2 Samuel 8:17

17 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of Abiathar were priests; Seraiah was secretary;

Read 2 Samuel 8:17 Using Other Translations

And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;
and Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Seraiah was secretary,
Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary.

What does 2 Samuel 8:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 8:17

And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of
Abiathar, [were] the priests
Not high priests, as Josephus F9 suggests, for there was only one high priest at a time; indeed there was a "sagan", or deputy priest, on occasion; and so Abarbinel says that Zadok was the high priest, and Ahimelech his second or deputy; but the truth of the case was this, Abiathar was high priest only, and continued so until the time of Solomon, when he was thrust out of his office, and Zadok put into it; and Ahimelech his son and Zadok were the principal priests under him, the one of the family of Ithamar, the other of Eleazar; so the Targum on ( 1 Chronicles 18:16 ) calls them "sagans", or deputies of the high priesthood. Zadok is mentioned first, though Ahimelech was the son of the present high priest, because he was in great favour with David, as afterwards with Solomon, in whose days the high priesthood was translated to him; the family of Eli being now upon the decline, and near being removed from the high priesthood, as was foretold by Samuel it should:

and Seraiah [was] the scribe;
or secretary of state; in ( 1 Chronicles 18:16 ) he is called Shavsha; he seems to have had two names.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 Ut supra, (Antiqu. l. 7. c. 5.) sect. 4.
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