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2 Samuel 8:18

    2 Samuel 8:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were priests.

    Webster's Revision

    and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.

    World English Bible

    and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada [was over] the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were priests.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:18

    Benaiah - The chief of the second class of David's worthies. We shall meet with him again.

    The Cherethites and the Pelethites - The former supposed to be those who accompanied David when he fled from Saul; the latter, those who came to him at Ziklag. But the Targum translates these two names thus, the archers and the slingers; and this is by far the most likely. It is not at all probable that David was without a company both of archers and slingers. The bow is celebrated in the funeral lamentation over Saul and Jonathan; and the sling was renowned as the weapon of the Israelites, and how expert David was in the use of it we learn from the death of Goliath. I take for granted that the Chaldee paraphrast is correct. No weapons then known were equally powerful with these; the spears, swords, and javelins, of other nations, were as stubble before them. The bow was the grand weapon of our English ancestors; and even after the invention of firearms, they were with difficulty persuaded to prefer them and leave their archery.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 8:18

    The Cherethites and the Pelethites - See the marginal reference note.

    Chief rulers - The word כהן kôhên, here rendered a "chief ruler," is the regular word for a priest. In the early days of the monarchy the word כהן kôhên had not quite lost its etymological sense, from the root meaning to minister, or manage affairs, though in later times its technical sense alone survived.