The lords of the Philistines; the lords of their five principal cities, who seem to have been united together at this time in one aristocratical government; or at least were leagued together against him as their common enemy. To afflict him; to chastise him for his injuries done to us. They mean to punish him severely, as they did; but they express it in mild words, lest the horror of it might move her to pity him.
Pieces of silver, i.e. shekels, as that phrase is commonly used, as Num_7:13,85 2Sa_18:122Ki_6:25.