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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
wench , wensh ( שׁפחה , shiphḥāh ): The word "wench" is found only in 2 Samuel 17:17 the King James Version, where the Revised Version (British and American) has "maid-servant." The Hebrew word shiphḥāh here used is a common term for maid-servant, female slave. the King James Version used the word "wench" to convey the meaning maid-servant, which was a common use of the word at that time, but it is now practically obsolete.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Wench'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/w/wench.html. 1915.