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1 Samuel 4:7-8

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4:7 The Philistines were scared because they thought that gods had come to the camp. 1  They said, “Too bad for 2  us! We’ve never seen anything like this! 4:8 Too bad for us! Who can deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all sorts of plagues in the desert!

1 tn The Hebrew text has a direct quote, “because they said, ‘Gods have come to the camp.’” Even though the verb translated “have come” is singular, the following subject should be taken as plural (“gods”), as v. 8 indicates. Some emend the verb to a plural form.

2 tn Traditionally “woe to.” They thought disaster was imminent.



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