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1 Chronicles

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1 Chronicles 20

1Ch 20:1

Vv 1-3: Rabbah of the Ammonites is taken. No mention of the incident involving Bathsheba and Uriah (2Sa 11:16-25).

1Ch 20:3

CONSIGNING THEM TO LABOR WITH SAWS...: KJV has "cut them with saws", but (1) Heb word -- by a small change -- can sig "put". Sw 2Sa 12:31. Or (2) Heb "soor" used only once, perhaps from rt "yashar" = to rule. Or (3) If indeed it does mean "cut", then ref Jdg 1:6,7 -- where thumbs and great toes of Adonibezek were cut off, and he acknowledges the righteousness of it: "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them."

1Ch 20:5

Vv 5-8: Brief accounts of the removal of the remaining giants from the Philistines, all removed by these men who, though named, are not mentioned to any extent, if at all, elsewhere. Evidently there was a purpose in giving the details of David's fight with Goliath, but there were no additional spiritual lessons to be gained from the details of these other events.

LIKE A WEAVER'S ROD: Not size but appearance and shape. A spear with a leash or cord, increasing leverage, and thus enabling the soldier to throw it a greater distance. Refd in 1Sa 17:7; 2Sa 21:19; 1Ch 20:5; 11:23.

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