What does 1 Samuel 21:11 mean?
ESV: And the servants of Achish said to him, "Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?"
NIV: But the servants of Achish said to him, "Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: " ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?"
NASB: But the servants of Achish said to him, 'Is this not David, the king of the land? Did they not sing of this one as they danced, saying, ‘Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands’?'
CSB: But Achish’s servants said to him, "Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Don’t they sing about him during their dances: Saul has killed his thousands, but David his tens of thousands?"
NLT: But the officers of Achish were unhappy about his being there. 'Isn’t this David, the king of the land?' they asked. 'Isn’t he the one the people honor with dances, singing, ‘Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?'
KJV: And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
NKJV: And the servants of Achish said to him, “ Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of him to one another in dances, saying: ‘Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands’?”
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First Samuel introduces the key figures who led Israel after the era of the judges. The books of 1 and 2 Samuel were originally part of a single text, split in certain translations shortly before the birth of Christ. Some of the Bible’s most famous characters are depicted in this book. These including the prophet Samuel, Israel’s first king, Saul, her greatest king, David, and other famous names such as Goliath and Jonathan. By the end of this book, Saul has fallen; the book of 2 Samuel begins with David’s ascension to the throne.
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