Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and behind, he chose from all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians.

New American Standard Bible

Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and in the rear, he selected from all the choice men of Israel, and arrayed them against the Arameans.

King James Version

When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:

Holman Bible

When Joab saw that there was a battle line in front of him and another behind him, he chose some men out of all the elite troops of Israel and lined up in battle formation to engage the Arameans.

International Standard Version

When Joab observed that the battle lines were set up to oppose him both in front and behind, he appointed the best troops in Israel and arrayed them to oppose the Arameans,

American Standard Version

Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:

Amplified

Now when Joab saw that the battlefront was against him in front and in the rear, he selected some of all the choice men in Israel and set them in battle formation to meet the Arameans (Syrians).

Bible in Basic English

Now when Joab saw that their forces were in position against him in front and at his back, he took the best of the men of Israel and put them in line against the Aramaeans;

Darby Translation

And Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind; and he chose out of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians;

Julia Smith Translation

And Joab will see that the face of the battle was against him from before and from behind, and he will choose from all the chosen in Israel and will arrange for the meeting of Aram:

King James 2000

When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both before and behind, he chose some of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:

Lexham Expanded Bible

When Joab saw that {the battle was to be fought on two fronts}, he chose from all [the] members of the elite troops of Israel and {lined them up for battle} to meet Aram.

Modern King James verseion

And Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind. And he chose from all the choice ones of Israel, and put them in order against the Syrians.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

When Joab saw that the front of the battle was before and after, he chose of all the best of Israel and put them in array against the Syrians.

NET Bible

When Joab saw that the battle would be fought on two fronts, he chose some of Israel's best men and deployed them against the Arameans.

New Heart English Bible

Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:

The Emphasized Bible

And, when Joab saw that the front of the battle was towards him, before and behind, he chose out of all the chosen men of Israel, and set them in array against the Syrians;

Webster

When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he selected of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:

World English Bible

Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians:

Youngs Literal Translation

and Joab seeth that the front of the battle hath been unto him before and behind, and he chooseth of all the chosen in Israel, and setteth in array to meet Aram,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
יואב 
Yow'ab 
Usage: 145

saw
ראה 
Ra'ah 
Usage: 1308

that the front
פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

of the battle
מלחמה 
Milchamah 
Usage: 319

פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

and behind
אחר אחור 
'achowr 
Usage: 41

he chose
בּחר 
Bachar 
Usage: 169

of all the choice
בּחר 
Bachar 
Usage: 169

men of Israel
ישׂראל 
Yisra'el 
Usage: 2505

and put them in array
ערך 
`arak 
Usage: 76

קראה 
Qir'ah 
Usage: 99

References

Hastings

War

Morish

Watsons

War

Context Readings

Israel Fights Ammon And Aram

8 And the sons of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entrance of the gate. And the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, and the men of Tob and Maacah, were by themselves in the field. 9 Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and behind, he chose from all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians. 10 And the rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother. And he put them in array against the sons of Ammon.


Cross References

Joshua 8:21-22

And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and killed the men of Ai.

Judges 20:42-43

Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel to the way of the wilderness. But the battle followed hard after them, and those who came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst of it.

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