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(hyoo' sshi) Personal name meaning, “quick,” “from Hushah,” or “gift of brotherhood.” The name could represent copying transposition from an original Shuah. See Joshua 16:2 ). Hushai was “David's friend” (2 Samuel 15:37 ), probably referring to an official government post as in Egypt, a close personal adviser somewhat like the secretary of state. As David escaped, leaving Jerusalem to his son Absalom, Hushai joined him, mourning (2 Samuel 15:32 ). David sent him back to deceive Absalom (2 Samuel 15:34 ; 2 Samuel 16:16-19 ). His counsel to Absalom bought time for David to establish new headquarters and gather forces for new strategy (2 Samuel 17:1 ).

Solomon's commissioner in charge of collecting royal provisions in Asher was the son of Hushai, perhaps the same as “David's friend” (1 Kings 4:16 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Hushai'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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