In what way David made this enquiry we are not told; but it
was probably by means of Abiathar; and therefore it would
seem, that with Houbigant, we should read the sixth verse
immediately after the first.--This adventure was truly noble
and patriotic. Had not David loved his country, and been
above all motives of private and personal revenge, he would
have rejoiced in this invasion of Judea, as producing a strong
diversion in his favour, and embroiling his inveterate enemy.
In most cases, a man with David's wrongs would have joined
with the enemies of his country, and avenged himself on the
author of his calamities; but he thinks of nothing but
succouring Keilah, and using his power and influence in behalf
of his brethren.
4,6,9-12 30:8 Nu 27:21 Jos 9:14 Jud 1:1 2Sa 5:19,23
1Ch 14:10 Ps 32:8 Pr 3:5,6 Jer 10:23