1 Samuel 16

Chapter 16

16:21  And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.

And David Cf. 1 Samuel 17:55 1 Samuel 17:56 . The order of events is:

(1) David, whose skill on the harp, and valour in the combat with the lion and bear 1 Samuel 17:34 1 Samuel 17:36 were known to "one of the servants" of Saul, was brought to play before the king 1 Samuel 16:17 1 Samuel 16:18 .

(2) David returns to Bethlehem 1 Samuel 17:15 .

(3) David is sent to Saul's camp 1 Samuel 17:17 1 Samuel 17:18 and performs his great exploit.

(4) Saul's question 1 Samuel 17:55 1 Samuel 17:56 implies only that he had forgotten the name of David's father --not remarkable certainly in an oriental king.

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