1 Samuel 21:15
New International Version
Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”

New Living Translation
We already have enough of them around here! Why should I let someone like this be my guest?”

English Standard Version
Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”

Berean Study Bible
Am I in need of madmen, that you have brought this man to rave in my presence? Must this man come into my house?”

King James Bible
Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

New King James Version
Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”

New American Standard Bible
Do I lack insane people, that you have brought this one to behave like an insane person in my presence? Shall this one come into my house?”

NASB 1995
“Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this one to act the madman in my presence? Shall this one come into my house?”

NASB 1977
“Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this one to act the madman in my presence? Shall this one come into my house?”

Amplified Bible
Do I lack madmen, that you bring this one to behave like a madman in my presence? Shall this one come into my house?”

Christian Standard Bible
Do I have such a shortage of crazy people that you brought this one to act crazy around me? Is this one going to come into my house? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do I have such a shortage of crazy people that you brought this one to act crazy around me? Is this one going to come into my house?”

American Standard Version
Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Akish said to his Servants: “Behold, you have seen that the man is mad! Why have you brought him to me?” [16] Am I lacking sense that you have brought this man who is insane to me? Shall this man enter my house?!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Am I in want of madmen, that ye have brought him in to me to play the madman? He shall not come into the house.

Contemporary English Version
I have enough crazy people without your bringing another one here. Keep him away from my palace!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
Have we need of madmen, that you have brought in this fellow, to play the madman in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

English Revised Version
Do I lack mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

Good News Translation
Don't I have enough madmen already? Why bring another one to bother me with his crazy actions right here in my own house?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do I have such a shortage of lunatics that you bring this man so that he can show me he is insane? Does this man have to come into my house?"

International Standard Version
Am I lacking madmen that you bring me this one to act like a madman around me? Shall this one come into my house?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?'

Literal Standard Version
Am I lacking madmen, that you have brought in this one to act as a madman before me? Does this one come into my house?”

NET Bible
Do I have a shortage of fools, that you have brought me this man to display his insanity in front of me? Should this man enter my house?"

New Heart English Bible
Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?"

World English Bible
Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?"

Young's Literal Translation
A lack of madmen have I, that ye have brought in this one to act as a madman by me! doth this one come in unto my house?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Flees to Gath
14Then Achish said to his servants, “Look, you can see that the man is insane! Why have you brought him to me? 15Am I in need of madmen, that you have brought this man to rave in my presence? Must this man come into my house?”

Cross References
1 Samuel 21:14
Then Achish said to his servants, "Look, you can see that the man is insane! Why have you brought him to me?

1 Samuel 22:1
So David left Gath and took refuge in the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and the rest of his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there.


Treasury of Scripture

Have I need of mad men, that you have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Am I
אָ֔נִי (’ā·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

in need of
חֲסַ֤ר (ḥă·sar)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

madmen,
מְשֻׁגָּעִים֙ (mə·šug·gā·‘îm)
Verb - Pual - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 7696: To rave through insanity

that
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you have brought
הֲבֵאתֶ֣ם (hă·ḇê·ṯem)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

this man
זֶ֔ה (zeh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

to rave
לְהִשְׁתַּגֵּ֖עַ (lə·hiš·tag·gê·a‘)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7696: To rave through insanity

in my presence?
עָלָ֑י (‘ā·lāy)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Must this [man]
הֲזֶ֖ה (hă·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

come
יָב֥וֹא (yā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

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

my house?”
בֵּיתִֽי׃ (bê·ṯî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1004: A house


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