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1 Samuel 17:8


17:8 Goliath 1  stood and called to Israel’s troops, 2  “Why do you come out to prepare for battle? Am I not the Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose 3  for yourselves a man so he may come down 4  to me!

1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Goliath) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn The Hebrew text adds “and said to them.”

3 tc The translation follows the ancient versions in reading “choose,” (from the root בחר, bkhr), rather than the MT. The verb in MT (ברה, brh) elsewhere means “to eat food”; the sense of “to choose,” required here by the context, is not attested for this root. The MT apparently reflects an early scribal error.

4 tn Following the imperative, the prefixed verbal form (either an imperfect or jussive) with the prefixed conjunction indicates purpose/result here.

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