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II Samuel 21 Continued

15. When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint.

Another war develops with the Philistines. You would think that they would have had enough of being defeated by David, as he had defeated them so thoroughly back in II Samuel 5 and 8 and took away part of their territory. Yet perhaps they still remembered their victory over Israel at the time of the death of Saul and hoped that they could again get a victory. They must have known little, of course, of the LORD’s anger against Saul or the reason He had not helped Israel. They wanted to believe that with the force of their arms and the help of their idolatrous gods, they might this time get the upper hand.

David goes down from Jerusalem with his servants in order to fight against the Philistines. David is now sixty years old, however, and cannot handle the strain of battle as he did earlier in life. He grows faint, which is a dangerous condition when your life depends on your actions! Read the rest of this entry »