6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, grieved: Heb. bitter every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
English Standard Version
6 And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul,Compare 22:2 each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
6 And suddenly David was in even worse trouble. There was talk among the men, bitter over the loss of their families, of stoning him.
New King James Version
6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
New Living Translation
6 David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
When we go abroad in the way of our duty, we may comfortably hope that God will take care of our families in our absence, but not otherwise. If, when we come off a journey, we find our abode in peace, and not laid waste, as David here found his, let the Lord be praised for it. David's men murmured against him. Great faith must expect such severe trials. But, observe, that David was brought thus low, only just before he was raised to the throne. When things are at the worst with the church and people of God, then they begin to mend. David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. His men fretted at their loss, the soul of the people was bitter; their own discontent and impatience added to the affliction and misery. But David bore it better, though he had more reason than any of them to lament it. They gave liberty to their passions, but he set his graces to work; and while they dispirited each other, he, by encouraging himself in God, kept his spirit calm. Those who have taken the Lord for their God, may take encouragement from him in the worst times.