1 Samuel 9:7

Overview - 1 Samuel 9
Saul despairing to find his father's asses,
by the counsel of his servant,
11 and direction of young maidens,
15 according to God's revelation,
18 comes to Samuel.
19 Samuel entertains Saul at the feast.
25 Samuel, after secret communication, brings Saul on his way.
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1 Samuel 9:7  (King James Version)
Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?

what shall
Judges 6:18 ; 13:15-17 1 Kings 14:3 ; 2 Kings 4:42 ; 5:5 8:8

spent in
Hebrew gone out of, etc. there is not.
We are not to suppose from this that the prophets took money to predict future events: Saul only refers to an invariable custom, that no man approached a superior without some present or another, however small in value
Dr. Pococke tells us of a present of fifty radishes! Other authors mention a flower, an orange, or similar trifles; and Mr. Bruce says, that one who wished to solicit a favour from him, presented him with about a score of dates! "I mention this trifling circumstance," says Mr
B. "to shew how essential to human and civil intercourse presents are considered to be in the East; whether it be dates, or whether it be diamonds, they are so much a part of their manners, that without them, an inferior will never be at peace in his own mind, or think that he has hold of his superior for protection. But superiors give no presents to their inferiors." Presents then are tokens of honour; not intended as offers of payment or enrichment.

have we
Hebrew is with us.