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BY THE REV. PETER YOUNG, M.A.,
Daily Readings on the Life of Our Lord.”
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY,
MORNING LESSON.-2 Samuel i.
DAVID was at Ziklag, in the extreme south of Canaan, resting after his expedition against the Amalekites, when the tidings came of the defeat of the Israelites on Mount Gilboa and the death of Saul.
For some time previously he had been living in the country of the Philistines with Achish, King of Gath; and when the Philistines “gathered together their armies for warfare, to fight against Israel,” David prepared to accompany them; and it was only, humanly speaking, in consequence of the misgivings of the Philistine nobles, that he escaped from being actually engaged in the battle of Gilboa. He and his six hundred followers seem to have gone with the Philistine army as far as Gilboa, when the nobles demanded from Achish his dismissal, and he returned to Ziklag.
On his arrival he found the city burnt, and his wives taken captive by the Amalekites, together with all the wives and sons and daughters of his