Bible Review 14:1, February 1998

Clothes Maketh The Man

Keys to meaning in the stories of Saul and David

By Ora Horn Prouser

Shivering, an aged King David lay on his deathbed, suffering from cold. But “although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm” (1 Kings 1:1).

One telling detail in the biblical account of David’s death accentuates the irreversible decline of the king, whose empire has dissolved around him, whose family has betrayed him: the failure of clothing to alleviate the king’s discomfort.

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