1 Samuel 18:11
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New International Version
and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.

King James Bible
And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul cast the spear, and thought, I will smite David and the wall. But David turned away from him twice.

World English Bible
and Saul threw the spear; for he said, "I will pin David even to the wall!" David escaped from his presence twice.

Young's Literal Translation
and Saul casteth the javelin, and saith, 'I smite through David, even through the wall;' and David turneth round out of his presence twice.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Saul cast the javelin - The javelin or spear was the emblem of regal authority; kings always had it at hand, and in ancient monuments they are always represented with it.

In ancient times, says Justin, kings used a spear instead of a diadem: Per ea tempora reges hastas pro diademate habebant, Hist. lib. xliii. And as spears were the emblems of supreme power, hence they were reputed as attributes of the Divinity, and were worshipped as representatives of the gods. Ab origne verum, pro Diis immortalibus veteres Hastas coluerent, ob cujus religionis memoriam, adhuc deorum simulachris Hastae adduntur. - Ibid.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

cast the javelin

1 Samuel 19:9,10 And the evil spirit from the LORD was on Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand...

1 Samuel 20:33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.

Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn...

And David

Psalm 37:32,33 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him...

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn...

Luke 4:30 But he passing through the middle of them went his way,

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the middle of them...

John 10:39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

Library
A Soul's Tragedy
'And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war; and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants. 6. And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. 7. And the women answered one another as they played,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Exile.
David's first years at the court of Saul in Gibeah do not appear to have produced any psalms which still survive. "The sweetest songs are those Which tell of saddest thought." It was natural, then, that a period full of novelty and of prosperous activity, very unlike the quiet days at Bethlehem, should rather accumulate materials for future use than be fruitful in actual production. The old life shut to behind him for ever, like some enchanted door in a hill-side, and an unexplored land lay beckoning
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Cross References
Hebrews 11:34
quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

1 Samuel 19:9
But an evil spirit from the LORD came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre,

1 Samuel 19:10
Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.

1 Samuel 20:33
But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.

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