Who is David's familiar friend who lifted up his heel against David while he was sick?


Psalms 41:9

NKJV - 9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.

Clarify Share Report Asked December 17 2016 Open uri20141110 31690 813kqq Jim Stanch

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I interpret this passage as having dual meaning, referring in David's case to Ahithophel, who took Absalom's side in his rebellion against David (starting at 2 Samuel 15:12, through 2 Samuel 17:23), but also being prophetic (as cited by Jesus) of Judas' betrayal of Jesus.

(Psalm 22 and Psalm 16:10 are other similar examples of passages that were both descriptions by David of his situation, and prophetic references to Christ -- specifically, His crucifixion and resurrection, respectively.)

(I don't read the reference to sickness in Psalm 41 as necessarily occurring in conjunction with David's friend having lifted up his heel against him, but just as another example (along with verse 6, verse 7, and verse 8) of the way in which David's enemies in general were always plotting against him, or looking for an indication of his weakness or vulnerability, from which David was depending on God to deliver him.)

December 18 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining