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Saul is pacified by Jonathan, ver. 1 - 7.
Attempts again to kill David, ver. 8 - 10.
Is deceived by Michal, who sends David away, ver. 11 - 17.
David flies to Ramah, and Saul prophesies, ver. 18 - 24.
4: Spake good - Which he could not do without hazard to himself.
Herein therefore he performed the duty of a true friend, and of a
6: As the Lord, &c. - And without all doubt, he intended what he said,
feeling a real change in himself for the present. "God," says Mr. Henry,
"inclined the heart of Saul to hearken to the voice of Jonathan."
8: And David, &c. - So David continues his good service, tho' it
was ill requited. They who are ill paid for doing good, yet must not be
weary of well doing, remembering how bountiful a benefactor God is, even
to the evil and unthankful.
9: The evil spirit - David's successes against the Philistines
revived his envy, and the devil watched the opportunity, as he had done
13: Goats hair - Or, put great goats hair upon his bolster;
upon the head and face of the image, which lay upon his bolster, that it
might have some kind of resemblance of David's head and hair, at least
in a sick man's bed, where there useth to be but a glimmering light.
Covered it - Upon pretence of his being sick, and needing some such
18: To Samuel - Both for comfort and direction in his distress; and
for safety, supposing that Saul would be ashamed to execute his bloody
designs in the presence of so venerable a person as Samuel.
20: Over them - To instruct and direct them in those holy exercises.
For though they prophesied by Divine inspiration, yet they were both to
prepare themselves for it before hand, and to make good improvement of it
afterwards, in both which they needed Samuel's counsel and assistance.
And whereas some might falsely pretend to those raptures; or the devil might
transform himself into an angel of light, Samuel's presence and judgment
was necessary to prevent and to detect such impostures. Besides, Samuel
would by his present conjunction with them in those holy exercises,
encourage them, and stir up others to the coveting of those gifts, and to
the performance of such religious duties. Prophesied - Being inspired by
God as Balaam was; that being wrapt up into such an extasy, their minds
might be wholly taken off from their design of seizing David.
23: The spirit - It came upon him in the way; whereas it came not
upon his messengers 'till they came to the place. Hereby God would convince
Saul of the vanity of his designs against David, and that in them he
fought against God himself.
24: Lay down - Heb. fell, down upon the earth; for his mind being
in an extasy, he had not the use of his senses. God so ordering it, that
David might have an opportunity to escape. Naked - That is, stript of
his upper garments, as the word naked is often used; and it is here
repeated to signify how long he lay in that posture. Day and night - So
God kept him as it were in chains, 'till David was got out of his reach.
Is Saul - The same proverb which was used before, is here revived, as an
evidence of God's wonderful care over David; he made Saul in some
sort a prophet, that he mightst make David a king.