A Man of God’s Own Heart

The tradition:

the LORD has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD 1 Samuel 13:14

Joseph Benson in 1854 interpreted this in the way most commentators do, “that is, such a man as will fulfil all the desires of his heart, and not oppose, them as thou dost.”

It was thought that “after God’s heart” meant some man inclined toward God’s heart which isn’t necessarily incorrect but the Hebrew says more literally “man like his heart”.

Yahweh has sought to-himself a man like his heart, and Yahweh is charging him to a leader over his people. 1 Samuel 13:14 literal