1; The companies that came to David at Ziklag.
23; The armies that came to him at Hebron.
* these are.
1Sa 27:2,6 2Sa 1:1 4:10
* while he yet, etc. Heb. being yet shut up.
Sometimes, in the East, when a successful prince endeavoured
to extirpate the preceding royal family, some of them escaped
the slaughter, and secured themselves in an impregnable
fortress, or in a place of great secrecy; while others have
been known to seek an asylum in a foreign county, from when
they have occasioned, from time to time, great anxiety and
great difficulties to the usurper of the crown. The
expression shut up, so often applied to the extermination of
eastern royal families. (De 32:32. 1; Ki 14:10; 21:21. 2; Ki
9:8; 14:26,) strictly speaking, refers to the two first of
these cases; but the term may be used in a more extensive
sense, for those who, by retiring into deserts, or foreign
countries, preserve themselves from being slain by the men who
usurp the dominions of their ancestors. Thus the term is here
applied to David, though he did not shut himself up, strictly
speaking, in Ziklag. It is described as a town in the
country, and was probably an unwalled town; and it is certain
that he did not confine himself to it, but, on the contrary,
was continually making excursions from thence.
* the mighty.