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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Samuel 21:2


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    King James Bible - 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 thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

    World English Bible

    David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commanded me a
    business, and has said to me, 'Let no man know anything of the business about which I send you, and what I have commanded you; and I have appointed the young men to such and such a place.'

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Samuel 21:2

    And David said to Achimelech the priest: The king hath commanded me a
    business, and said: Let no man know the thing for which thou art sent by me, and what manner of commands I have given thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And David said to Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a
    business, and hath said to me, Let no man know any thing of the business about which I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

    Original Hebrew

    ויאמר
    559  דוד 1732  לאחימלך 288 הכהן 3548 המלך 4428 צוני 6680 דבר 1697 ויאמר 559 אלי 413 אישׁ 376 אל 408 ידע 3045 מאומה 3972 את 853 הדבר 1697 אשׁר 834 אנכי 595 שׁלחך 7971 ואשׁר 834 צויתך 6680 ואת 853 הנערים 5288 יודעתי 3045 אל 413 מקום 4725 פלני 6423 אלמוני׃ 492

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 21:2

    Y respondió David al sacerdote Ahimelec: El rey me encomendó un negocio, y me dijo: Nadie sepa cosa alguna de este negocio a que yo te envío, y que yo te he mandado; y yo les señalé a los criados un cierto lugar.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 21:2

    Verse 2. The king hath commanded me a
    business] All said here is an untruth, and could not be dictated by the Spirit of the Lord; but there is no reason to believe that David was under the influence of Divine inspiration at this time. It is well known that from all antiquity it was held no crime to tell a lie, in order to save life. Thus Diphilus:- Æupolambanw to yeudov epi swthria legomenon, ouden peripoieisqai duscerev.

    "I hold it right to tell a lie, in order to procure my personal safety; nothing should be avoided in order to save life." A heathen may say or sing thus; but no Christian can act thus, and save his soul, though he by doing so may save his life.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 2. And David said unto Ahimelech the priest , etc.] In reply to his question, and to account for such an appearance he made without an equipage: the king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, let no man know anything of the business thereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee ; he pretended he was upon a secret expedition, by the order of Saul, which none were to know of, no, not his own servants, and that was the reason why he came to him alone; which was a downright lie, and was aggravated by its being told only for the sake of getting a little food; and especially told to an high priest, and at the tabernacle of God, and when he was come to inquire of the Lord there; and was attended with a dreadful consequence, the slaughter of the Lord’s priests there, which afterwards lay heavy on David’s mind, ( 1 Samuel 22:22); and is the very sin he is thought to refer to in ( <19B928> Psalm 119:28,29). This shows the weakness of the best of men, when left to themselves; David who as much hated lying as any man did, fell into it himself: and I have appointed [my] servants to such and such a place ; to such a place, of such an one, not naming place nor person, that they might not be known; so the Targum calls it a place hidden and kept; and that David had some servants, though not now with him, who ate of the shewbread, appears from ( Matthew 12:3); whom Jonathan might send after him, to a place agreed on and appointed between them; so that this might be true.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-9 -
    David, in distress, fled to the tabernacle of God. It is great comfor in a day of trouble, that we have a God to go to, to whom we may ope our cases, and from whom we may ask and expect direction. David tol Ahimelech a gross untruth. What shall we say to this? The Scriptur does not conceal it, and we dare not justify it; it was ill done, an proved of bad consequence; for it occasioned the death of the priest of the Lord. David thought upon it afterward with regret. David ha great faith and courage, yet both failed him; he fell thus foull through fear and cowardice, and owing to the weakness of his faith. Ha he trusted God aright, he would not have used such a sorry, sinfu shift for his own preservation. It is written, not for us to do the like, no, not in the greatest straits, but for our warning. David aske of Ahimelech bread and a sword. Ahimelech supposed they might eat the shew-bread. The Son of David taught from it, that mercy is to be preferred to sacrifice; that ritual observances must give way to mora duties. Doeg set his foot as far within the tabernacle as David did. We little know with what hearts people come to the house of God, nor what use they will make of pretended devotion. If many come in simplicity of heart to serve their God, others come to observe their teachers and to prove accusers. Only God and the event can distinguish between a Davi and a Doeg, when both are in the tabernacle. (1Sa 21:10-15)


    Original Hebrew

    ויאמר 559  דוד 1732  לאחימלך 288 הכהן 3548 המלך 4428 צוני 6680 דבר 1697 ויאמר 559 אלי 413 אישׁ 376 אל 408 ידע 3045 מאומה 3972 את 853 הדבר 1697 אשׁר 834 אנכי 595 שׁלחך 7971 ואשׁר 834 צויתך 6680 ואת 853 הנערים 5288 יודעתי 3045 אל 413 מקום 4725 פלני 6423 אלמוני׃ 492


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