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This expression here and in 1 Samuel 15:34 was evidently in David's day a depreciating way of referring to males, and was not necessarily considered a vulgarity, as it would be today. Neither was it considered vulgar in the Elizabethan Age when the King James translation (always faithful to the original in so far as possible) was produced. In any case, it accurately reports David's angry threat. It is also possible that the threat was one implying forcible castration instead of murder, in order to cut off Nabal's possible seed and heirs.


KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8

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