The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Samuel 25:22
So and more also do God unto the enemies of David…
them as much health and prosperity, as much wealth and riches, as Nabal
has, and much more:
if I leave of all that [pertain] to him, by the morning light, any
that pisseth against the wall;
which is generally understood of a dog,
that he, would not leave him so much as a dog: but it is better, with
Ben Gersom, to interpret it of the males in his house, himself, his
sons, and servants; and so the Targum paraphrases it of reasonable
creatures, of such
``that know knowledge,''
or are knowing and understanding creatures; it seems to have been
towards the evening; of the day when David was marching towards Nabal's
house, designing to fall upon him and his, amidst their jollity that
night, and cut them all off before morning. This must be imputed to the
sudden and violent passion David was thrown into when off his guard,
through the necessity he was in, the disappointment he met with, and
the opprobrious language he was treated with; but in this his conduct
was not as it used to be, and as it was towards Saul his enemy. Nor is
his rage and passion to be vindicated, or the rash vow he made to
destroy Nabal and his family; his crime, though great, yet not to be
published with death; his ingratitude and insolence deserved
resentment, but were not capital crimes worthy of death, and especially
of the destruction of his whole family; the Jews indeed make him to be
guilty of treason, in that he knew that David was anointed king, and
yet both abused him, and disobeyed his commands, and therefore being
guilty of overt acts of treason, he and his were deserving of death;
but David was not yet king.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 25:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=1sa&chapter=025&verse=022>. 1999.