2 Samuel 1:8

8 “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ “ ‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.

Read 2 Samuel 1:8 Using Other Translations

And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.
And he said to me, 'Who are you?' I answered him, 'I am an Amalekite.'
“He responded, ‘Who are you?’ “‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.

What does 2 Samuel 1:8 mean?

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

And he said unto me, who [art] thou?
&c.] Being willing to know whether a friend or an enemy, which by his coming behind him he could not tell:

and I answered him, I [am] an Amalekite:
which he might be; but it is not likely he should tell Saul he was, which would not recommend him to him; though indeed he was now in such circumstances, that the Amalekites had nothing to fear from him; and if he was slain by him, as Josephus F6 affirms he was, it seems to be a just retaliation on him for sparing any of that race, contrary to the will of God.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 Antiqu. l. 6. c. 14. sect. 7.
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