1 Samuel 21:15

15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”

Read 1 Samuel 21:15 Using Other Translations

Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?
Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?"
We already have enough of them around here! Why should I let someone like this be my guest?”

What does 1 Samuel 21:15 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 21:15

Have I need of madmen?
&c.] Or fools, do I want them? have not I enough of them already at my court? I want wise men, and not fools and madmen. The Jews say F23 that the wife and daughter of Achish were mad; that while David was playing the fool and madman without, they were acting the same part within; so that Achish had enough of that sort of diversion, if it was to be reckoned such; as it was according to the taste of some persons, who used, as in later so in earlier times, to keep fools in their houses to make them sport; but Achish had enough of that, and too much, at least needed no more:

that ye have brought this [fellow] to play the madman in my presence?
or act the part of a fool before me:

shall this [fellow] come into mine house?
court or palace, and have a post there; you need be in no pain about it; he is neither agreeable to me, nor fit for any; and therefore Achish drove him away as a fool or madman, instead of imprisoning him as an enemy, or taking away his life; see the title of the thirty fourth psalm, ( Psalms 34:1 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F23 Midrash Tillim apud Abarbinel. in loc.
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