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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

1 Samuel 8



Verse 1

old. From 1 Samuel 28:3 he predeceased Saul by about two years. Consequently he acted for thirty-eight years after Saul"s anointing (i.e. 1000-962 B.C.) When he anointed David he would be about eighty-six; and lived to about the age of Eli, ninety-eight years.

Verse 3

turned aside, &c.: i.e. stooped to extortion. took bribes: contrary to Deuteronomy 16:19.

Verse 5

Behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

make us a king. Compare Hosea 13:10, Hosea 13:11. Acts 13:20, Acts 13:21. Note the words "gave judges "and "desired a king". The Hebrew monarchy thus began with the choosing of Saul, and ended with the choosing of Caesar.

Verse 6

displeased = was evil in the eyes of: i.e. evil, in not waiting for God"s time and for God"s king, as promised. Genesis 17:6, Genesis 17:16; Genesis 35:11; Genesis 49:10. Numbers 24:17. Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Verse 11

This will be, &c. Fulfilled, 1 Samuel 14:62.

Verse 12

ear = plough (Anglo-Saxon, erian).

Verse 15

your vineyards. Compare 1 Kings 21:7.

Verse 16

young men. Septuagint reads "oxen".

Verse 18

hear = answer.

Verse 21

the ears. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6.

Verse 22

men. Hebrew. "enosh. App-14.

man. Hebrew. "ish. App-14.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 8:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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