1 Sam 28:2

28:2 what your servant can do. The irony of David’s ambiguous answer (will David fight for or against him?) has a counterpoint in the perhaps unconscious irony of Achish’s reply.

my bodyguard for life. Presumably Achish’s offer is contingent on David’s performance in battle. The Hebrew term used by Achish for “bodyguard” means literally “keeper of my head,” an unfortunate choice of words in view of David’s treatment of Goliath (17:49–54).