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old. From 1 Samuel 28:3 he predeceased Saul by about two years. Consequently he acted for thirty-eight years after Saul's anointing (i.e. 1000-962 B.C.) When he anointed David he would be about eighty-six; and lived to about the age of Eli, ninety-eight years.
turned aside, &c.: i.e. stooped to extortion. took bribes: contrary to Deuteronomy 16:19 .
Behold . Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6 .
make us a king . Compare Hosea 13:10 , Hosea 13:11 .Acts 13:20 , Acts 13:21 . Note the words "gave judges "and "desired a king". The Hebrew monarchy thus began with the choosing of Saul, and ended with the choosing of Caesar.
displeased = was evil in the eyes of: i.e. evil, in not waiting for God's time and for God's king, as promised. Genesis 17:6 , Genesis 17:16 ; Genesis 35:11 ; Genesis 49:10 . Numbers 24:17 . Deuteronomy 17:14-20 .
the LORD . Hebrew. Jehovah . App-4 .
This will be , &c. Fulfilled, 1Sa 14:62 .
ear = plough (Anglo-Saxon, erian).
your vineyards . Compare 1 Kings 21:7 .
young men . Septuagint reads "oxen".
hear = answer.
the ears . Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6 .
men. Hebrew. 'enosh. App-14 .
man . Hebrew. 'ish. App-14 .
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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 8". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://studylight.org/
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