I Samuel 26:19
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19  Now let my lord the king hear his servant out. If Hashem has incited you against me, let Him be appeased by an offering; but if it is men, may they be accursed of Hashem! For they have driven me out today, so that I cannot have a share in Hashem‘s possession, but am told, ‘Go and worship other gods.’

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יט  וְעַתָּה יִשְׁמַע־נָא אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ אֵת דִּבְרֵי עַבְדּוֹ אִם־יְהֹוָה הֱסִיתְךָ בִי יָרַח מִנְחָה וְאִם בְּנֵי הָאָדָם אֲרוּרִים הֵם לִפְנֵי יְהֹוָה כִּי־גֵרְשׁוּנִי הַיּוֹם מֵהִסְתַּפֵּחַ בְּנַחֲלַת יְהֹוָה לֵאמֹר לֵךְ עֲבֹד אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים׃

 26:19   Go and worship other gods

As Rashi explains, David makes the surprising claim that God told him to go and worship other gods, because he was compelled to run away to the land of the Philistines, and in a certain sense, leaving the Land of Israel is tantamount to worshipping idols. This is reflected in the Talmudic statement (Ketubot 110a), “one who lives outside of Eretz Yisrael is like one who has no God.” The Rabbis make this dramatic statement because the People of Israel are commanded to live in Eretz Yisrael, and it is the only place in the world where one can fulfill all of the commandments. It is also the place that Hashem has chosen to reveal Himself through awe inspiring miracles, from biblical through modern times. Hence, leaving the Land of Israel greatly reduces a person’s relationship with God, and is somewhat similar to idolatry.

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  • Don Neal

    Verse 19: “Now let my lord the king hear his servant out. If HaShem has incited you against me, let Him be appeased by an offering; but if it is men, may they be accursed of HaShem! For they have driven me out today, so that I cannot have a share in HaShem‘s possession, but am told, ‘Go and worship other gods.’”

    Moderator’s Comment:
    As Rashi explains, David makes the surprising claim that God told him to go and worship other gods, because he was compelled to run away to the land of the Philistines, and in a certain sense, leaving the Land of Israel is tantamount to worshipping idols. This is reflected in the Talmudic statement (Ketubot 110a), “one who lives outside of Eretz Yisrael is like one who has no God.” The Rabbis make this dramatic statement because the People of Israel are commanded to live in Eretz Yisrael, and it is the only place in the world where one can fulfill all of the commandments. It is also the place that HaShem has chosen to reveal Himself through awe inspiring miracles, from biblical through modern times. Hence, leaving the Land of Israel greatly reduces a person’s relationship with God, and is somewhat similar to idolatry.

    My Comment:
    This is a total perversion of Scripture! There is absolutely no way under heaven that HaShem would encourage idolatry! None! The very first commandment States: “You shall have no other gods besides Me” (Exodus 20:3). He didn’t make an exception then, just as He won’t in modern times—in or out of Eretz Yisrael! It just isn’t happening!

    The context shows that David says, “they” sent him away, and that he was told by that action (by them, not by HaShem!) to go and worship other gods. God does not change. He would not, on the one hand, tell us to be holy, but that we should devolve into idolatry, and it’s okay. Never! Never! Never! A closer examination of the original writing will reveal this.

    This appears to be an argument meant to justify a foreordained conclusion concerning Eretz Yisrael. Circuitous, even—and without a doubt, erroneous.

    I’ve said it before, probably: Scripture interprets Scripture. The sages may occasionally add some “meat to the bone”, but they should never be allowed to supply bone as well. If it’s not in Scripture, it should never, ever be added. We live by the words of HaShem, not by what someone says about HaShem’s words. I made it a practice thirty-nine years ago to live by what the Bible says, not by what someone says the Bible says. Therefore, I very seldom read books about the Bible.

  • Seeker

    Verse 19: “Now let my lord the king hear his servant out. If HaShem has incited you against me, let Him be appeased by an offering; but if it is men, may they be accursed of HaShem! For they have driven me out today, so that I cannot have a share in HaShem‘s possession, but am told, ‘Go and worship other gods.’”

    Moderator’s Comment:
    As Rashi explains, David makes the surprising claim that God told him to go and worship other gods, because he was compelled to run away to the land of the Philistines, and in a certain sense, leaving the Land of Israel is tantamount to worshipping idols…

    My Comment:
    This is a total perversion of Scripture! There is absolutely no way under heaven that HaShem would encourage idolatry! None! The very first commandment States: “You shall have no other gods besides Me” (Exodus 20:3). He didn’t make an exception then, just as He won’t in modern times—in or out of Eretz Yisrael! It just isn’t happening!

    The context clearly shows that David says, “they” sent him away, and that he was told by that action (by them, not by HaShem!) to go and worship other gods. God does not change. He would not, on the one hand, tell us to be holy, but that we should devolve into idolatry, and it’s okay. Never! Never! Never! A closer examination of the original writing will reveal this.

    This appears to be an argument meant to justify a foreordained conclusion concerning Eretz Yisrael. Circuitous, even—and without a doubt, erroneous.

    I’ve said it before, probably: “Scripture interprets Scripture”. The sages may occasionally add some “meat to the bone”, but they should never be allowed to supply bone as well. If it’s not in Scripture, it should never, ever be added. We live by the words of HaShem, not by what someone says about HaShem’s words. I made it a practice thirty-nine years ago to live by what the Bible says, not by what someone says the Bible says. Therefore, I very seldom read books about the Bible.

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