New American Standard Bible
Then David came to Saul and attended him; and Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer.
King James Bible
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
Darby Bible Translation
And David came to Saul, and stood before him; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer.
World English Bible
David came to Saul, and stood before him. He loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.
Young's Literal Translation
And David cometh in unto Saul, and standeth before him, and he loveth him greatly; and he is a bearer of his weapons.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The difficulty of reconciling this verse with 1 Samuel 17:55-58, is met thus: The words here are the ultimate sequence of David's first visit to Saul, and of his skill in music, and are therefore placed here; but they did not really come to pass until after David's victory over Goliath (see 1 Samuel 18:2). It is quite conceivable that if David had only played once or twice to Saul, and then returned to his father's house for some months, Saul might not recognize him.
LibraryOf the Joy of a Good Conscience
The testimony of a good conscience is the glory of a good man. Have a good conscience and thou shalt ever have joy. A good conscience is able to bear exceeding much, and is exceeding joyful in the midst of adversities; an evil conscience is ever fearful and unquiet. Thou shalt rest sweetly if thy heart condemn thee not. Never rejoice unless when thou hast done well. The wicked have never true joy, nor feel internal peace, for there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.(1) And if they say …
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ
The Sun Rising Upon a Dark World
Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
Then he called quickly to the young man, his armor bearer, and said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, so that it will not be said of me, 'A woman slew him.'" So the young man pierced him through, and he died.
1 Samuel 16:22
Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Let David now stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight."
1 Samuel 17:15
but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's flock at Bethlehem.
1 Samuel 17:55
Now when Saul saw David going out against the Philistine, he said to Abner the commander of the army, "Abner, whose son is this young man?" And Abner said, "By your life, O king, I do not know."
1 Samuel 19:7
Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these words. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as formerly.
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
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