1 Samuel 16:19
New International Version
Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."

New Living Translation
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, "Send me your son David, the shepherd."

English Standard Version
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.”

Berean Study Bible
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”

New American Standard Bible
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David who is with the flock."

King James Bible
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

Christian Standard Bible
Then Saul dispatched messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."

Contemporary English Version
Saul sent a message to Jesse: "Tell your son David to leave your sheep and come here to me."

Good News Translation
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, "Send me your son David, the one who takes care of the sheep."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Saul dispatched messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."

International Standard Version
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."

NET Bible
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is out with the sheep.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me David your son, who is with the sheep."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said: 'Send me David thy son, who is with the sheep.'

New American Standard 1977
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David who is with the flock.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse and said, Send me David, thy son, who is with the sheep.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.

American King James Version
Why Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, Send me David your son, which is with the sheep.

American Standard Version
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, who is with the sheep.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Saul sent messengers to Jessae, saying, Send to me thy son David who is with thy flock.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Saul sent messengers to Isai, saying: Send me David thy son, who is in the pastures.

Darby Bible Translation
Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, Send me David thy son, who is with the sheep.

English Revised Version
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, Send to me David thy son, who is with the sheep.

World English Bible
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me David your son, who is with the sheep."

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul sendeth messengers unto Jesse, and saith, 'Send unto me David thy son, who is with the flock.'
Study Bible
David Serves Saul
18One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a mighty man of valor, a warrior, eloquent and handsome, and the LORD is with him.” 19So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and one young goat, and sent them to Saul with his son David.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 16:18
One of the servants answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a mighty man of valor, a warrior, eloquent and handsome, and the LORD is with him."

1 Samuel 16:20
And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and one young goat, and sent them to Saul with his son David.

1 Samuel 17:15
but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep in Bethlehem.

Treasury of Scripture

Why Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, Send me David your son, which is with the sheep.

with the sheep

1 Samuel 16:11
And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

1 Samuel 17:15,33,34
But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem…

Exodus 3:1-10
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb…







Lexicon
So Saul
שָׁא֛וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

sent
וַיִּשְׁלַ֥ח (way·yiš·laḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

messengers
מַלְאָכִ֖ים (mal·’ā·ḵîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Jesse
יִשָׁ֑י (yi·šāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3448: Jesse -- father of David

and said,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Send
שִׁלְחָ֥ה (šil·ḥāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

me your son
בִּנְךָ֖ (bin·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

David,
דָּוִ֥ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

who
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

is with the sheep.”
בַּצֹּֽאן׃ (baṣ·ṣōn)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock
Verses 19, 20. - Saul sent messengers to fetch David, the description of him as a brave soldier being even more to the king's liking (see 1 Samuel 14:52) than his skill in music. As a great man might not be approached without a present (1 Samuel 9:7; 1 Samuel 10:4), Jesse sends one consisting of produce from his farm. It consisted of an ass of bread - a strange expression; but there is little doubt that a word has been omitted, and that we should read, with the Syriac, "And Jesse took an ass, and laded it with bread, and a skin of wine, and a kid." It was not an ass laden with bread, as in the A.V., but all three things were placed upon the animal. 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.
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