1 Samuel 16:19
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English Standard Version
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, 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.

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

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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, Send to me David thy son, who is with the sheep.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When David arrived, - and he was ruddy, also of beautiful eyes and good looks (אדמוני, used to denote the reddish colour of the hair, which was regarded as a mark of beauty in southern lands, where the hair is generally black. עם is an adverb here equals therewith), and therefore, so far as his looks and figure were concerned, well fitted, notwithstanding his youth, for the office to which the Lord had chosen him, since corporeal beauty was one of the outward distinctions of a king, - the Lord pointed him out to the prophet as the chosen one; whereupon he anointed him in the midst of his brethren. Along with the anointing the Spirit of Jehovah came upon David from that day forward. But Samuel returned to Ramah when the sacrificial meal was over. There is nothing recorded concerning any words of Samuel to David at the time of the anointing and in explanation of its meaning, as in the case of Saul (1 Samuel 10:1). In all probability Samuel said nothing at the time, since, according to 1 Samuel 16:2, he had good reason for keeping the matter secret, not only on his own account, but still more for David's sake; so that even the brethren of David who were present knew nothing about the meaning and object of the anointing, but may have imagined that Samuel merely intended to consecrate David as a pupil of the prophets. At the same time, we can hardly suppose that Samuel left Jesse, and even David, in uncertainty as to the object of his mission, and of the anointing which he had performed. He may have communicated all this to both of them, without letting the other sons know. It by no means follows, that because David remained with his father and kept the sheep as before, therefore his calling to be king must have been unknown to him; but only that in the anointing which he had received he did not discern either the necessity or obligation to appear openly as the anointed of the Lord, and that after receiving the Spirit of the Lord in consequence of the anointing, he left the further development of the matter to the Lord in childlike submission, assured that He would prepare and show him the way to the throne in His own good time.

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with the sheep

1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said to Jesse, Are here all your children? And he said, There remains yet the youngest, and, behold, he keeps the sheep...

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...

1 Kings 19:19 So he departed there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth...

Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds...

Psalm 113:8 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah...

Amos 7:14,15 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdsman...

Matthew 4:18-22 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea...

Cross References
1 Samuel 16:18
One of the young men answered, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the LORD is with him."

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

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

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