Thursday, January 26, 2012

1 Samuel 19-21

1 Samuel
19.24  he also stripped off his clothes and prophecied...   Two things: First, if it hasn't happened it is only a matter of time until some evangelist begins a naked prophecy movement.  Two, I really don't understand the whole stripping off his clothes thing.  The Keil and Deltzsch commentary notes that " עָרֹום, γυμνός, does not always signify complete nudity, but is also applied to a person with his upper garment off (cf. Isa_20:2; Mic_1:8; Joh_21:7). From the repeated expression “he also,” in 1Sa_19:23, 1Sa_19:24, it is not only evident that Saul came into an ecstatic condition of prophesying as well as his servants, but that the prophets themselves, and not merely the servants, took off their clothes like Saul when they prophesied. It is only in the case of עָרֹם וַיִּפֹּל that the expression “he also” is not repeated; from which we must infer, that Saul alone lay there the whole day and night with his clothes off, and in an ecstatic state of external unconsciousness; whereas the ecstasy of his servants and the prophets lasted only a short time, and the clear self-consciousness returned earlier than with Saul. "
20.30  to the shame of  your mother's nakedness...   This was an interesting concept that I don't completely understand yet.  It seemed to be a pretty strong insult.
21.2  This seems to be a boldfaced lie, and I would think that Ahimelech must have smelled a rat somewhere among all these statements.  It is also interesting that Doeg (vs.7) didn't speak up.
21.4  if the young men have at least kept themselves from women...  One, what else could they have done or not done to have become more worthy.  Two, why did this matter?
21.10  What was David thinking here?                o

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