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The Art of the Insult According to Scripture

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7th March 2015
“Do I have such a shortage of crazy people that you brought this one?”
- Achish
1 Samuel 21:15 (HCSB)

To set the scene, the not-quite-yet-king-of-Israel Dave is fleeing the now-king Saul when he comes to the land of Gath. Brought before Gath’s King Achish, and trying to avoid a confrontation, Dave chucks a Hamlet and pretends to be insane, “making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.”

Not only did Dave’s plan work—he escaped—but King Achish comes out with this delightful double-pronger, insulting both Davey and all the king’s men.


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