And David said unto him, to whom [belongest] thou?
&c.] To what country or people? and to whom among them?
and whence [art] thou?
of what nation? where wast thou born? what countryman art thou? for his being called an Egyptian before seems to be by anticipation, unless it was guessed at by his habit; for until he had eaten and drank he could not speak, and so could not be known by his speech:
for he said, I [am] a young man of Egypt;
that was the country he belonged to, and came from; he was an Egyptian by birth:
servant to an Amalekite;
one of those that had invaded the country, and burnt Ziklag, as it follows:
and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick;
which was very barbarous and cruel to leave him at all, when they had camels with them, ( 1 Samuel 30:17 ) ; and no doubt carriages for their arms, provision, and spoil, and men; and more so to leave him without anybody with him to take care of him, and without any food, when he capable of eating any; but so it was ordered by the providence of God, that should be left to be the instrument of the just ruin of his master, and of the whole troop.