Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 1 Samuel
Book: 1 Samuel
Chapter: 27

David retires to Gath. (1-7) David deceives Achish. (8-12)

1-7 Unbelief is a Sin that easily besets even good men, when
without are fightings, and within are fears; and it is a hard
matter to get over them. Lord, increase our Faith! We may blush
to think that the Word of a Philistine should go further than
the Word of an Israelite, and that the City of Gath should be a
place of Refuge for a good Man, when the cities of Israel refuse
him a safe abode. David gained a comfortable settlement, not
only at a distance from Gath, but bordering upon Israel, where
he might keep up a correspondence with his own countrymen.

8-12 While David was in the land of the Philistines, he
attacked some remains of the devoted nations. The people whom he
cut off were long before doomed to Destruction. It is often
Wisdom to shun public notice, but we must in No situation be
idle. We must always try to do somewhat in the cause of God.
This expedition David hid from Achish. But an equivocation which
serves the purpose of a Lie, is as like to it as a Hypocrite is
to a profane person, it is only better in appearance, therefore
more dangerous. Yet, though believers often manifest
imperfections, they can never be prevailed upon to renounce the
service of God, and to unite interests with his enemies, or
finally to become the servants of Sin and Satan. But what a
train of evils follow from unbelief! When we forget the Lord's
past mercies, and his gracious assurances, we shall be
overwhelmed with desponding fears, and probably be led to adopt
some dishonourable method to get rid of our troubles. Nothing
can So effectually establish us in holy tempers and practices,
and preserve us from perplexities, as firm, unshaken dependence
upon the promises of God in Christ Jesus.