1 Samuel 20:24
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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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Clarke'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

the king

Psalm 50:16-21 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth...

Proverbs 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

Proverbs 21:3,27 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice...

Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams...

Zechariah 7:6 And when you did eat, and when you did drink, did not you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?

John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall...

Library
Jonathan, 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

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 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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