1 Samuel
Chapter 29

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1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.

2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.

3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?

4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? should it not be with the heads of these men?

5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

6 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.

7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.

8 And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?

9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.

10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master's servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart.

11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

Commentary for 1 Samuel 29

David objected to by the Philistines. (1-5) He is dismissed by Achish. (6-11)1-5 David waited with a secret hope that the Lord would help him out of his difficulty. But he seems to have been influenced too much by the fear of man, in consenting to attend Achish. It is hard to come near to the brink of sin, and not to fall in. God inclined the princes of the Philistines to oppose David's being employed in the battle. Thus their dislike befriended him, when no friend could do him such a kindness.

6-11 David scarcely ever had a greater deliverance than when dismissed from such insnaring service. God's people should always behave themselves so, as, if possible, to get the good word of all they have dealings with: and it is due to those who have acted well, to speak well of them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Samuel 29

  • Anne on 1 Samuel 29
    God is our refuge and strength a very present help in time of trouble (Ps.46). Only God could have delivered David from this difficult situation.
  • Jane on 1 Samuel 29
    When God loves you he makes away out of no way.we have no excuse not to be loved by God only let our heart and ways not be like saul
  • KOFI AMO-ADDAI on 1 Samuel 29
    David was in a very difficult situation. He needed to please his host when he was called to join him in the battle against Israel. At the same time he knew it was wrong to fight his own people. But God solved his problem for him by using some of the princes of Philistine to oppose hid presence amongst them. God will make a way for us should any temptation bigger than us face us so we do not fall.
  • Faye on 1 Samuel 29
    It was time to walk in his calling, He had to be pushed out, Jesus said when he spoke in the Temple, He said God had anointed me, to preach the Gospel, and to set the captive free. David time had run it's course, He had to go and take his rightful place. When God calls us, We got to move.
  • Bitrus sambo on 1 Samuel 29
    thank GOD, the LORD had prevented HIS servant[David] from sinning by joining the philistines to fight against his brothers.the LORD will help us overcome temptation where we are weak & helpless hallelujah.


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Why did the Philistine princes disapprove of David's presence in Achish's army?
  • David's Hebrew heritage
  • David's unshaven face
  • David's poor manners
  • David's ruddy completion