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1 Samuel 23:29 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

29. at En-gedi ] En-gedi (= fountain of the kid), now Ain-Jidy, is situated about half way along the western shore of the Dead Sea. The precipitous cliffs recede from the water’s edge, and enclose a sloping plain watered by the stream which gushes copiously from the limestone rock. Here in the days of Abraham stood the Amorite city of Hazazon-tamar (= pruning of the palm). See Gen 14:7; 2Ch 20:2. It is still an oasis in the limestone desert, and though palm-trees and vineyards (Son 1:14) have vanished, the petrified leaves of the one and the terraces cut on the hills for the other attest its ancient fertility. On all sides the country is full of caverns which might serve as lurking places for David and his men, as they do for outlaws at the present day. See Robinson, Bibl. Res. 1. 508 ff.; Tristram, Land of Israel, p. 277 ff.; Stanley, Sin. and Pal. p. 295 ff., for descriptions of this remarkable spot.

29 24:8. David spares Saul’s life in the cave at En-gedi

This narrative and that in ch. 26 are regarded by some commentators as different accounts of the same event. See Note VII. p. 243, and the notes on ch. 26.

Psalms 57, 142 are referred by their titles to the time when David fled from Saul in the cave; but whether this occasion or his sojourn in the cave of Adullam is meant, must remain uncertain.

Consult other comments:

1 Samuel 23:29 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

1 Samuel 23:29 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

1 Samuel 23:29 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

1 Samuel 23:29 - Geneva Bible Notes

1 Samuel 23:29 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

1 Samuel 23:29 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

1 Samuel 23:29 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

1 Samuel 23:29 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

1 Samuel 23:29 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

1 Samuel 23:29 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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