A woman’s wit

I read Bishop Hall’s reflection on 2 Samuel 17, verses 15-20, and I was struck first by his vivid description of the woman’s action, and second by the archaic word ‘bewray’ (meaning betray):

“Jonathan and Ahimaaz are sent, descried, pursued, preserved. The fidelity of a maid instructed them in their message; the subtlety of a woman saved their lives. At the well of Rogel, they received their message; in the well of Bahurim, was their life saved. The sudden wit of a woman hath choked the mouth of her well with dried corn, that it might not bewray the messengers.”

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