fearful, an Edomite, the chief overseer of Saul's flocks ( 1 Samuel 21:7 ). At the command of Saul he slew the high priest Ahimelech (q.v.) at Nob, together with all the priests to the number of eighty-five persons. (Compare Psalms 52 , title.)
(fearful ), an Idumean, chief of Sauls herdmen. (B.C. 1062.) He was at Nob when Ahimelech gave David the sword of Goliath, and not only gave information to Saul, but when others declined the office, himself executed the kings order to destroy the priests of Nob, with their families, to the number of 85 persons, together with all their property. ( 1 Samuel 21:7 ; 1 Samuel 22:9 1 Samuel 22:18 1 Samuel 22:22 ; Psalms 52 )
do'-eg (do'-egh "anxious," "cared for"):
"The Edomite," a servant of Saul, who watched David's intercourse with the priest Ahimelech, then denounced the priest to the king, and later executed his command to slay the priests at Nob. The position he held is described as that of "the mightiest" of Samuel's herdsmen (1 Samuel 21:7 margin). Septuagint reads: "tending the mules." Rabbinical legends speak of him as the greatest scholar of his time. The traditional title of Psalms 52 associates the composition of that Psalms with the events that led to the slaying of the priests (1 Samuel 21:7; 22:9,18,22).
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