1 Samuel 8:13

13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.

Read 1 Samuel 8:13 Using Other Translations

And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him.

What does 1 Samuel 8:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 8:13

And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries
Such as deal in spices, and mix them, and make them up in various forms very agreeable to the taste. Men are commonly in our countries and times employed in such arts, but it seems this was the business of women in those times and places. Some versions F4 render it "unguentariae", makers or sellers of ointments, and such there were in some nations F5, such was Lydia in Juvenal F6;

and to be cooks;
to dress all sorts of food, especially what were boiled, as the word signifies: and to be bakers; to make and bake bread, which though with us is the work of men, yet in the eastern countries was usually done by women; (See Gill on Leviticus 26:26).


FOOTNOTES:

F4 So V. L. and Tigurine.
F5 Vid. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 5.
F6 Satyr. 2. ver. 141. Vid. Turnebi Adversar. l. 15. c. 17.
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