* what shall.
Jud 6:18 13:15-17 1Ki 14:3 2Ki 4:42 5:5 8:8
* spent in. Heb. 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. Heb. is with us.