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(brass, the same material as Goliath’s armor)

(1 Sam 17:38,39)  And Saul armed David with his armour [height, stature: clothes, garment, raiment /// to stretch self (Saul’s covering)], and he put an helmet of brass [filthiness (false doctrine = sin: Saul’s thoughts)] upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail [filthiness (false doctrine = sin: Saul’s heart)]. And David girded his sword upon his armour [i.e. David initially accepted Saul’s armor (doctrine) as his own], and he assayed [began reluctantly] to go; for he had not proved [tested] it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved [tried] them. And David put them off him [i.e. loosed the bindings that Saul had  placed upon him].

1.       (1 Sam 15:10,11)  Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

2.       (1 Sam 16:13,14)  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him [David] in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him [to fear: affright, be (make) afraid, terrify, trouble].

3.       (2 Tim 1:7)  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind [discipline, i.e. self-control /// (fig.) to discipline or correct: teach to be sober].

4.       (1 Sam 17:10,11)  And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed [to prostrate; hence to break down, either (lit.) by violence, or (fig.) by confusion and fear: afraid, amaze, beat down, discouraged, scared, terrified], and greatly afraid.

5.       (1 Sam 17:23,24)  And as he [David] talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath [wine-press], Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

6.       (Acts 13:21-23)  And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he [God] gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

7.       brass = Heb: copper; hence, something made of that metal, i.e. coin, a fetter; fig. base (as compared with gold or silver): brasen [brazen], brass, chain, copper, fetter (of brass), filthiness, steel /// (perh. in the sense of ringing, i.e. bell-metal; or from the red color of the throat of a serpent when hissing); coppery, i.e. (fig.) hard: of brass /// 5172. nachash, naw-khash'; to hiss, i.e. whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate: divine, enchanter, learn by experience, diligently observe.

8.       (Gen 3:1)  Now the serpent [5175. nachash, naw-khawsh'; from H5172; a snake (from its hiss): serpent] was more subtle [cunning (usually in a bad sense): crafty] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

9.       (1 John 4:1)  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets [pretended foreteller or religious impostor] are gone out into the world.

10.   (Judg 7:2-4)  And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead [heap of testimony, mound of stones, rocky region]. And there returned [“turned back from following me” 1 Sam 15:11] of the people twenty and two thousand [unsaved]; and there remained ten thousand [saved]. And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water [of separation], and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee [across the water]; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go [across the water].

11.   (Acts 17:10-12)  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so [they “proved them”]. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

12.   readiness = Gk: predisposition, i.e. alacrity: forwardness of mind, readiness (of mind), ready (willing) mind /// forward in spirit, i.e. predisposed; alacrity: ready, willing /// passion (as if breathing hard).

13.   alacrity, a-lac-ri-ty; = Dict: 1. liveliness; briskness; sprightliness. 2. cheerful readiness or willingness.


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