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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

1 Kings (1 Samuel) Chapter 18

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:1

sa1 18:1

Loved him - For his excellent virtues and endowments, which shone forth both in his speeches and actions; for the service he had done to God and to his people; and for the similitude of their age and qualities.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:2

sa1 18:2

Took him, &c. - By which it appears, that before this David had not his constant residence at court.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:5

sa1 18:5

Went - Upon military expeditions, of which that word is often used.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:10

sa1 18:10

The evil spirit, &c. - His fits of frenzy returned upon him. The very next day after he conceived envy at David, the evil spirit was permitted by God to seize him again. Such is the fruit of envy and uncharitableness. Prophesied - That is, he used uncouth gestures, and signs, as the prophets often did.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:11

sa1 18:11

And Saul cast the javelin - Being now quite under the power of that evil spirit. Twice - Once now, and another time upon a like occasion, Sa1 19:10.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:12

sa1 18:12

Afraid - Lest as he had gained the favour of God and of all the people, he should also take away his kingdom.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:13

sa1 18:13

Removed him from him - From his presence and court; which he did, because he feared lest David should find an opportunity to kill him, as he had designed to kill David; because his presence now made him more sad than ever his musick made him chearful: and principally, that hereby he might expose him to the greatest hazards.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:18

sa1 18:18

What is my life - How little is my life worth, that by the exposing of that to some hazard, I should purchase a king's daughter! In these expressions David sheweth not only his humility, but also his wisdom, in discovering so deep a sense of his own meanness, that Saul might see how far he was from aspiring at the kingdom.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:19

sa1 18:19

Adriel - The son of Bar - zillai, as he is called, Sa2 21:8. This was an act of great injustice; and accordingly this marriage was accursed by God, and the children begotten in it, were, by God's appointment cut off, Sa2 21:8-9.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:26

sa1 18:26

The days - That is, the time allowed by Saul to David for the execution of this exploit.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:27

sa1 18:27

Two hundred - He doubled the number required; to oblige Saul the more to the performance of his promise; and to shew his great respect and affection to Saul's daughter.

1 Kings (1 Samuel) 18:30

sa1 18:30

Went forth - To war against the Israelites, being provoked by their former losses, and especially by that act of David's.

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