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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
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Bible Commentaries
1 Samuel 29

Gaebelein's Annotated BibleGaebelein's Annotated

Verses 1-11

8. David and Achish and Ziklag Destroyed and Avenged


1. The objections of the Philistine lords (1 Samuel 29:1-5 )

2. Achish dismisses David (1 Samuel 29:6-11 )

While David’s enemy, Saul, heard his coming doom, David was still with the enemies of God’s people. The Philistines were gathered against Israel and David was with Achish ready to fight against the Lord’s people. The lords of the Philistines however object to his presence. They still remember the song of bygone days and fear treachery. Then follows the description of how Achish and David parted. David’s words expressing his great willingness to stay with the enemies of God show how deep a believer may fall when he has wandered away from God. He calls wicked Achish “my lord the King” and his own people Israel, whose anointed king he was, “the enemies.” God’s mercy kept him from plunging deeper than that.

Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 29". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/1-samuel-29.html. 1913-1922.
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