1 Samuel 16:21
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English Standard Version
And David came to Saul and entered his service. 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When Saul's attendants, i.e., his officers at court, perceived the mental ailment of the king, they advised him to let the evil spirit which troubled him be charmed away by instrumental music. "Let our lord speak (command); thy servants are before thee (i.e., ready to serve thee): they will seek a man skilled in playing upon the harp; so will it be well with thee when an evil spirit of God comes upon thee, and he (the man referred to) plays with his hands." The powerful influence exerted by music upon the state of the mind was well known even in the earliest times; so that the wise men of ancient Greece recommended music to soothe the passions, to heal mental diseases, and even to check tumults among the people. From the many examples collected by Grotius, Clericus, and more especially Bochart in the Hieroz. P. i. l. 2, c. 44, we will merely cite the words of Censorinus (de die natali, c. 12): "Pythagoras ut animum sua semper divinitate imbueret, priusquam se somno daret et cum esset expergitus, cithara ut ferunt cantare consueverat, et Asclepiades medicus phreneticorum mentes morbo turbatas saepe per symphoniam suae naturae reddidit."

1 Samuel 16:21 Parallel Commentaries

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stood before him

Genesis 41:46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh...

Deuteronomy 1:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which stands before you, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

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

1 Kings 10:8 Happy are your men, happy are these your servants, which stand continually before you, and that hear your wisdom.

Proverbs 22:29 See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

loved him

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance...

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.

Cross References
Genesis 41:46
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.

Judges 9:54
Then he called quickly to the young man his armor-bearer and said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, lest they say of me, 'A woman killed him.'" And his young man thrust him through, and he died.

1 Samuel 16:22
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight."

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

1 Samuel 17:55
As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, "Abner, whose son is this youth?" And Abner said, "As your soul lives, O king, I do not know."

1 Samuel 19:7
And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan reported to him all these things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before.

Proverbs 22:29
Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

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