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16 Zeruiah’s son Joab served in charge of the army, Ahilud’s son Jehoshaphat was his personal archivist,[a] 17 Ahitub’s son Zadok and Abiathar’s son Ahimelech were priests, Seraiah[b] was his personal secretary,[c] 18 Jehoida’s son Benaiah supervised the special forces[d] and mercenaries,[e] and David’s sons were priests.[f]

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  1. 2 Samuel 8:16 Or recorder; an officer who kept official records of David’s administration
  2. 2 Samuel 8:17 Cf. 1Chr 18:16, which reads Shavsha
  3. 2 Samuel 8:17 Or scribe
  4. 2 Samuel 8:18 Lit. Cherethites; i.e. elite body guards
  5. 2 Samuel 8:18 Lit. Pelethites; i.e. special couriers
  6. 2 Samuel 8:18 Cf. 1Chr 18:17, which describes them as special officials

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