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Commentary on First Kings

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1, 9 :

En-rogel: the modern Job's Well southeast of Jerusalem. It marked the ancient boundary between the tribes of Benjaminand Judah (Jos 15, 7; 18, 16 ). Here David's men sought information about Absalom's revolt (2 Sm 17, 17 ).

1, 20 :

At this time, neither law nor the right of primogeniture, but the will of the ruling monarch, determined succession to the throne.

1, 38 :

Cherethites and Pelethites: mercenaries in David's bodyguard. They became part of his retinue after he defeated the Philistines and established himself in Jerusalem; cf 2 Sm 8, 18; 15, 18; 20, 23 .

1, 50 :

Horns of the altar: the protuberances on each of the four corners of the altar were surrounded with a special degree of holiness (Ex 27, 2; 29, 12 ), and constituted a place of asylum for transgressors of the law (Ex 21, 13f; 1 Kgs 2, 28 ).

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