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Commentary on Second Samuel

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8, 1 :

Wresting…: the Hebrew text here gives “the bridle of the cubit”; 1 Chr 18, 1 understood “Gath and its dependent villages”; others implausibly read “dominion of the capital city.”

8, 2 :

Two lengths…a full length: usually taken to mean that two‐thirds of them were executed; but it could mean that two‐thirds were spared, if the line was used full length in their case but doubled on itself to make “two lines” for those to be put to death.

8, 13 :

On his return: possibly to Jerusalem, after the revolt of Absalom, a circumstance which this catalogue of victories would avoid mentioning. 1 Chr 18, 13 attributes the defeat of the Edomites to Abishai.

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