2 Samuel 1:1

David Hears of Saul’s Death

1 After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days.

Read 2 Samuel 1:1 Using Other Translations

Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
After the death of Saul, when David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag.
After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag.

What does 2 Samuel 1:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 1:1

Now it came to pass after the death of Saul
The third day after, as appears from the next verse:

when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites;
as related in ( 1 Samuel 30:17 ) ;

and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
which, though fired by the Amalekites, was not utterly consumed, but there was still some convenience for the lodging of David and his men; within this time he sent his presents to several places in the tribe of Judah, of which mention is made in the chapter before quoted, and at the same time it was that so many mighty men came to him from several tribes spoken of in ( 1 Chronicles 12:1-40 ) .

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