Vv 1-3: Rabbah of the Ammonites is taken. No mention of the
incident involving Bathsheba and Uriah (2Sa 11:16-25).
CONSIGNING THEM TO LABOR WITH SAWS...: KJV has "cut
them with saws", but (1) Heb word -- by a small change -- can sig "put". Sw 2Sa
12:31. Or (2) Heb "soor" used only once, perhaps from rt "yashar" = to rule. Or
(3) If indeed it does mean "cut", then ref Jdg 1:6,7 -- where thumbs and great
toes of Adonibezek were cut off, and he acknowledges the righteousness of it:
"Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps
under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them."
Vv 5-8: Brief accounts of the removal of the remaining giants
from the Philistines, all removed by these men who, though named, are not
mentioned to any extent, if at all, elsewhere. Evidently there was a purpose in
giving the details of David's fight with Goliath, but there were no additional
spiritual lessons to be gained from the details of these other events.
LIKE A WEAVER'S ROD: Not size but appearance and shape.
A spear with a leash or cord, increasing leverage, and thus enabling the soldier
to throw it a greater distance. Refd in 1Sa 17:7; 2Sa 21:19; 1Ch 20:5;