1 Samuel 18:21
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English Standard Version
Saul thought, “Let me give her to him, that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” Therefore Saul said to David a second time, “You shall now be my son-in-law.”

King James Bible
And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.

American Standard Version
And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law a second time.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul said: I will give her to him, that she may be a stumblingblock to him, and that the band of the Philistines may be upon him. And Saul said to David: In two things thou shalt be my son in law this day.

English Revised Version
And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law a second time.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Saul said, I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law, in the one of the two.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

As chief commander over thousand, he went out and in before the people, i.e., he carried out military enterprises, and that so wisely and prosperously, that the blessing of the Lord rested upon all he did. But these successes on David's part increased Saul's fear of him, whereas all Israel and Judah came to love him as their leader. David's success in all that he took in hand compelled Saul to promote him; and his standing with the people increased with his promotion. But as the Spirit of God had departed from Saul, this only filled him more and more with dread of David as his rival. As the hand of the Lord was visibly displayed in David's success, so, on the other hand, Saul's rejection by God was manifested in his increasing fear of David.

1 Samuel 18:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a snare

Exodus 10:7 And Pharaoh's servants said to him, How long shall this man be a snare to us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God...

Psalm 7:14-16 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood...

Psalm 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things...

Proverbs 26:24-26 He that hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within him...

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

Jeremiah 9:8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth...

the hand

1 Samuel 18:17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give you to wife: only be you valiant for me...

1 Samuel 19:11,12 Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David's wife told him, saying...

this day

1 Samuel 18:26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son in law: and the days were not expired.

Cross References
Exodus 10:7
Then Pharaoh's servants said to him, "How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?"

1 Samuel 18:17
Then Saul said to David, "Here is my elder daughter Merab. I will give her to you for a wife. Only be valiant for me and fight the LORD's battles." For Saul thought, "Let not my hand be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him."

1 Samuel 18:22
And Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to David in private and say, 'Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you. Now then become the king's son-in-law.'"

1 Samuel 18:26
And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law. Before the time had expired,

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