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2 Samuel 6:17-19

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6:17 They brought the ark of the Lord and put it in its place 1  in the middle of the tent that David had pitched for it. Then David offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before the Lord. 6:18 When David finished offering the burnt sacrifices and peace offerings, he pronounced a blessing over the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 6:19 He then handed out to each member of the entire assembly of Israel, 2  both men and women, a portion of bread, a date cake, 3  and a raisin cake. Then all the people went home. 4 

1 tc The Syriac Peshitta lacks “in its place.”

2 tn Heb “to all the people, to all the throng of Israel.”

3 tn The Hebrew word used here אֶשְׁפָּר (’espar) is found in the OT only here and in the parallel passage found in 1 Chr 16:3. Its exact meaning is uncertain, although the context indicates that it was a food of some sort (cf. KJV “a good piece of flesh”; NRSV “a portion of meat”). The translation adopted here (“date cake”) follows the lead of the Greek translations of the LXX, Aquila, and Symmachus (cf. NASB, NIV, NLT).

4 tn Heb “and all the people went, each to his house.”



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