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1 Samuel 18:7

7 As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”

Read 1 Samuel 18:7 Using Other Translations

And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, "Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands."
This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!”

What does 1 Samuel 18:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 18:7

And the women answered [one another] as they played
They sung vocally to their instruments, and that by turns, one rehearsing one line or verse in the song, and then the other another:

and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands;
which, if to be referred to the battle in the preceding chapter, as it commonly is, must be understood thus, that though Saul, in pursuit of the Philistines, slew many thousands of them, and David but one, even Goliath; yet the slaying of him was the occasion of slaying ten thousands, and therefore it is ascribed to him: but it seems rather that in some after battles David had been more prosperous and victorious than Saul, and therefore superior commendations are given him by the author of the song the women sung; which, however just it might be to give them, was not wise, since it served to irritate their king, as follows.

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