2 Samuel 16:2

Overview - 2 Samuel 16
Ziba, by presents and false suggestions, obtains his master's inheritance.
At Bahurim Shimei curse David.
David with patience abstains, and restrains others, from revenge.
15 Hushai insinuates himself into Absalom's counsel.
20 Ahithophel's counsel.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

2 Samuel 16:2  (King James Version)
And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

What meanest
Genesis 21:29 ; 33:8 Ezekiel 37:18
The asses. This is the eastern mode of speaking when presenting any thing to a great man: "This is for the slaves of the servants of your majesty;" when at the same time the presents are intended for the sovereign himself, and it is so understood.
15:1 19:26 Judges 5:10 ; 10:4

for the young
1 Samuel 25:27

that such
15:23 17:29 Judges 8:4 Judges 8:5 ; 1 Samuel 14:28 ; Proverbs 31:6 Proverbs 31:7