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Smith's Bible Dictionary


a word employed in the English Bible in two senses:

(1.) Generally, to distinguish those of the fighting men who went on foot from those who were on horseback or in chariots;

(2.) In a more special sense, in 1 Samuel 22:17 only, and as the translation of a different term from the above-a body of swift runners in attendance on the king. This body appears to have been afterwards kept up, and to have been distinct from the body‐guard-the six hundred and thirty- who were originated by David. See 1 Kings 14:27-28; 2 Kings 11:4; 11:6; 11:11; 11:13; 11:19; 2 Chronicles 12:10-11. In each of these cases the word is the same as the above, and is rendered "guard," with "runners" in the margin in two instances ‐ (1 Kings 14:27; 2 Kings 11:13).

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