S E C O N D S A M U E L
In the close of the foregoing book (with which
this is connected as a continuation of the same history) we had
Saul's exit; he went down slain to the pit, though he was the
terror of the mighty in the land of the living. We are now to look
towards the rising sun, and to enquire where David is, and what he
is doing. In this chapter we have, I. Tidings brought him to Ziklag
of the death of Saul and Jonathan, by an Amalekite, who undertook
to give him a particular narrative of it, ver. 1-10. II. David's sorrowful reception
of these tidings, ver. 11,
12. III. Justice done upon the messenger, who boasted
that he had helped Saul to dispatch himself, ver. 13-16. IV. An elegy which David
penned upon this occasion, ver.
17-27. And in all this David's breast appears very
happily free from the sparks both of revenge and ambition, and he
observes a very suitable demeanour.