1 Samuel 17:55-19:24

  1. How were fear and jealousy like a cancer in Saul’s spirit?
    How did they show themselves?
    How do you explain God’s action in this matter?
    By what means were Saul’s attempts to destroy David foiled?
  2. How did Jonathan and Michal show their love for David?
    Do we ever risk any thing for our friends?
    See 1 John 3:16, 18.


  1. 18:5. ‘So successfully’: a pregnant Hebrew word is used meaning ‘deal wisely’ with the implied consequence of success. Cf. Is. 52:13a
  2. 18:10. Cf. 1Kgs. 22:22.
  3. 19:13. ‘An idol’: Hebrew ‘teraphim’, i.e., household gods; cf. Gen. 31:19.
    This deceived Saul’s messengers into thinking that David was ill in bed.
  4. 19:23, 24. Cf. Is 20:2; Mic. 1:8, Saul lay in a trance for a day and a night.
    The origin of the proverb about Saul is recorded in 10:12.
    His behavior here evidently caused men to recollect it