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I Samuel 18

Chapter 18

 

v. 1:  I wonder why Jonathan and David grew so close.  Maybe they were kindred spirits, men after God’s own heart.  Certainly the earlier stories about Jonathan (chapter 14) testify to his faith.  Along those lines, however, notice that even Jonathan would not fight with Goliath.  Perhaps it was David’s great faith that drew Jonathan to him.  If that is the case, their relationship is a real mark of Jonathan’s character since he was not jealous of David but rather admired him.  Obviously, Saul did not react as nobly as did his son.

 

v. 2: The Oxford commentary considers 17:55 to be idiomatic for “Who is this young man?” but 18:2 could offer a more literal, practical explanation.  Perhaps Saul wants to know whose son David is so that he can inform the father that David will be in the king’s service from then on.  Then again, as my friend Charlie Marcussen notes, the expression of 17:55 might be an idiom expressing incredulity, as with the crowd in Nazareth when they watched Jesus preach in his home town and asked, “Is this Jesus, son of Joseph?”

 

v. 10: I wonder if this episode with the distressing spirit was caused by Saul’s jealousy.  One could easily read the narrative thus.  If that was the case, maybe many or all appearances of this distressing spirit were brought on as a consequence of evil acts of Saul’s own will.  

 

v. 11:  The second time David escapes must be the one recorded in 19:9-10. 

 

v. 21:  I think that being “a snare” to David means only that, through desire for her, David would risk his life and possibly die attempting to satisfy Saul’s requirements for marriage to his daughter.  It is interesting to note that when David later murdered Uriah the Hittite, he used a similarly passive sort of tactic (i.e., he set things up so that the man was killed in battle).

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2 Responses to “I Samuel 18”

  1. […] “When he [David] had finished speaking to Saul,” thus linking the end of the Goliath story to 18:2 (see notes there), which says that “Saul took him [David] that day and would not let him go home to his father’s […]

  2. […] “When he [David] had finished speaking to Saul,” thus linking the end of the Goliath story to 18:2 (see notes there), which says that “Saul took him [David] that day and would not let him go home to his father’s […]

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