This is the concluding section of the history of the rise of David (see 1 Sam. 16.1–2 Sam. 5.25 n.
). Though strongly favorable toward David, it is a fine piece of balanced historical writing.
Throughout the account of his rise David is viewed as maintaining scrupulous loyalty toward Saul. That emphasis here reaches
its strongest expression.
The narrative resumes from the end of 1 Sam. ch. 30
Compare the messenger in 1 Sam. 4.12
On Saul's spear, see 1 Sam. 26.9–11 n.
The Amalekite was a mercenary in the Israelite army.
On the LORD's anointed, see 1 Sam. 24.4–7 n.
Since David was a harpist (1 Sam. 16.14–23
) this dirge may indeed go back to him. It is lyric poetry without any particular religious aspect.
Jashar: “Upright.” On the Book of Jashar
see Josh. 10.13 n.
Its contents may have been taught to the people, probably by recitation at assemblies and festivals.
see 1 Sam 14.6 n.
The place of Saul's death should be afflicted with drought. The leather shields were kept in good condition with oil.
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