1 Samuel 16:4

“And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem: and the elders of the towne trembled at his comming, and said, Commest thou peaceably?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So Samuel did what the LORD said, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said, "Do you come in peace?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Samuel did that which Jehovah spake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, Comest thou peaceably?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Samuel did as the Lord said and came to Beth-lehem. And the responsible men of the town came out to him in fear and said, Do you come in peace?
- Basic English Bible

And Samuel did what Jehovah said, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him, and said, Dost thou come peaceably?
- Darby Bible

And Samuel did that which the LORD spoke, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?
- Webster's Bible

Samuel did that which Yahweh spoke, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come peaceably?"
- World English Bible

And Samuel doth that which Jehovah hath spoken, and cometh in to Beth-Lehem, and the elders of the city tremble to meet him, and [one] saith, `Is thy coming peace?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Samuel did that which the LORD spoke, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said: 'Comest thou peaceably?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 16:4


16:4 Trembled - Because it was strange and unexpected to them, this being but an obscure town, and remote from Samuel, and therefore they justly thought there was some extraordinary reason for it. Peaceable - The Hebrew phrase, comest thou in peace, is as much as to say (in our phrase) is all well?


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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