DAVID WENT TO NOB: Note David's desire, even in flight,
to see the tabernacle of the Lord (cp Psa 84:1,2,10; 42:3,4).
NOB: On Mt Olivet, northeast of city.
AHIMELECH: Apparent contradiction: Called Abiathar in
Mar 2:26. But consider these two genealogies: (a) Ahitub (1Sa 14:3) is father of
Ahimelech (1Sa 14:3; 22:20), who is father of Abiathar (1Sa 22:20); and (b)
Ahitub (2Sa 8:17) is father of Abiathar (2Sa 8:17; 1Ch 18:16), who is father of
Ahimelech (2Sa 8:17; 1Ch 18:16; 24:6). Both father and son have both names (WS
TREMBLED WHEN HE MET HIM: He realized David was a
fugitive, and that it was dangerous to harbor him.
WHY ARE YOU ALONE? WHY IS NO ONE WITH YOU?: Not
completely true (cp v 4; Mat 12:3), but David's past reputation would seem to
warrant more men with him.
David lies; and this lie brings death to several hundred
people (v 7; 1Sa 22:9...).
The man anointed to be king, and master of great treasures,
has been reduced to a beggar!
Alternative renderings: "And David answered the priest, and
said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days,
since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in
a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel"
DOEG: "Fearful, timid". His name appears six times:
here; 1Sa 22:9,18,22; Psa 52 title. Perhaps Doeg is embittered by some enforced
detention at the hands of the priests -- some ceremonial defilement about which
he cares not at all. Later he eagerly kills these priests (1Sa 22:9).
DON'T YOU HAVE A SPEAR OR SWORD HERE?: David fears Doeg
-- as he later states (1Sa 22:22).
THE KING'S BUSINESS: Cp Christ in Luk 2:49.
Evidently the head of Goliath and his personal effects had all
been taken to Jerusalem, ie to Nob, next to Jerusalem (1Sa 17:54).
THERE IS NONE LIKE IT; GIVE IT TO ME: David, who had
once spurned the best of Hebrew weapons and armor, when offered by King Saul
(1Sa 17:39) now trusts in the equipment of a Philistine. How much had this
"incomparable" sword done for Goliath when he faced the young shepherd boy? Ct
The Philistines appear to have more faith than David: 'Isn't
this the man who slew Goliath? Isn't he the real king of the land?'
THEIR DANCES: Heb "mecholah" -- the dances of Psa 52
subscription, written at this time. How differently David "dances"
SO HE PRETENDED TO BE INSANE: Did this really fool
Achish? Or did he release David, hoping he would foment civil war with Saul?
When mingling with the world, in places where we should not
be, do we hope not to be recognized for what we are -- ie Christians? Such
deception invariably fails: as for Abraham in Egypt, Peter at denial of
AM I SHORT OF MADMEN?: Jewish tradition alleges that
the wife and daughter of Achish were mad (Tes 43:305).