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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
1 Samuel 9

 

 

Verse 1

man. Hebrew. "ish. App-14.

Kish. Compare 1 Samuel 14:51. 1 Chronicles 8:33; 1 Chronicles 9:39. For the difficulties of the genealogy, see note on 1 Chronicles 8:33.

a Benjamite. As was Saul of Tarsus (Philippians 1:3, Philippians 1:5).

mighty man. Hebrew. gibbor. App-14.


Verse 2

Saul. Many points of resemblance and contrast with Saul of Tarsus.

Name = Asked for: i.e. by man.

children = sons.


Verse 3

lost. Contrast David, who had charge of his father"s "sheep", and "kept them "(1 Samuel 16:11); with Saul, who lost his father"s "asses" (1 Samuel 9:3).

servants = young men. Tradition says "Doeg". Compare 1 Samuel 21:7.


Verse 4

he. Some codices, with Septuagint and Vulgate, read "they", as in 1 Samuel 9:6.

mount = the hill country of.

take thought = be anxious. Compare Matthew 6:25, Matthew 6:27, Matthew 6:28, Matthew 6:31, Matthew 6:34.


Verse 6

Behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

man of God = God"s man: i.e. a prophet, because God"s spokesman. See App-49. (Hebrew. "ish and Elohim)

man. Hebrew. "ish. App-14.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4. Literally "the God".


Verse 7

present. Hebrew. teshurah. Occurs only here. It is from shur, to behold. Hence, that which procures and secures an interview, or sight of the person sought.


Verse 8

shekel. See App-51.

that will I give. Septuagint reads "which thou canst give".


Verse 9

Beforetime. Note the parenthesis.

seer. Hebrew. ro"eh = a seer of visions. Another name for seer was chozeh, which referred rather to spiritual apprehension of what was seen. In 1 Chronicles 29:29 all three words occur in the same verse.

Prophet. Hebrew. nab"i = one who spoke for or was moved by God.


Verse 10

let. Some codices, with one early printed edition, and Septuagint, read "and let".


Verse 11

up the hill = by the ascent of.


Verse 12

of = by. Genitive of Instrument. See App-17.

the high place. In Numbers 21:19 = Bamoth-Baal. Shiloh was now forsaken. No "place" within the meaning of Deut 12. Compare 1 Samuel 7:10, 1 Samuel 7:17.


Verse 14

out against = opposite, so as to meet them.


Verse 15

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

told Samuel in his ear = opened or uncovered the ear of Samuel.

a = one.


Verse 16

captain = leader.

My people. Aramaean and Syriac read "the oppression". In that case the Figure of speech Ellipsis should be supplied after it, "of My People" being implied.


Verse 17

reign = control, restrain, or rule.


Verse 18

in the gate. Hebrew "in the midst of the gate": i.e. the open place near the gate where judgment was given.


Verse 20

mind. Hebrew "heart " = "do not regard them".


Verse 21

Am not I . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis. App-6.

the smallest. Very true, since the events recorded in Judges 20:35.

so to me = according to this word.


Verse 24

left! = reserved.


Verse 27

the word of God. First occurrence of this expression. "Word of Jehovah "frequent from Genesis 15:1.

God = Elohim. App-4. Creation relationship.

 


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Bibliography Information
Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 9:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-samuel-9.html. 1909-1922.

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