1 Samuel 18:7
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New International Version
As they danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."

King James Bible
And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

Darby Bible Translation
And the women answered [one another] as they played, and said, Saul hath smitten his thousands, And David his ten thousands.

World English Bible
The women sang one to another as they played, and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, David his ten thousands."

Young's Literal Translation
and the women answer -- those playing, and say, 'Saul hath smitten among his thousands, And David among his myriads.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Saul hath slain his thousands - As it cannot literally be true that Saul had slain thousands, and David ten thousands; it would be well to translate the passage thus: Saul hath smitten or fought against thousands; David against tens of thousands. "Though Saul has been victorious in all his battles; yet he has not had such great odds against him as David has had; Saul, indeed, has been opposed by thousands; David, by ten thousands." We may here remark that the Philistines had drawn out their whole forces at this time: and when Goliath was slain, they were totally discomfited by the Israelites, led on chiefly by David.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

answered

Exodus 15:21 And Miriam answered them, Sing you to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider has he thrown into the sea.

Psalm 24:7,8 Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be you lift up, you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in...

Saul

1 Samuel 21:11 And the servants of Achish said to him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances...

1 Samuel 29:5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

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A Soul's Tragedy
'And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war; and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants. 6. And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. 7. And the women answered one another as they played,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Exile.
David's first years at the court of Saul in Gibeah do not appear to have produced any psalms which still survive. "The sweetest songs are those Which tell of saddest thought." It was natural, then, that a period full of novelty and of prosperous activity, very unlike the quiet days at Bethlehem, should rather accumulate materials for future use than be fruitful in actual production. The old life shut to behind him for ever, like some enchanted door in a hill-side, and an unexplored land lay beckoning
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Cross References
Exodus 15:21
Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea."

1 Samuel 21:11
But the servants of Achish said to him, "Isn't this David, the king of the land? Isn't he the one they sing about in their dances: "'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands'?"

1 Samuel 29:5
Isn't this the David they sang about in their dances: "'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands'?"

2 Samuel 6:5
David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.

2 Samuel 18:3
But the men said, "You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won't care about us. Even if half of us die, they won't care; but you are worth ten thousand of us. It would be better now for you to give us support from the city."

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