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Verse 19

And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth ,.... This woman, very probably, was the man's wife of the house, as Abarbinel notes; who took a cloth, and spread it over the well's mouth, that it could not be seen or known that there was a well there:

and spread ground corn thereon : just taken out of the mill, before it was sifted, while in the bran; or corn unhusked, or just threshed out, in order to be dried in the sun, and then parched; or wheat bruised for that purpose: Josephus says F17 Antiqu. l. 7. c. 9. sect. 7. they were locks of wool she spread:

and the thing was not known ; that the young men were in the well.

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