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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Footman,

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a word employed in the English Bible in two senses:
  1. Generally, to distinguish those of the fighting men who went on foot from those who were on horseback or in chariots;
  2. In a more special sense, in (1 Samuel 22:17 ) only, and as the translation of a different term from the above --a body of swift runners in attendance on the king. This body appears to have been afterwards kept up, and to have been distinct from the body-guard --the six hundred and thirty-- who were originated by David. See (1 Kings 14:27,28 ; 2 Kings 11:4,6,11,13,19 ; 2 Chronicles 12:10,11 ) In each of these cases the word is the same as the above, and is rendered "guard," with "runners" in the margin in two instances - (1 Kings 14:27 ; 2 Kings 11:13 )

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Footman,'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/f/footman.html. 1901.

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