2 Samuel 17:19

19 His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.

Read 2 Samuel 17:19 Using Other Translations

And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth and scattered grain on it, and nothing was known of it.
The man’s wife put a cloth over the top of the well and scattered grain on it to dry in the sun; so no one suspected they were there.

What does 2 Samuel 17:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 17:19

And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's
mouth
This woman, very probably, was the man's wife of the house, as Abarbinel notes; who took a cloth, and spread it over the well's mouth, that it could not be seen or known that there was a well there:

and spread ground corn thereon:
just taken out of the mill, before it was sifted, while in the bran; or corn unhusked, or just threshed out, in order to be dried in the sun, and then parched; or wheat bruised for that purpose: Josephus says F17 they were locks of wool she spread:

and the thing was not known;
that the young men were in the well.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 Antiqu. l. 7. c. 9. sect. 7.
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