1 Samuel 16:21
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King James Version
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.

Darby Bible Translation
And David came to Saul, and stood before him; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer.

World English Bible
David came to Saul, and stood before him. He loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.

Young's Literal Translation
And David cometh in unto Saul, and standeth before him, and he loveth him greatly; and he is a bearer of his weapons.

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Geneva Study Bible

And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.

Scofield Reference Notes

[1] And David

Cf. 1Sam 17:55,56. The order of events is:

(1) David, whose skill on the harp, and valour in the combat with the lion and bear 1Sam 17:34,36 were known to "one of the servants" of Saul, was brought to play before the king 1Sam 16:17,18.

(2) David returns to Bethlehem 1Sam 17:15.

(3) David is sent to Saul's camp 1Sam 17:17,18 and performs his great exploit.

(4) Saul's question 1Sam 17:55,56 implies only that he had forgotten the name of David's father --not remarkable certainly in an oriental king.1 Samuel 16:21 Parallel Commentaries

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Of the Joy of a Good Conscience
The testimony of a good conscience is the glory of a good man. Have a good conscience and thou shalt ever have joy. A good conscience is able to bear exceeding much, and is exceeding joyful in the midst of adversities; an evil conscience is ever fearful and unquiet. Thou shalt rest sweetly if thy heart condemn thee not. Never rejoice unless when thou hast done well. The wicked have never true joy, nor feel internal peace, for there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.(1) And if they say
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Early Days
The life of David is naturally divided into epochs, of which we may avail ourselves for the more ready arrangement of our material. These are--his early years up to his escape from the court of Saul, his exile, the prosperous beginning of his reign, his sin and penitence, his flight before Absalom's rebellion, and the darkened end. We have but faint incidental traces of his life up to his anointing by Samuel, with which the narrative in the historical books opens. But perhaps the fact that the story
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

And He had Also this Favour Granted Him. ...
66. And he had also this favour granted him. For as he was sitting alone on the mountain, if ever he was in perplexity in his meditations, this was revealed to him by Providence in prayer. And the happy man, as it is written, was taught of God [1112] . After this, when he once had a discussion with certain men who had come to him concerning the state of the soul and of what nature its place will be after this life, the following night one from above called him, saying, Antony, rise, go out and look.'
Athanasius—Select Works and Letters or Athanasius

Cross References
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, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Judges 9:54
Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died.

1 Samuel 16:22
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.

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

1 Samuel 17:55
And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.

1 Samuel 19:7
And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past.

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

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