Why prepare a meal "in the presence of … enemies"? (23:5)

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows. (NIV)

Psalms 23:5

ESV - 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Clarify Share Report Asked March 14 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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 would say that what David was expressing in this verse was both the utter safety of the protection that God was providing to him, and also the bold manner in which God was providing that protection -- to such a degree that it was being manifested and made obvious to David's enemies just as clearly as if God had prepared a feast for David in the immediate view of those who were seeking David's harm, with those foes being completely powerless to do anything to disrupt it. This emphasizes God's complete power and control over the entire situation.

March 14 2020 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