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And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen ° men.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:14 described. The word translated “described” actually means “described in writing.” That this randomly encountered young man was literate strongly suggests that the Israelites in general were literate at this time, despite their previous decades of desert life and warfare.

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