What have I done now?

1 Samuel Bible Background

Old Testament: 1Sa 17.28–29

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 17–18 on April 15, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Jesse sent his son David to his three older brothers to see how they were doing in the war with the Philistines and to give his older brothers some supplies. When David arrived, he heard the challenges of Goliath and he asked the other soldiers what would be done for the man who killed Goliath. David’s oldest brother did not like what he heard:

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”

– 1 Samuel 17.28–29

Does it seem as though Eliab was always either criticizing David or bossing him around? Obviously, David got tired of it.

Perhaps there is a lesson for all the Eliab’s out there, watch out who you put down, God just might be working that person into someone great. 


  • What accusations did Eliab make against David?
  • Are you an Eliab?

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