New International Version
So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat.
King James Bible
So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.
Darby Bible Translation
And David hid himself in the field; and it was the new moon, and the king sat at table to eat.
World English Bible
So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat food.
Young's Literal Translation
And David is hidden in the field, and it is the new moon, and the king sitteth down by the food to eat,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will shoot three arrows - Jonathan intended that David should stay at the stone Ezel, where probably there was some kind of cave, or hiding place; that, to prevent all suspicion, he would not go to him himself, but take his servant into the fields, and pretend to be exercising himself in archery; that he would shoot three arrows, the better to cover his design; and that, if he should say to his servant, who went to bring back the arrows, "The arrows are on this side of thee," this should be a sign to David that he might safely return to court, no evil being designed; but if he should say, "The arrows are beyond thee," then David should escape for his life, Saul having determined his destruction.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJonathan, the Pattern of Friendship
'And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life? 2. And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so. 3. And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
1 Samuel 20:5
So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.
1 Samuel 20:23
And about the matter you and I discussed--remember, the LORD is witness between you and me forever."
1 Samuel 20:25
He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.
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