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ku'-shi: This name represents kushi, (in the original Septuagint Chousei, Chousi), either with or without the article. With the article (so in 2 Samuel 18:21-32 seven out of eight times, all readings supported by the Septuagint) it simply indicate that the person so designated was of the Cushite people, as in Jeremiah 38:7. Its use without the article has doubtless developed out of the foregoing according to a familiar process. For the Cush of Psalm 7, title read "Cushi" with Septuagint.
(1) The messenger (the Revised Version (British and American) "the Cushite") sent by Joab to acquaint David with the victory over Absalom. That this man was in fact a foreigner is indicated by his ignorance of a shorter path which Ahimaaz took, by his being unrecognized by the watchman who recognizes Ahimaaz, and by his ignorance, as compared with Ahimaaz, of the sentiments of David, whom he knows only as a king and not as a man. 2 Samuel 18:21 (twice, the second time without the article), 2 Samuel 18:22, 23, 11 (twice), 2 Samuel 18:32 (twice).
(2) The great-grandfather of Jehudi, a contemporary of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 36:14). The name Jehudi itself ("a man of Judah") is sufficient refutation of the opinion that the use of Cushi as or in lieu of a proper name "seems to show that there were but few Cushites among the Israelites."
(3) The father of Zephaniah the prophet (Ze 1:1).
J. Oscar Boyd
Cushi (7 Occurrences)
2 Samuel 18:21 Then said Joab to the Cushite, "Go, tell the king what you have seen!" The Cushite bowed himself to Joab, and ran. (Root in WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Samuel 18:22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, "But come what may, please let me also run after the Cushite." Joab said, "Why do you want to run, my son, seeing that you will have no reward for the news?" (Root in WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Samuel 18:23 "But come what may," he said, "I will run." He said to him, "Run!" Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Plain, and outran the Cushite. (Root in WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Samuel 18:31 Behold, the Cushite came. The Cushite said, "News for my lord the king; for Yahweh has avenged you this day of all those who rose up against you." (Root in WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Samuel 18:32 The king said to the Cushite, "Is it well with the young man Absalom?" The Cushite answered, "May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you to do you harm, be as that young man is." (Root in WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Jeremiah 36:14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, Take in your hand the scroll in which you have read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand, and came to them. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Zephaniah 1:1 The word of Yahweh which came to Zephaniah, the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)