1 Samuel 16:19
New International Version
Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”

New Living Translation
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, “Send me your son David, the shepherd.”

English Standard Version
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.”

Berean Study Bible
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”

King James Bible
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

New King James Version
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”

New American Standard Bible
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, “Send me your son David, who is with the flock.”

NASB 1995
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David who is with the flock.”

NASB 1977
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David who is with the flock.”

Amplified Bible
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the flock.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then Saul dispatched messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Saul dispatched messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”

American Standard Version
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, who is with the sheep.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And King Shaul sent to Iyshay and said to him: “Send me David your son. He is useful to me”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Saul sent messengers to Jessae, saying, Send to me thy son David who is with thy flock.

Contemporary English Version
Saul sent a message to Jesse: "Tell your son David to leave your sheep and come here to me."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Saul sent messengers to Isai, saying: Send me David thy son, who is in the pastures.

English Revised Version
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

Good News Translation
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, "Send me your son David, the one who takes care of the sheep."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."

International Standard Version
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said: 'Send me David thy son, who is with the sheep.'

Literal Standard Version
And Saul sends messengers to Jesse and says, “Send to me your son David, who [is] with the flock.”

NET Bible
So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is out with the sheep.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me David your son, who is with the sheep."

World English Bible
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me David your son, who is with the sheep."

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul sendeth messengers unto Jesse, and saith, 'Send unto me David thy son, who is with the flock.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Serves Saul
18One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a mighty man of valor, a warrior, eloquent and handsome, and the LORD is with him.” 19So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and one young goat, and sent them to Saul with his son David.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 16:18
One of the servants answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a mighty man of valor, a warrior, eloquent and handsome, and the LORD is with him."

1 Samuel 16:20
And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and one young goat, and sent them to Saul with his son David.

1 Samuel 17:15
but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep in Bethlehem.


Treasury of Scripture

Why Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, Send me David your son, which is with the sheep.

with the sheep

1 Samuel 16:11
And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

1 Samuel 17:15,33,34
But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem…

Exodus 3:1-10
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb…









Verses 19, 20. - Saul sent messengers to fetch David, the description of him as a brave soldier being even more to the king's liking (see 1 Samuel 14:52) than his skill in music. As a great man might not be approached without a present (1 Samuel 9:7; 1 Samuel 10:4), Jesse sends one consisting of produce from his farm. It consisted of an ass of bread - a strange expression; but there is little doubt that a word has been omitted, and that we should read, with the Syriac, "And Jesse took an ass, and laded it with bread, and a skin of wine, and a kid." It was not an ass laden with bread, as in the A.V., but all three things were placed upon the animal.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So Saul
שָׁא֛וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

sent
וַיִּשְׁלַ֥ח (way·yiš·laḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

messengers
מַלְאָכִ֖ים (mal·’ā·ḵîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Jesse
יִשָׁ֑י (yi·šāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3448: Jesse -- father of David

and said,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Send
שִׁלְחָ֥ה (šil·ḥāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

me your son
בִּנְךָ֖ (bin·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

David,
דָּוִ֥ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

who
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

is with the sheep.”
בַּצֹּֽאן׃ (baṣ·ṣōn)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock


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