The actual origin of this verse is pretty cool and really sheds some light on the meaning of setting a table in the presence of enemies. The meaning has to do with the way shepherds made a pasture safe for sheep to graze in before the sheep arrived in the pasture. Shepherds were known to carry a variety of tools with them while they were shepherding. They had their staff for guidance of the sheep, their rod for protection of the sheep, their sling for hunting and self-defense, and oil which was used for a multitude of things. The oil was usually carried in a hollowed out horn or a bladder of some sort and was used for several reasons while shepherding, but with regard to preparing a pasture for the sheep to graze in, it was used for safety
In the presence of enemiesBy Juan Reyes
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