1 Samuel 20:24
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English Standard Version
So David hid himself in the field. And when the new moon came, the king sat down to eat food.

King James Bible
So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.

American Standard Version
So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat food.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So David was hid in the field, and the new moon came, and the king sat down to eat bread.

English Revised Version
So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.

Webster's Bible Translation
So David hid himself in the field: and when the new-moon had come, the king sat down to eat food.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

He then discussed the sign with him for letting him know about his father's state of mind: "To-morrow is new moon, and thou wilt be missed, for thy seat will be empty," sc., at Saul's table (see at 1 Samuel 20:5). "And on the third day come down quickly (from thy sojourning place), and go to the spot where thou didst hide thyself on the day of the deed, and place thyself by the side of the stone Ezel." The first words in this (19th) verse are not without difficulty. The meaning "on the third day" for the verb שׁלּשׁ cannot be sustained by parallel passages, but is fully established, partly by השּׁלשׁית, the third day, and partly by the Arabic usage (vid., Ges. Thes. s. v.). מאד after תּרד, lit., "go violently down," is more striking still. Nevertheless the correctness of the text is not to be called in question, since שׁלּשׁתּ is sustained by τρισσεύσει in the Septuagint, and מאד תּרד by descende ergo festinus in the Vulgate, and also by the rendering in the Chaldee, Arabic, and Syriac versions, "and on the third day thou wilt be missed still more," which is evidently merely a conjecture founded upon the context. The meaning of המּעשׂה בּיום is doubtful. Gesenius, De Wette, and Maurer render it "on the day of the deed," and understand it as referring to Saul's deed mentioned in 1 Samuel 19:2, viz., his design of killing David; others render it "on the day of business," i.e., the working day (Luther, after the lxx and Vulgate), but this is not so good a rendering. The best is probably that of Thenius, "on the day of the business" (which is known to thee). Nothing further can be said concerning the stone Ezel than that Ezel is a proper name.

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Psalm 50:16-21 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth...

Proverbs 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

Proverbs 21:3,27 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice...

Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams...

Zechariah 7:6 And when you did eat, and when you did drink, did not you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?

John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall...

Cross References
1 Samuel 20:5
David said to Jonathan, "Behold, tomorrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit at table with the king. But let me go, that I may hide myself in the field till the third day at evening.

1 Samuel 20:23
And as for the matter of which you and I have spoken, behold, the LORD is between you and me forever."

1 Samuel 20:25
The king sat on his seat, as at other times, on the seat by the wall. Jonathan sat opposite, and Abner sat by Saul's side, but David's place was empty.

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