"He went to Achish the king of Gath" (1 Samuel 21:11). Anointed and Alone 1 Samuel 21:1-13/ Psalms 56:1-13 The Bible never flatters its heroes. Only God and the event can distinguish between a David and a Doeg, when both are in the tabernacle. David with Ahimelech. "And David rose and fled that day from Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. Introduction to 1 Samuel; 2. 1 Samuel 21:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Samuel 21:9, NIV: "The priest replied, 'The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod.If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.' EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). 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" "Shall this fellow come into my house" (1 Samuel 21:15). The Books of Samuel. "Now therefore what is under thine hand? " The usual explanation of this, however, is that of Porter, "It is generally assumed that Doeg was detained in the sanctuary under some priestly discipline. . And David said to Ahimelech, "And have you here a spear or a sword at hand? All Rights Reserved. " To which it must be replied that these words mean no such thing. '" This clarifies the whole episode. The Rise of Samuel and the Fall of Eli and Sons (1 Samuel 3:1-4:22) What shall we say to this? DAVID'S IMMEDIATE FLIGHT TO ACHISH; KING OF GATH. (1) Keil supposed that, "The error was due to a lapse of memory in which Ahimelech was confounded with Abiathar. Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? 1-samuel 21:2 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded … https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-samuel-21.html. Besides that, Jonathan had specifically warned David in the preceding chapter, "Hurry! Verses 1-15 Chapter21 So David now fled to Nob to Ahimelech who was the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said to him, Why are you alone, why aren"t there men with you? Speaking of Jesus, the writer of Hebrews says that "He had to be made like His brethren in all thin… David probably hoped that he could dwell incognito among the Philistines; but the king's servants instantly recognized him. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “ Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may appear before the LORD and remain there forever.” (Psalm 73:16-17). During those years, the chief priests lost much of their authority and their wealth. "This supports the historicity of the event of David's slaying Goliath," showing that Ahimelech already knew David as the giver who had brought that trophy of his victory to Nob. View 1 Samuel . Eli the priest led him. Now then, what have you at hand? 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. v1 The boy Samuel served the *Lord. The *Lord calls Samuel. That David fled at once from Nob was no doubt due to the presence there of Doeg. David told Ahimelech a gross untruth. Much of what David said here was an outright falsehood. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Psalm 56 describes David’s journey from fear to praising as a prisoner in Gath. The High Priest here agreed to bend the rules in order to aid the king's son-in-law. The Son of David taught from it, that mercy is to be preferred to sacrifice; that ritual observances must give way to moral duties. Jesus Christ mentioned this event and also "the men that were with" David (Matthew 12:3-4). I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". 14:3, and he being now dead, his successor in the priesthood, for they were both sons of Ahitub. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Behold, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.” 3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did, when he became hungry, he and his companions; 4 how he entered the … To whom else could he have gone, except to the Lord? And David said, "There is none like that; give it to me.". " It could be that the enforcement upon Doeg of some disciplinary action resulted in the hatred that must have entered into his heartless slaughter of that whole priestly community. . "David came to Nob to Ahimelech" (1 Samuel 21:1). "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Eiah" (1 Samuel 21:9). Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Nob— A city of priests, where the tabernacle now was. The Bible records it, but we dare not justify it. Ahimelech, the chief priest 1 Samuel 21:1. In this place his person must have been known, and to venture into that country, he their greatest enemy, and with the sword of Goliath in his hand, would seem to have been a perilous experiment; but, doubtless, the protection he received … The bread was a featured provision of the tabernacle and was replaced each week with hot bread. 1 Samuel 21. 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? Anointed! Was afraid— Suspecting some extraordinary cause o… " This habit of turning things over to the sons was well established in Eli's family; and therefore we like Young's explanation as the better one. ... 21:1 "Nob" This (BDB 611) became the site of YHWH's tabernacle after the destruction of Shiloh. 1 Samuel 21-22 lesson by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics (Bible interpretation). David thought upon it afterward with regret. 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.". "The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh" (1 Samuel 3:21). However, the soldiers of Achish recognized David, arrested him and would most certainly have opposed any inclination of Achish to grant political asylum to David. "He went there to inquire of the Lord (1 Samuel 22:10), as he had done formerly (1 Samuel 5:15). 1. 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. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 21:1-9 David, in distress, fled to the tabernacle of God. (1) He would be the chief actor in the destruction of the entire company of the priests at Nob; and (2) David's recognition of him meant that David was required to get out of Nob as rapidly as possible. Had he trusted God aright, he would not have used such a sorry, sinful shift for his own preservation. The monarchy of Israel begins with a narrative of despair and humility.