", "Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul's herdsmen. "Now therefore what is under thine hand? Perhaps he had made an appointment to meet them at some particular place as soon as he tested his chances of operating in Gath. For example, the International Critical Commentary rejects the arrangement in this chapter, affirming that, "David had ample time to furnish himself for flight, after Jonathan bade him farewell," supposing that this journey of David to Nob must have happened that night when Michal let him down through the window. (10-15). "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Eiah" (1 Samuel 21:9). Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, "No common bread ... but there is holy bread", "If only the young men have kept themselves from women", "How much more today will their vessels be holy", "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Eiah", "It is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod", "And David arose and fled that day from Saul", "Is not this David the king of the land? So the priest gave him the holy bread; for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the Lord, to be replaced by hot bread on the day it is taken away.". And David said, "There is none like that; give it to me.". And David answered the priest, "Of a truth, women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition; the vessels of the young men are holy, even when it is a common journey; how much more today will their vessels be holy"? This reminds us of what happened once in a big tent revival. "The king has charged me with a matter" (1 Samuel 21:2). It is great comfort in a day of trouble, that we have a God to go to, to whom we may open our cases, and from whom we may ask and expect direction. That David fled at once from Nob was no doubt due to the presence there of Doeg. If many come in simplicity of heart to serve their God, others come to observe their teachers and to prove accusers. That this is a true chronological arrangement is certainly as likely as anything that 19th century or 20th century critical scholars have concocted in place of it. So he changed his behavior before them, and feigned himself mad in their hand, and made marks on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle run down his beard. The International Critical Commentary interpretation here is that the words "from Saul" in this passage mean that, "He went directly to Achish from the presence of Saul. I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place. Anointed! David thought he could find anonymity or sympathy among the ungodly Philistines in Gath, but he was wrong. David with his men did what was unlawful in taking and eating that bread (Matthew 12:3-4). https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-samuel-21.html. This is a disputed text, but David may have meant here that, "Even if the bread were common bread, it would become consecrated by the consecrated vessel in which he proposed to carry it. 1. "And David arose and fled that day from Saul" (1 Samuel 21:10). Nob was but a village located a mile or two northeast of Jerusalem near Anathoth (Isaiah 10:32). None of the critical scholars whose works we have studied has been able to propose any better arrangement of the text than that which has come down to us; and some of the attempted rearrangements of the various episodes are not only unconvincing, but sometimes even ridiculous. Nob— A city of priests, where the tabernacle now was. Had he trusted God aright, he would not have used such a sorry, sinful shift for his own preservation. A. David meets Ahimelech the priest at Nob. I Samuel 21-24 Listen So, sometimes you act a little extreme to stay alive (I Samuel 21) 1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee? In those days, as at the present time, "Easterners have a religious awe of madness and would not think of injuring those so afflicted.". EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). "He went to Achish the king of Gath" (1 Samuel 21:11). ... 21 1 Then David came to v Nob, to w Ahimelech the priest. 1 Samuel 21. David had great faith and courage, yet both failed him; he fell thus foully through fear and cowardice, and owing to the weakness of his faith. David, in distress, fled to the tabernacle of God. Unlike today, when the average child costs about $227,000 to raise, in a … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10" Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. It was holy from the fact of its being used in the tabernacle and only the priests were eligible to eat it. Psalm 56 describes David’s journey from fear to praising as a prisoner in Gath. 1. The superscriptions of Psalms 34; Psalms 52; and Psalms 56 are founded upon events in this chapter. 1983-1999. Cancel any time. Resources » Commentaries » 1 Samuel » Chapter 21 » exegesis. (1 Samuel 21:11). (1 Samuel 20:38). Doeg was an Edomite, and the descendants of Esau were a continual thorn in Israel's flesh.
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