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I Samuel 27

Chapter 27


v. 2:  The first time David went to Achish, I believe he was alone.  The first mention of David’s followers is in 22:2, after he leaves Achish in fear.  There he has four hundred followers.  By 23:13 he has the six hundred that he has now in chapter twenty-seven.  Perhaps this following gave David a little more security, in addition to the fact that he was now the well known adversary of Saul rather than simply the killer of ten thousands as in 21:11.


v. 9:  This is brutal, and from the narrative it does not seem that David’s motive in wiping out these people was the same as that of Joshua.  After all, David keeps the goods of the towns he raids.  Nevertheless, all of these people (with the possible, but not probable, exception of the Girzites, who are not mentioned elsewhere in the Old Testament) were devoted for destruction to the LORD since the time of Joshua’s conquest.  I am sure David was aware of that and so felt no qualms about destroying them.


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