2:7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me {e} king over them.

(e) So that you shall not want a captain and a defender.

2:7 Be valiant - Be not afraid lest the Philistines should punish you for this fact, but take good courage, I will defend you. For, and c. - Or, though your master Saul be dead, and so your hearts may faint, as if you were now sheep without a shepherd.

2:1-7. After the death of Saul, many went to David at Ziklag,