2 Samuel 21:5

5 They answered the king, “As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel,

Read 2 Samuel 21:5 Using Other Translations

And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,
They said to the king, "The man who consumed us and planned to destroy us, so that we should have no place in all the territory of Israel,
Then they replied, “It was Saul who planned to destroy us, to keep us from having any place at all in the territory of Israel.

What does 2 Samuel 21:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 21:5

And they answered the king
Declaring expressly what they would have done: the man that consumed us; meaning Saul, who lessened their number by cruel oppressions of some, and by taking away the lives of others:

and that devised against us, [that] we should be destroyed from
remaining in any of the coasts of Israel;
who had formed schemes, and published edicts, for banishing them out of the land; perhaps at the same time that he put away wizards and those that had familiar spirits out of the land, under the same pretence for zeal for the glory of God, and the good of the people of the land, ( 1 Samuel 28:3-9 ) .

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