And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)What have I done?—The whole address of David to Saul is intensely reverent, even loving. The conspicuous trophy of his late “night raid” was in his hand; we can imagine the first rays of the morning sun lighting up the glittering royal spear grasped by David. Saul could not help recognising that at least the son of Jesse sought not his life.2 Samuel 3:31-34, 2 Samuel 3:38, as well as by his whole history. At the same time David's bantering tone in regard to Abner, coupled with what he says in 1 Samuel 26:19, makes it proable that David attributed Saul's persecution of him in some degree to Abner. Abner would be likely to dread a rival in the young conqueror of Judah (compare 2 Samuel 2:8).
for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand? what crime had he committed, that he was pursued after this manner, and his life sought for? what had he done worthy of death? having a clear conscience, he could boldly ask these questions.And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand?
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)18. And he said, &c.] With David’s speech here compare that in 1 Samuel 24:9 ff. Here he affirms his innocence indirectly by challenging Saul to give his reasons for persecuting him: there he appeals directly to his having spared Saul’s life as a proof of his loyalty.
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