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Then your female servant said, ‘Please let the word of my lord the king bring rest; for like an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad. May Yahweh your God be with you.’” Bible see other translations

“for like an angel of God, so is my lord the king.” The woman knew that angels were messengers who represented God, and she sees David “like an angel” here, in the sense that what he says and does are representing God.

“good and bad.” The woman was almost certainly using “good and bad” to indicate the whole spectrum of life, “good and bad and everything in between.” Technically, that is the figure of speech polarmerismos (see commentary on Josh. 14:11).


Commentary for: 2 Samuel 14:17

 
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