New International Version
As they danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
New Living Translation
This was their song: "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!"
English Standard Version
And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”
New American Standard Bible
The women sang as they played, and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands."
King James Bible
And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
As they celebrated, the women sang: Saul has killed his thousands, but David his tens of thousands.
International Standard Version
As the women sang and played, they said, "Saul has struck down his thousands but David his ten thousands."
The women who were playing the music sang, "Saul has struck down his thousands, but David his tens of thousands!"
GOD'S WORD® Translation
The women who were celebrating sang, "Saul has defeated thousands but David tens of thousands!"
JPS Tanakh 1917
And the women sang one to another in their play, and said: Saul hath slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.
New American Standard 1977
And the women sang as they played, and said,
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
18:6-11 David's troubles not only immediately follow his triumphs, but arise from them; such is the vanity of that which seems greatest in this world. It is a sign that the Spirit of God is departed from men, if, like Saul, they are peevish, envious, suspicious, and ill-natured. Compare David, with his harp in his hand, aiming to serve Saul, and Saul, with his javelin in his hand, aiming to slay David; and observe the sweetness and usefulness of God's persecuted people, and the barbarity of their persecutors. But David's safety must be ascribed to God's providence.
Verse 7. - The women answered. I.e. they sang alternately. It was this alternate singing which led to the psalms being composed in parallel sentences, and not in metre; and we from the temple service have inherited our method of chanting antiphonally. As they played. The word is ambiguous, and to an English reader would suggest the idea of the women playing upon the musical instruments. It usually refers to merriment, and so in Zechariah 8:5 it is used of the children playing in the streets, but especially it refers to dancing. Thus in 2 Samuel 2:14 it is used of a war dance ending in a real conflict; and again (2 Samuel 6:5, 21; 1 Chronicles 13:8; 1 Chronicles 15:29) of David dancing to instruments of music, before the ark. Michal probably would not have despised David for playing an instrument of music during a religious ceremony; it was the posturing of the dance which seemed to her beneath the dignity of a king. So these women danced in alternate choruses to the beating of their tambourines and triangles. In Judges 16:25, where, however, it is in a different conjugation, the verb is translated "to make sport." Really Samson was compelled to dance Israel's national war dance before the Philistines.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And the women answered one another as they played,.... They sung vocally to their instruments, and that by turns, one rehearsing one line or verse in the song, and then the other another:
and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands; which, if to be referred to the battle in the preceding chapter, as it commonly is, must be understood thus, that though Saul, in pursuit of the Philistines, slew many thousands of them, and David but one, even Goliath; yet the slaying of him was the occasion of slaying ten thousands, and therefore it is ascribed to him: but it seems rather that in some after battles David had been more prosperous and victorious than Saul, and therefore superior commendations are given him by the author of the song the women sung; which, however just it might be to give them, was not wise, since it served to irritate their king, as follows.
1 Samuel 18:7 Additional Commentaries
Saul Envies David
…6It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. 7The women sang as they played, and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands." 8Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?"…
Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea."
1 Samuel 21:11
But the servants of Achish said to him, "Isn't this David, the king of the land? Isn't he the one they sing about in their dances: "'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands'?"
1 Samuel 29:5
Isn't this the David they sang about in their dances: "'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands'?"
2 Samuel 6:5
David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
2 Samuel 18:3
But the men said, "You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won't care about us. Even if half of us die, they won't care; but you are worth ten thousand of us. It would be better now for you to give us support from the city."
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