1 Samuel 13:21

“Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 1 Samuel 13:21

Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forkes, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The charge was two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to fix the hoes.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to set the goads.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For they had instruments for putting an edge on their ploughs and blades and forks and axes, and for putting iron points on their ox-driving rods.
- Basic English Bible

when the edges of the sickles, and the hoes, and the forks, and the axes were blunted; and to set the goads.
- Darby Bible

Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the colters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.
- Webster's Bible

yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the plowshares, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to set the goads.
- World English Bible

and there hath been the file for mattocks, and for coulters, and for three-pronged rakes, and for the axes, and to set up the goads.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the price of the filing was a pim for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks with three teeth, and for the axes; and to set the goads.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for 1 Samuel 13:21

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 13:21


13:20 Philistines - Not to the land of the Philistines, but to the stations and garrisons which the Philistines retained in several parts of Israel's land, though Samuel's authority had so far over - awed them, that they durst not give the Israelites much disturbance. In these, therefore, the Philistines kept all the smiths; and here they allowed them the exercise of their art for the uses following.

13:22 Sword - It seems restrained to the six hundred that were with Saul and Jonathan; for there were no doubt a considerable number of swords and spears among the Israelites, but they generally hid them, as now they did their persons, from the Philistines. And the Philistines had not yet attained to so great a power over them, as wholly to disarm them, but thought it sufficient to prevent the making of new arms; knowing that the old ones would shortly be decayed, and useless. There were likewise other arms more common in those times and places, than swords and spears; to wit, bows and arrows, and slings and stones.


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