1 Samuel 16:22
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New International Version
Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, "Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him."

New Living Translation
Then Saul sent word to Jesse asking, "Please let David remain in my service, for I am very pleased with him."

English Standard Version
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight.”

New American Standard Bible
Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Let David now stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight."

King James Bible
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Saul sent word to Jesse: "Let David remain in my service, for I am pleased with him."

International Standard Version
Saul sent a messenger to Jesse to tell him, "Allow David to serve me, because I'm pleased with him."

NET Bible
Then Saul sent word to Jesse saying, "Let David be my servant, for I really like him."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul sent [this message] to Jesse, "Please let David stay with me because I have grown fond of him."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me, for he has found favour in my sight.

King James 2000 Bible
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray you, stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight.

American King James Version
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray you, stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight.

American Standard Version
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favor in my sight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul sent to Isai, saying: Let David stand before me: for he hath found favour in my sight.

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he has found favour in my sight.

English Revised Version
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favor in my sight.

World English Bible
Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Please let David stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight."

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul sendeth unto Jesse, saying, 'Let David, I pray thee, stand before me, for he hath found grace in mine eyes.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:14-23 Saul is made a terror to himself. The Spirit of the Lord departed from him. If God and his grace do not rule us, sin and Satan will have possession of us. The devil, by the Divine permission, troubled and terrified Saul, by the corrupt humours of his body, and passions of his mind. He grew fretful, peevish, and discontented, and at times a madman. It is a pity that music, which may be serviceable to the good temper of the mind, should ever be abused, to support vanity and luxury, and made an occasion of drawing the heart from God and serious things. That is driving away the good Spirit, not the evil spirit. Music, diversions, company, or business, have for a time often been employed to quiet the wounded conscience; but nothing can effect a real cure but the blood of Christ, applied in faith, and the sanctifying Spirit sealing the pardon, by his holy comforts. All other plans to dispel religious melancholy are sure to add to distress, either in this world or the next.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, let David, I pray thee, stand before me,.... Continue in his service; which was great condescension in him, and great respect shown to Jesse, not to detain his son without his leave, and to ask it as a favour of him:

for he hath found favour in my sight: was very acceptable to him which must be very pleasing to Jesse to hear; especially if he was in any fear that Saul had an ill design upon him, when he first sent for him.



1 Samuel 16:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
David Serves Saul
21Then David came to Saul and attended him; and Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer. 22Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Let David now stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight." 23So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him.
Cross References
1 Samuel 16:21
David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.

1 Samuel 16:23
Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

Daniel 1:5
The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king's table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king's service.
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