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Now the entire family has risen up against your servant, saying, ‘Turn over the one who struck down his brother, so that we can execute him and avenge the death[a] of his brother whom he killed. In so doing we will also destroy the heir.’ They want to extinguish my remaining coal,[b] leaving no one on the face of the earth to carry on the name of my husband.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 14:7 tn Heb “in exchange for the life.” The Hebrew preposition ב (bet, “in”) here is the so-called bet pretii, or bet (ב) of price, defining the value attached to someone or something.
  2. 2 Samuel 14:7 sn My remaining coal is here metaphorical language, describing the one remaining son as her only source of lingering hope for continuing the family line.

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