Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Samuel 16:17

So Saul said to his servants, "Provide for me now a man who can play well and bring him to me."
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Demons;   Saul;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Music;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jesse;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - David;   Disease;   Music;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - David;   Demon;   Disease;   Psalms, Theology of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Prayer;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - David;   Music;   Neginah;   Samuel, the Books of;   Shepherd;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Samuel, Books of;   Saul;   Vial;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bethlehem;   David;   Samuel, Books of;   Saul;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Exorcism;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Jesse ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Music;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Kingdom of christ of heaven;   Kingdom of god;   Kingdom of heaven;   Saul;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Da'vid;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - David;   Jesse;   Psalms, Book of;   Samuel, Books of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Exorcism;   Samuel, Books of;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Saul said unto his servants,.... Approving of, and pleased with the advice they gave:

provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me; for being a sovereign prince, he could command whom he would to attend to his person and service.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 16:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-samuel-16.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Samuel 16:17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring [him] to me.

Ver. 17. Provide me now a man.] Not a wise man, as they call wizards, or a white witch, - Saul, as bad as he was, was yet an utter enemy to such, [1 Samuel 28:9] - but a man that can play well. Musica maestae medicina mentis, (a) Pythagoras cured a frantic young man by music, saith Seneca. (b) And Xenocrates lymphatos carminum modulis a dementia liberavit, saith another, (c) Elisha called for a musician to settle his distempers. [2 Kings 3:15] And what strange alterations that excellent minstrel Timotheus could work in great Alexander, either to enrage or appease him, is well known out of historians. (d)

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 16:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-samuel-16.html. 1865-1868.