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1 Samuel 28:1

Context
The Witch of Endor

28:1 In those days the Philistines gathered their troops 1  for war in order to fight Israel. Achish said to David, “You should fully understand that you and your men must go with me into the battle.” 2 

1 tn Heb “their camps.”

2 tc The translation follows the LXX (εἰς πόλεμον, eis polemon) and a Qumran ms מלחמה במלחמה ([m]lkhmh) bammilkhamah (“in the battle”) rather than the MT’s בַמַּחֲנֶה (bammakhaneh, “in the camp”; cf. NASB). While the MT reading is not impossible here, and although admittedly it is the harder reading, the variant fits the context better. The MT can be explained as a scribal error caused in part by the earlier occurrence of “camp” in this verse.



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