1 Samuel 17:29
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New International Version
"Now what have I done?" said David. "Can't I even speak?"

New Living Translation
"What have I done now?" David replied. "I was only asking a question!"

English Standard Version
And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?”

New American Standard Bible
But David said, "What have I done now? Was it not just a question?"

King James Bible
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"What have I done now?" protested David. "It was just a question."

International Standard Version
"What have I done now?" David asked. "It was just a question, wasn't it?"

NET Bible
David replied, "What have I done now? Can't I say anything?"

New Heart English Bible
David said, "What have I now done? Is there not a cause?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"What have I done now?" David snapped at him. "Didn't I [merely] ask a question?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David said: 'What have I now done? Was it not but a word?'

New American Standard 1977
But David said, “What have I done now? Was it not just a question?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

King James 2000 Bible
And David said, What have I now done? Is it not a word?

American King James Version
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

American Standard Version
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David said: What have I done? is there not cause to speak?

Darby Bible Translation
And David said, What have I now done? Was it not laid upon me?

English Revised Version
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

Webster's Bible Translation
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

World English Bible
David said, "What have I now done? Is there not a cause?"

Young's Literal Translation
And David saith, 'What have I done now? is it not a word?'
Study Bible
David Accepts the Challenge
28Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger burned against David and he said, "Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle." 29But David said, "What have I done now? Was it not just a question?" 30Then he turned away from him to another and said the same thing; and the people answered the same thing as before.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 17:28
Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger burned against David and he said, "Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle."

1 Samuel 17:30
Then he turned away from him to another and said the same thing; and the people answered the same thing as before.
Treasury of Scripture

And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Acts 11:2-4 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision …

1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

(29) Is there not a cause?--David answers his jealous and over-bearing elder brother with all gentleness and forbearance, but he does not cease to make his inquiries of the soldiers respecting the giant, nor does he refrain from loudly expressing his astonishment at such a public insult to the God of Israel being allowed to continue for so many days. The Hebrew here would be more literally rendered, "Is it not a word," or "It was only a word," thus deprecating his elder brother's anger. "What have I done? It was but a mere word. I was only speaking with holy anger about this impious challenge of the Philistine; nothing more." The ancient versions thus understand this clause.

If we render as the Authorised Version, then the sense is quite clear. "You seem bitterly displeased with my zeal in this matter, but surely, is there not a good cause for my passionate emotion here--such an insult to our God?"

And David said, what have I now done?.... That is criminal and blameworthy; as if he should say, I have only expressed an indignation against this uncircumcised Philistine, and a concern for the glory of God, and the honour of the people of Israel:

is there not a cause? either for his coming to the camp, being sent by his father; or of his expressing himself with indignation at the Philistine's defiance of the armies of Israel. Some take the sense to be, that he had done nothing, he had not committed any fact; it was mere words what he had said, he had attempted nothing, and therefore there was no reason to bear so hard upon him; to this purpose is the Targum,"what have I done as yet? is it not a word "only" which I have spoken?''but the former sense seems best. 17:12-30 Jesse little thought of sending his son to the army at that critical juncture; but the wise God orders actions and affairs, so as to serve his designs. In times of general formality and lukewarmness, every degree of zeal which implies readiness to go further, or to venture more in the cause of God than others, will be blamed as pride and ambition, and by none more than by near relations, like Eliab, or negligent superiors. It was a trial of David's meekness, patience, and constancy. He had right and reason on his side, and did not render railing for railing; with a soft answer he turned away his brother's wrath. This conquest of his own passion was more honourable than that of Goliath. Those who undertake great and public services, must not think it strange if they are spoken ill of, and opposed by those from whom they expect support and assistance. They must humbly go on with their work, in the face not only of enemies' threats, but of friends' slights and suspicions.
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