1 Samuel 16:21

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Dauid came to Saul, and stood before him: and hee loued him greatly, and hee became his armour bearer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then David came to Saul and attended him; and Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armorbearer.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And David came to Saul, waiting before him: and he became very dear to Saul, who made him his servant, giving him the care of his arms.
- Basic English Bible

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

And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armor-bearer.
- Webster's Bible

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

And David cometh in unto Saul, and standeth before him, and he loveth him greatly; and he is a bearer of his weapons.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 16:21


16:21 Stood before him - That is, waited upon him. And he loved him greatly - So there was something good in Saul still: he had not lost all, tho' he had lost the kingdom. Armour - bearer - He had that place conferred upon him, though we do not read that he ever exercised it; for it seems he was gone back to his father upon some occasion not related; and had abode with him some considerable time before the war described, chap.#17:1 |- 53, happened.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 16

  • A disciple
    Nicely put, Anne! Whatever each of us has to bring to the Lord, He has put into our hearts the wisdom to use for His glory and His service. "And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work..And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted.." That which is good to the use of edifying!
  • Anne
    Prov. 18:16 - says a man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. David's gift of music brought him into the presence of the king, the position for which he was anointed to assume. King Saul did not obey God and God allowed him to be troubled by an evil spirit thereby his need for music to soothe his troubled spirit. Let us be prepared and ready to be used of God.
  • BSP
    Jehovah God looks beyond outer appearances and he sees into the heart of man as verse 7 shows.
  • April
    I think Samuel mourning was grieving not really praying,in vs1 Father asked how long will you grieve,I think Samuel is of old age and thought his people would have a king to follow that worshiped our father,and well that didn't turn out,instead of obeying,Saul did what the people wanted NOT father.On the music aspect,u are refering to SECUALR music anything not of religious uplifting and positive.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    David has been a man after God's Heart even from youth. He cherished playing instruments and singing unto the Lord. His numerous Psalms exemplify this. This shows how pleased God is if we sing His praises and adore Him through playing of musical instruments.
  • Sheba holman
    When Samuel was mourning for Saul would you call it grieving or praying

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