. He pensado: “Voy a hablarle al rey; tal vez me conceda lo que le pida,
Reina-Valera 1960

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3 y entrarás al rey, y le hablarás de esta manera. Y puso Joab las palabras en su boca.
4 Entró, pues, aquella mujer de Tecoa al rey, y postrándose en tierra sobre su rostro, hizo reverencia, y dijo: ¡Socorro, oh rey! 5 El rey le dijo: ¿Qué tienes? Y ella respondió: Yo a la verdad soy una mujer viuda y mi marido ha muerto. 6 Tu sierva tenía dos hijos, y los dos riñeron en el campo; y no habiendo quien los separase, hirió el uno al otro, y lo mató. 7 Y he aquí toda la familia se ha levantado contra tu sierva, diciendo: Entrega al que mató a su hermano, para que le hagamos morir por la vida de su hermano a quien él mató, y matemos también al heredero. Así apagarán el ascua que me ha quedado, no dejando a mi marido nombre ni reliquia sobre la tierra.
8 Entonces el rey dijo a la mujer: Vete a tu casa, y yo daré órdenes con respecto a ti. 9 Y la mujer de Tecoa dijo al rey: Rey señor mío, la maldad sea sobre mí y sobre la casa de mi padre; mas el rey y su trono sean sin culpa. 10 Y el rey dijo: Al que hablare contra ti, tráelo a mí, y no te tocará más. 11 Dijo ella entonces: Te ruego, oh rey, que te acuerdes de Jehová tu Dios, para que el vengador de la sangre no aumente el daño, y no destruya a mi hijo. Y él respondió: Vive Jehová, que no caerá ni un cabello de la cabeza de tu hijo en tierra.
12 Y la mujer dijo: Te ruego que permitas que tu sierva hable una palabra a mi señor el rey. Y él dijo: Habla. 13 Entonces la mujer dijo: ¿Por qué, pues, has pensado tú cosa semejante contra el pueblo de Dios? Porque hablando el rey esta palabra, se hace culpable él mismo, por cuanto el rey no hace volver a su desterrado. 14 Porque de cierto morimos, y somos como aguas derramadas por tierra, que no pueden volver a recogerse; ni Dios quita la vida, sino que provee medios para no alejar de sí al desterrado. 15 Y el haber yo venido ahora para decir esto al rey mi señor, es porque el pueblo me atemorizó; y tu sierva dijo: Hablaré ahora al rey; quizá él hará lo que su sierva diga.
Biblia del Jubileo

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3 y entrando al rey, habla con él de esta manera. Y puso Joab las palabras en su boca. 4 Entró pues aquella mujer de Tecoa al rey, y postrándose en tierra sobre su rostro adoró, y dijo: Oh rey, salve. 5 Y el rey dijo: ¿Qué tienes? Y ella respondió: Yo a la verdad soy una mujer viuda y mi marido es muerto. 6 Y tu sierva tenía dos hijos y los dos riñeron en el campo; y no habiendo quien los separase, hirió el uno al otro, y lo mató. 7 Y he aquí toda la parentela se ha levantado contra tu sierva, diciendo: Entrega al que mató a su hermano, para que le hagamos morir por la vida de su hermano a quien él mató, y quitemos también el heredero. Así apagarán el ascua que me ha quedado, no dejando a mi marido nombre ni reliquia sobre la tierra. 8 Entonces el rey dijo a la mujer: Vete a tu casa, que yo mandaré acerca de ti. 9 Y la mujer de Tecoa dijo al rey: Rey señor mío, la maldad sea sobre mí y sobre la casa de mi padre; mas el rey y su trono sin culpa. 10 Y el rey dijo: Al que hablare contra tí, tráelo a mí, que no te tocará más. 11 Dijo ella entonces: Te ruego, oh rey, que te acuerdes del SEÑOR tu Dios, que no dejes a los vengadores de la sangre aumentar el daño con destruir a mi hijo. Y él respondió: Vive el SEÑOR, que no caerá ni un cabello de la cabeza de tu hijo en tierra. 12 Y la mujer dijo: Te ruego que hable tu criada una palabra a mi señor el rey. Y él dijo: Habla. 13 Entonces la mujer dijo: ¿Por qué pues piensas tú otro tanto contra el pueblo de Dios? Que hablando el rey esta palabra, es como culpado, por cuanto el rey no hace volver a su fugitivo. 14 Porque de cierto morimos, y somos como aguas derramadas por tierra, que no pueden volver a recogerse; ni Dios hace acepción de personas, mas busca la manera para no echar de si al desechado. 15 Y que yo he venido ahora para decir esto al rey mi señor, es porque el pueblo me ha puesto miedo. Mas tu sierva dijo en si: Hablaré ahora al rey; por ventura hará el rey la palabra de su sierva.