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1 Samuel 11:8

    1 Samuel 11:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he numbered them in Bezek; and the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he had them numbered in Bezek: the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

    Webster's Revision

    And he numbered them in Bezek; and the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

    World English Bible

    He numbered them in Bezek; and the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he numbered them in Bezek; and the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Samuel 11:8

    The children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand - This was a vast army, but the Septuagint make it even more: "All the men of Israel were ἑξακοσιας χιλιαδας, Six Hundred thousand; and the men of Judah ἑβδομηκοντα χιλιαδας, Seventy thousand." Josephus goes yet higher with the number of the Israelites: "He found the number of those whom he had gathered together to be ἑβδομηκοντα μυριαδας Seven Hundred thousand." Those of the tribe of Judah he makes seventy thousand, with the Septuagint. These numbers are not all right; and I suspect even the Hebrew text to be exaggerated, by the mistake or design of some ancient scribe.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Samuel 11:8

    He numbered them - This was done to see who was absent (compare Judges 21:9).

    Bezek has been conjectured to be the name of a district rather than of a town. Two villages retained the name in the time of Eusebius 17 miles from Nablous, on the way to Beth-shean.

    The children of Israel and the men of Judah - This looks like the language of later times, times perhaps subsequent to the establishment of the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Israel here (including Benjamin) is as ten to one compared with Judah. This is about the true proportion.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Samuel 11:8

    11:8 Men of Judah - Who are numbered apart to their honour, to shew how readily they, to whom the kingdom was promised, Gen 49:10, submitted to their king, though of another tribe; and how willing they were to hazard themselves for their brethren although they might have excused themselves from the necessity of defending their own country from their dangerous neighbours the Philistines.