2 Samuel 16:2
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English Standard Version
And the king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who faint in the wilderness to drink.”

King James Bible
And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

American Standard Version
And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king said to Siba: What mean these things? And Siba answered: The asses are for the king's household to sit on: and the loaves and the figs for thy servants to eat, and the wine to drink if any man be faint in the desert.

English Revised Version
And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king said to Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

On David's arrival at the height where people were accustomed to worship, i.e., upon the top of the Mount of Olives, the Archite Hushai came to meet him with his clothes rent and earth upon his head, that is to say, in the deepest mourning (see 1 Samuel 4:12). It is evident from the words וגו אשׁר־ישׁתּחוה that there was a place of worship upon the top of the Mount of Olives, probably a bamah, such as continued to exist in different places throughout the land, even after the building of the temple. According to 2 Samuel 15:37; 2 Samuel 16:16, and 1 Chronicles 27:33, Hushai was רעה, a friend of David, i.e., one of his privy councillors. הארכּי (the Archite), if we may judge from Jos 16:2, was the name of a family whose possessions were upon the southern boundary of the tribe of Ephraim, between Bethel and Ataroth. Hushai was probably a very old man, as David said to him (2 Samuel 15:33, 2 Samuel 15:34), "If thou goest with me, thou wilt be a burden to me. But if thou returnest to the city and offerest Absalom thy services, thou canst bring for me the counsel of Ahithophel to nought. If thou sayest to Absalom, I will be thy servant, O king; servant of thy father (i.e., as regards this) I was that of old, but now I am thy servant." The ו before אני introduces the apodosis both times (vid., Ewald, 348, a.).

2 Samuel 16:2 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

What meanest

Genesis 21:29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?

Ezekiel 37:18 And when the children of your people shall speak to you, saying, Will you not show us what you mean by these?

The asses. This is the eastern mode of speaking when presenting any thing to a great man: `This is for the slaves of the servants of your majesty;' when at the same time the presents are intended for the sovereign himself, and it is so understood.

2 Samuel 15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

2 Samuel 19:26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for your servant said, I will saddle me an donkey, that I may ride thereon...

Judges 5:10 Speak, you that ride on white donkeys, you that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

Judges 10:4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty donkey colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair to this day...

for the young

1 Samuel 25:27 And now this blessing which your handmaid has brought to my lord, let it even be given to the young men that follow my lord.

that such

2 Samuel 15:23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron...

2 Samuel 17:29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of cows, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat...

Judges 8:4,5 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them...

1 Samuel 14:28 Then answered one of the people, and said, Your father straightly charged the people with an oath, saying...

Proverbs 31:6,7 Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that be of heavy hearts...

Cross References
Judges 10:4
And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys, and they had thirty cities, called Havvoth-jair to this day, which are in the land of Gilead.

2 Samuel 15:23
And all the land wept aloud as all the people passed by, and the king crossed the brook Kidron, and all the people passed on toward the wilderness.

2 Samuel 17:29
honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they said, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness."

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