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The word rhea is normally translated as neighbor. Some jews told me it means buddy/comrades instead.

The LORD has done exactly as I prophesied! The LORD has torn the kingdom from your hand and has given it to your neighbor David! http://biblehub.com/1_samuel/28-17.htm

Neighbor in english, means guys that live next to me or near me. David didn't live next to Saul. The word neighbor is pretty confusing.

Perhaps the word neighbor here means something else. But that would be a very uncommon meaning that would be very confusing.

Are there really no other word that's better to translate this besides neighbor?

If you were the one translating the bible, how would you translate rhea? Rhea seems to mean buddy, comrades, or friends. Jews interpret that to mean fellow jews.

Why out of so many english words, translators use the word rhea to translate that?

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Here is the case where the Bible is its own best commentary and our own definition causes issues. To us neighbor means the person living next to us, but in reality neighbor is a close associate or friend. In regards to the Samaratin in Luke 10 who helps the Jew as opposed to the two people who turned their backs on him, Jesus ask the Jewish leaders who was the man's neighbor to which they replied the Samaratin. Neighbor here means friend and probably did during the time of the translators, as opposed to the person living in the next house over. This iw why in James 2:8 "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour (G4139) as thyself, ye do well."

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You said neighbor means friend and probably did during the time of the translators. Any source? You said that in reality, neighbor is a close associate or friend. Any source? –  Jim Thio Apr 19 '14 at 7:53

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