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I Samuel 30

Chapter 30

 

v. 1:  It is ironic that David is continuing the war against the Amalekites while Saul is facing his own destruction and the end of his dynasty.  (Remember that it was Saul’s failure to carry out the destruction of the Amalekites to completion that cost him his throne in the first place.  See 15:17-23 and 28:18.) 

 

v. 9:  This “six hundred” men seems like a constant number.  1st Chronicles 12:19-22 makes it seem like David’s army should be bigger now than it was back in 23:13, but perhaps the men referred to in 1st Chronicles roughly replace the number he lost in battle.

 

v. 13:  The three day period between the time the Egyptian’s master abandoned him and the time David found him seems to emphasize the mercy of providence both to David and the Egyptian in this scenario, as if God called David back from the war, in part, for this purpose.  Notice that in verse one the narrative goes to the trouble of recording that David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day, which makes it seem like God sent David back roughly around the time the Egyptian was abandoned.

 

v. 15:  Predictably, this man has little affection for the master who had abandoned him to die.

 

v. 24:  The statement, “Who will listen to what you say?” is rather difficult for me to explain.  Perhaps it means who will listen to what the wicked and worthless men of verse twenty-two say because they are so obviously unfair, or because nobody is upset anymore since the people have their families and possessions back.  Perhaps these same worthless men urged the rest to stone David back in verse six, and David is taking this opportunity to rebuke them for their wickedness then and now. 

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