20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

Other Translations of 2 Samuel 16:20

New International Version

20 Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give us your advice. What should we do?"

English Standard Version

20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your counsel. What shall we do?"

The Message

20 Then Absalom spoke to Ahithophel, "Are you ready to give counsel? What do we do next?"

New King James Version

20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give counsel as to what we should do."

New Living Translation

20 Then Absalom turned to Ahithophel and asked him, "What should I do next?"

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Samuel 16:20

Commentary on 2 Samuel 16:15-23

(Read 2 Samuel 16:15-23)

The wisest counsellors of that age were Ahithophel and Hushai: Absalom thinks himself sure of success, when he has both; on them he relies, and consults not the ark, though he had that with him. But miserable counsellors were they both. Hushai would never counsel him to do wisely. Ahithophel counselled him to do wickedly; and so did as effectually betray him, as he did, who was designedly false to him: for they that advise men to sin, certainly advise them to their hurt. After all, honesty is the best policy, and will be found so in the long run. Ahithophel gave wicked counsel to Absalom; to render himself so hateful to his father, that he would never be reconciled to him; this cursed policy was of the devil. How desperately wicked is the human heart!