29:2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by a hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.
(a) According to their bands, or ensigns.
29:3 Then said the princes of the Philistines,
What [do] these Hebrews [here]? And Achish said unto the princes of the
Philistines, [Is] not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which
hath been with me these days, b or these
years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell [unto me] unto this day?
(b) Meaning, a long time, that is, four months
and certain days, (1 Samuel
29:4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth
with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow
return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let
him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us:
for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? [should it] not [be]
with the c heads of these men?
(c) Would not Saul receive him to favour, if he
would betray us?
29:6 Then Achish
called David, and said unto him, Surely, [as] the LORD liveth, thou hast been
upright, and thy d going out and thy
coming in with me in the host [is] good in my sight: for I have not found evil
in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the
lords favour thee not.
(d) That is, was conversant with me.
29:8 And David said
unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so
long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may e
not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?
(e) This deception cannot be excused, for it
grieved him to go against the people of God.
29:10 Wherefore now
rise up early in the morning with thy f
master's servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in
the morning, and have light, depart.
(f) With them that fled to thee from Saul.