1 Samuel 16:21
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New International Version
David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.

New Living Translation
So David went to Saul and began serving him. Saul loved David very much, and David became his armor bearer.

English Standard Version
And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer.

Berean Study Bible
When David came to Saul and entered his service, Saul admired him greatly, and David became his armor-bearer.

New American Standard Bible
Then David came to Saul and attended him; and Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer.

King James Bible
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.

Christian Standard Bible
When David came to Saul and entered his service, Saul loved him very much, and David became his armor-bearer.

Contemporary English Version
David went to Saul and started working for him. Saul liked him so much that he put David in charge of carrying his weapons.

Good News Translation
David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much and chose him as the man to carry his weapons.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When David came to Saul and entered his service, Saul admired him greatly, and David became his armor-bearer.

International Standard Version
David went to Saul and began to serve him. Saul loved him very much, and he became his armor bearer.

NET Bible
David came to Saul and stood before him. Saul liked him a great deal, and he became his armor bearer.

New Heart English Bible
David came to Saul, and stood before him. He loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David came to Saul and served him. Saul loved him very much and made David his armorbearer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David came to Saul, and stood before him; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer.

New American Standard 1977
Then David came to Saul and attended him, and Saul loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David came to Saul and stood before him; and he loved him greatly, and he became his armourbearer.

King James 2000 Bible
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armorbearer.

American King James Version
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.

American Standard Version
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armorbearer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him exceedingly, and made him his armourbearer.

Darby Bible Translation
And David came to Saul, and stood before him; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer.

English Revised Version
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armor-bearer.

World English Bible
David came to Saul, and stood before him. He loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.

Young's Literal Translation
And David cometh in unto Saul, and standeth before him, and he loveth him greatly; and he is a bearer of his weapons.
Study Bible
David Serves Saul
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. 21When David came to Saul and entered his service, Saul admired him greatly, and David became his armor-bearer. 22Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”…
Cross References
Genesis 41:46
Now Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph left Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout the land of Egypt.

Judges 9:54
He quickly called his armor-bearer, saying, "Draw your sword and kill me, lest they say of me, 'A woman killed him.'" So Abimelech's armor-bearer ran his sword through him, and he died.

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

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

1 Samuel 17:55
As Saul had watched David going out to confront the Philistine, he said to Abner the commander of the army, "Abner, whose son is this young man?" "As surely as you live, O king," Abner replied, "I do not know."

1 Samuel 19:7
So Jonathan summoned David and told him all these things. Then Jonathan brought David to Saul to serve him as he had before.

Proverbs 22:29
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will be stationed in the presence of kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Treasury of Scripture

And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.

stood before him

Genesis 41:46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king …

Deuteronomy 1:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which stands before you, he shall go in …

Deuteronomy 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark …

1 Kings 10:8 Happy are your men, happy are these your servants, which stand continually …

Proverbs 22:29 See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; …

loved him

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.







(21) And he became his armour-bearer.--But probably only for a very short time. David returned, we should conclude, to Samuel, whose pupil and friend we know he was. The seer was watching over the young man with a view to his lofty destiny. Saul apparently, from his question in 1Samuel 17:55, "Whose son is this youth?" had forgotten all about him. There is no "note of time," so we are not able to determine how long a period had elapsed between the events narrated in this chapter and the combat with the Philistines told in 1 Samuel 17. It is, however, likely that the king's malady, which was making rapid progress in this period of his reign, had already obscured his once powerful mind; his memory for the past was likely enough to have been treacherous.

Verses 21-23. - David came to Saul, and stood before him. The latter phrase means, "became one of his regular attendants." This, and his being appointed one of Saul's armour bearers, happened only after the lapse of some time. The armour bearer, like the esquire in the middle ages, had to carry his lord's lance, and sword, and shield, and was always a tried soldier, and one whom the king trusted. It was apparently after the combat with Goliath that Saul sent to Jesse, and asked that David might be always with him; and until his jealousy burst forth David was very dear to him, and his music exercised a soothing influence upon his melancholy. At first, probably, these fits of insanity came upon Saul only at distant intervals, but afterwards more frequently, and with such loss of self-control that he more than once tried to murder David, and even Jonathan, his own son. We have, then, here a summary of the relations of Saul to David until the unfortunate day when the king heard the women ascribe to the youthful soldier the higher honor (1 Samuel 18:7); and thenceforward these friendly feelings gave way to a growing dislike which deprived Saul of a faithful servant, and finally cost him his crown and life on Mount Gilboa.



And David came to Saul, and stood before him,.... As a servant, and ministered to him in the way, and for the purpose for which he was sent:

and he loved him greatly; being a comely person, and a well behaved youth, and especially as he was serviceable to him with his music, in driving away melancholy from him:

and he became his armourbearer; that is, he appointed him to this office, though we never read that he exercised it; nor did he go with Saul in this capacity to the battle related in the following chapter: it may be literally rendered: "and he was to him a bearer of vessels", or "instruments" (q); and Abarbinel thinks this is to be understood not of instruments of war, but of instruments of music to play with; which he brought in and bare before him when he went in to the king.

(q) "et fuit ei ferens vasa", Montanus; "ferens instrumenta", Piscator. 21. David came to Saul—Providence thus prepared David for his destiny, by placing him in a way to become acquainted with the manners of the court, the business of government, and the general state of the kingdom.

became his armour-bearer—This choice, as being an expression of the king's partiality, shows how honorable the office was held to be.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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