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2 Samuel 5:23

Overview - 2 Samuel 5
The tribes come to Hebron and anoint David over Israel.
David's age.
He taking Zion from the Jebusites, dwells in it.
11 Hiram sends to David.
13 Eleven sons are born to him in Jerusalem.
17 David, directed by God, smites the Philistines at Baal-perazim;
22 and again at the mulberry trees.
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2 Samuel 5:23  (King James Version)
And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
 


enquired
5:19

fetch
Joshua 8:2 Joshua 8:7 ; 1 Chronicles 14:14 ; Matthew 9:29 Matthew 9:30 ; 8:23-25 John 9:6 John 9:7

the mulberry trees
The word {becham,} rendered mulberry trees, is rendered by Aquila, [apion,] pear-trees, as the LXX. also render in 1 ; Ch 14:14 15; and so the Vulgate in both places has
{pyrorum.} The Rabbins, however, believe {bacha} signifies the
mulberry-tree; with whom Ursinus agrees. It more probably denotes a large shrub which the Arabs still call {baca,} from its distilling an odoriferous gum, from {bachah} to distil, as tears. Of this opinion is Celsius, who quotes a passage from Abulfadi, who describes it as a balsam shrub, having longish leaves, and bearing a large fruit with an acrid taste M. Forskal mentions a tree by the name of {bca,} with leaves rather ovated, smooth, entire: its berries are poisonous to the sheep.
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