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1 Sam 18:13–16

18:13–16 Saul’s removal of David from the court, with an accompanying demotion in military rank, may be intended to decrease David’s visibility and popularity, as well as to increase the risk of his dying in battle. The effect of Saul’s scheming, however, is actually the reverse. David is brought into closer contact with the people, so that “all Israel and Judah loved David” (v. 16).