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1 Samuel 18:13

13 So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns.

Read 1 Samuel 18:13 Using Other Translations

Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
So Saul removed him from his presence and made him a commander of a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people.
Finally, Saul sent him away and appointed him commander over 1,000 men, and David faithfully led his troops into battle.

What does 1 Samuel 18:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 18:13

Therefore Saul removed him from him
From court, partly that he might be out of his sight, having such an hatred of his person that he could not bear to see him, and partly that he might be safer from any designs of his upon his life, which he might fear, because of his treatment of him:

and made him his captain over a thousand;
not out of respect to him, and in honour of him, but partly to cover his malice, and please the people, and partly in hope that he might be slain by the enemy at the head of his troop:

and he went out and came in before the people;
or at the head of them, as the Targum; he led them out to war, and returned with them in safety, with victory and in triumph, with great honour, and highly respected by them; quite contrary to the intention and hope of Saul.

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