1 Samuel 21:15
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King James Version
Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

Darby Bible Translation
have I lack of madmen, that ye have brought this one to rave in my presence? shall this man come into my house?

World English Bible
Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?"

Young's Literal Translation
A lack of madmen have I, that ye have brought in this one to act as a madman by me! doth this one come in unto my house?'

1 Samuel 21:15 Parallel
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Geneva Study Bible

Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? {k} shall this fellow come into my house?

(k) Is he fit to be in a king's house.1 Samuel 21:15 Parallel Commentaries

Library
Of Preparation.
That a Christian ought necessarily to prepare himself before he presume to be a partaker of the holy communion, may evidently appear by five reasons:-- First, Because it is God's commandment; for if he commanded, under the pain of death, that none uncircumcised should eat the paschal lamb (Exod. xii. 48), nor any circumcised under four days preparation, how much greater preparation does he require of him that comes to receive the sacrament of his body and blood? which, as it succeeds, so doth it
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Touching Jacob, However, that which He did at his Mother's Bidding...
24. Touching Jacob, however, that which he did at his mother's bidding, so as to seem to deceive his father, if with diligence and in faith it be attended to, is no lie, but a mystery. The which if we shall call lies, all parables also, and figures designed for the signifying of any things soever, which are not to be taken according to their proper meaning, but in them is one thing to be understood from another, shall be said to be lies: which be far from us altogether. For he who thinks this, may
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Samuel
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book[1] of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Samuel 21:14
Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?

1 Samuel 22:1
David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.

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