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1 Samuel 14:16

    1 Samuel 14:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went hither and thither.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the watchmen of Saul, looking out from Geba in the land of Benjamin, saw all the army flowing away and running here and there.

    Webster's Revision

    And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went hither and thither.

    World English Bible

    The watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and behold, the multitude melted away, and they went [here] and there.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went hither and thither.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Samuel 14:16

    The watchmen of Saul - Those who were sent out as scouts to observe the motions of the army.

    Melted away - There was no order in the Philistine camp, and the people were dispersing in all directions. The Vulgate has, Et ecce multitudo prostrata, "And behold the multitude were prostrate;" many lay dead upon the field, partly by the sword of Jonathan and his armor-bearer, and partly by the swords of each other, 1 Samuel 14:20.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Samuel 14:16

    Multitude - The word is in 1 Samuel 14:19 (margin) rendered tumult. It must have the same meaning here. The sentence is obscure and probably corrupt; perhaps it means, "and behold the tumult! and it went on" (increased) "melting away and beating down."