And the king said unto Ziba, what meanest thou by these?
&c.] Are they to be said, or are they presents?
and Ziba said, the asses [be] for the king's household to ride on;
for himself, his wives, and children, his courtiers, and the principal officers of his house; it being usual in those times and countries for great personages to ride on asses, see ( Judges 5:10 ) ;
and the bread and summer fruits for the young men to eat;
the king's menial servants, his guards and his soldiers:
and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink;
where no water was to be had, that their fainting spirits might be revived, and they be able whether to fight or march.