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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

1 Samuel 25

Verse 1

lamented . As for a second Moses. Compare Jeremiah 15:1 .

in = by, or near.

down . Topography here is most exact. It is a continuous descent to the Negeb for more than a day's journey.

Verse 2

man . Hebrew. 'ish. App-14 .

possessions were : or, business [was].

Verse 3

the man . Note the introversion of the four lines of this verse: x Nabal.: y Abigail,: y Abigail.: x Nabal.: Nabal = foolish.:

of the house of Caleb = a Calebite. But Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic have translated the word "cynical".

Verse 6

him that liveth = the bon vivant.

Verse 8

servants . Some codices, with one early printed edition, read "servant".

Verse 11

water . Septuagint reads "wine".

men . Hebrew. 'enosh. App-14 .

Verse 13

stuff = baggage.

Verse 14

Behold . Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6 .

railed on them = flew at them, or stormed at them.

Verse 17

evil . Hebrew. ra'a`. App-44 .

Verse 18

and. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton ( App-6 ), emphasising Abigail's thought and care, as well as rapidity. measures. See App-51 .

Verse 22

God. Hebrew. Elohim . App-4 .

any , &c. = any male.

Verse 24

iniquity . Hebrew ' avah. App-44 .

Verse 26

the LORD . Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4 .

soul . Hebrew. nephesh. App-13 .

coming to shed blood = wading in blood (as we say). Compare 1 Samuel 25:26 .

avenging = saving.

Verse 27

blessing = present.

brought . Verb is masculine; and is so when women act in masculine way, and feminine when men act in feminine way.

Verse 28

trespass . Hebrew. pasha`. App-44 .

Verse 29

man. Hebrew. 'adam. App-14 .

bundle of life = bag (as in 1 Samuel 17:40 , 1 Samuel 17:49 ) of the living.

sling out : i.e. like the stones in David's sling.

Verse 31

shed blood causeless = shed innocent blood. Figure of speech Antimereia (of Adverb). App-6 .

avenged = saved.

Verse 33

advice = good taste.

Verse 35

accepted thy person = uplifted thy face.

Verse 36

behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6 .

feast = banquet or drinking feast. Compare 2 Samuel 13:28 .

Verse 37

heart died . Figure of speech Hyperbole. App-6 .

Verse 39

wickedness . Hebrew. ra ` a`. App-44 .

Verse 41

wash the feet , &c. This was and is the most menial service.

Verse 42

went . See note on "brought", 1 Samuel 25:27 .

Verse 44

Michal . Compare 2 Samuel 3:14 , 2 Samuel 3:15 ,

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 25". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/1-samuel-25.html. 1909-1922.