13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.

Other Translations of 2 Samuel 18:13

New International Version

13 And if I had put my life in jeopardyOr "Otherwise, if I had acted treacherously toward him" -and nothing is hidden from the king-you would have kept your distance from me."

English Standard Version

13 On the other hand, if I had dealt treacherously against his lifeOr at the risk of my life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof."

The Message

13 Why, I'd be risking my life, for nothing is hidden from the king. And you would have just stood there!"

New King James Version

13 Otherwise I would have dealt falsely against my own life. For there is nothing hidden from the king, and you yourself would have set yourself against me."

New Living Translation

13 And if I had betrayed the king by killing his son-and the king would certainly find out who did it-you yourself would be the first to abandon me."

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:13

Commentary on 2 Samuel 18:9-18

(Read 2 Samuel 18:9-18)

Let young people look upon Absalom, hanging on a tree, accursed, forsaken of heaven and earth; there let them read the Lord's abhorrence of rebellion against parents. Nothing can preserve men from misery and contempt, but heavenly wisdom and the grace of God.