Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.

Bible References

A dead dog

1 Samuel 17:43
Then said the Philistine unto David, A dog, am, I, that thou art coming unto me, with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David, by his god.
2 Samuel 3:8
And it provoked Abner greatly, on account of the words of Ish-bosheth, and he said - Am I, the head of the dogs, that pertain unto Judah? To-day, would I deal in lovingkindness with the house of Saul thy father, towards his brethren, and towards his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, - and yet thou hast charged upon me the transgression of the woman, today.
2 Samuel 9:8
And he did homage, and said - What is thy servant, - that thou hast turned towards such a dead dog as I?
2 Samuel 16:9
Then said Abishai, son of Zeruiah, unto the king - Wherefore should this dead dog curse my lord the king? I pray thee, let me cross over and take off his head.

A flea

1 Samuel 26:20
Now, therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth, away from the presence of Yahweh, - for the king of Israel hath come out to hunt for a single flea, as when one pursueth a partridge among the mountains.
Judges 8:1
And the men of Ephraim said unto him - What is this thing thou hast done to us, in not calling us, when thou wentest to fight with Midian? And they did chide with him, sharply.