And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)1 Samuel 18:14-15. David behaved himself wisely — He headed them in all their expeditions, with a bravery and conduct equally distinguished; greatest in command, but greater in his example. He behaved in such a manner that no exception could be taken at any of his actions. The Lord was with him — Made all his undertakings prosperous. Saul’s fears, however, increased in proportion as he saw David still behave so well.1 Kings 22:22. (Compare Acts 16:16-18; Acts 19:15; 1 John 4:1-3). It is impossible to give the sense of "raving" to the word "prophesied," as though a merely natural state of frenzy were intended. The "prophesying" here was as directly the effect of the coming of the evil spirit upon Saul, as the "prophesying" in 1 Samuel 10:10 was the effect of the Spirit of God coming upon him. At the same time it is quite true that "madness" and "prophesyings" were considered as near akin (see Jeremiah 29:26; 2 Kings 9:11).
13. Therefore Saul removed him from him—sent him away from the court, where the principal persons, including his own son, were spellbound with admiration of the young and pious warrior.
made him captain over a thousand—gave him a military commission, which was intended to be an honorable exile. But this post of duty served only to draw out before the public the extraordinary and varied qualities of his character, and to give him a stronger hold of the people's affections.Isaiah 52:13; the reason of it follows:
and the Lord was with him; from whom he had his wisdom and success; the Targum is,"the Word of the Lord was for his help.''And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
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