KJV LexiconAnd the watchmen
to lean forward, i.e. to peer into the distance; by implication, to observe, await -- behold, espy, look up (well), wait for, (keep the) watch(-man).
asked; Shaul, the name of an Edomite and two Israelites -- Saul, Shaul.
Gibah; the name of three places in Palestine -- Gibeah, the hill.
son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory -- Benjamin.
to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative)surely, think, view, visions.
and behold the multitude
a noise, tumult, crowd; also disquietude, wealth -- abundance, company, many, multitude, multiply, noise, riches, rumbling, sounding, store, tumult.
to melt, i.e. literally (to soften, flow down, disappear), or figuratively (to fear, faint) -- consume, dissolve, (be) faint(-hearted), melt (away), make soft.
and they went
to walk; causatively, to carry (in various senses)
on beating down
to strike down; by implication, to hammer, stamp, conquer, disband -- beat (down), break (down), overcome, smite (with the hammer).
Parallel VersesNew American Standard Bible
Now Saul's watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude melted away; and they went here and there.
King James Bible
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Saul's watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, they saw the panicking troops scattering in every direction.
International Standard Version
Saul's sentries in Gibeah of Benjamin watched as the camp was in disarray, going this way and that.
Saul's watchmen at Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin looked on as the crowd of soldiers seemed to melt away first in one direction and then in another.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul's watchmen at Gibeah in Benjamin could see the crowd [in the Philistine camp] dispersing in all directions.
King James 2000 Bible
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went here and there.
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