1 Samuel 26:6

6 Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Joab's brother 1Abishai the son of Zeruiah, 2"Who will go down with me into the camp to Saul?" And Abishai said, "I will go down with you."

1 Samuel 26:6 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 26:6

Then answered David
Or addressed himself to the two following persons:

and said to Ahimelech the Hittite;
who was either an Hittite by birth, but was become a proselyte, or he was an Israelite that had dwelt among the Hittites, and so had this name given him; the former seems most probable; some say F11 this was Uriah the Hittite:

and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab;
Zeruiah was the sister of David, ( 1 Chronicles 2:15 1 Chronicles 2:16 ) ; and these were two sons of hers, who very probably joined David at the cave of Adullam, ( 1 Samuel 22:1 ) ;

saying, who will go down with me to Saul to the camp?
that is, which of you two?

and Abishai said, I will go down with thee;
the other being timorous, or Abishai being most forward spoke first.


FOOTNOTES:

F11 Hieron. Trad. Heb. in lib. Reg. fol. 76. M.

1 Samuel 26:6 In-Context

4 David sent out spies and learned that Saul had come.
5 Then David rose and came to the place where Saul had encamped. And David saw the place where Saul lay, with Abner the son of Ner, the commander of his army. Saul was lying within the encampment, while the army was encamped around him.
6 Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Joab's brother Abishai the son of Zeruiah, "Who will go down with me into the camp to Saul?" And Abishai said, "I will go down with you."
7 So David and Abishai went to the army by night. And there lay Saul sleeping within the encampment, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head, and Abner and the army lay around him.
8 Then said Abishai to David, "God has given your enemy into your hand this day. Now please let me pin him to the earth with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice."

Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Samuel 2:18; 2 Samuel 3:39; 2 Samuel 16:10; 2 Samuel 19:22; 1 Chronicles 2:16
  • 2. [Judges 7:9-11]