And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray you, stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)1 Samuel 17:55-58, is met thus: The words here are the ultimate sequence of David's first visit to Saul, and of his skill in music, and are therefore placed here; but they did not really come to pass until after David's victory over Goliath (see 1 Samuel 18:2). It is quite conceivable that if David had only played once or twice to Saul, and then returned to his father's house for some months, Saul might not recognize him.
became his armour-bearer—This choice, as being an expression of the king's partiality, shows how honorable the office was held to be.
for he hath found favour in my sight: was very acceptable to him which must be very pleasing to Jesse to hear; especially if he was in any fear that Saul had an ill design upon him, when he first sent for him.And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favor in my sight.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)22. Let David … stand before me] Thus David entered upon the first stage of special education for his office. In Saul’s court he was placed in a position which gave opportunity for the development of his powers, and for gaining the esteem and love of the people.
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