1 SAMUEL 26:8



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“Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.”

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1 Samuel 26:8 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Then said וַיֹּ֤אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) Then said
Abishai אֲבִישַׁי֙ Abishai, an Israelite Abishai
to אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
David, דָּוִ֔ד David, the youngest son of Jesse David
God אֱלֹהִ֥ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
hath delivered סִגַּ֨ר To shut up; figuratively, to surrender delivered
thine enemy אֽוֹיִבְךָ֖ Hating; an adversary thine enemy
into thine hand בְּיָדֶ֑ךָ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] thine hand
this day: הַיּ֛וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
now וְעַתָּה֩ At this time, whether adverb, conjunction or expletive now
therefore let me smite אַכֶּ֨נּוּ To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) therefore let smite
him, I pray thee, נָ֜א 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction pray
with the spear בַּֽחֲנִ֤ית A lance (for thrusting, like pitching a tent) spear
even to the earth וּבָאָ֙רֶץ֙ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) even earth
at once, פַּ֣עַם A stroke, literally or figuratively (in various applications, as follow) once
and I will not וְלֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
smite (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
him the second time. אֶשְׁנֶ֖ה To fold, i.e., duplicate (literally or figuratively); by implication, to transmute (transitive or intransitive) second time

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  • 6  Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.

  • 7  So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.

  • 8  Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.

  • 9  And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless?

  • 10  David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.


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