1 Samuel 26

1 And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, aDoth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon? 2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness. 4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and bAbner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him. 6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai dthe son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will cgo down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.

7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless? 10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, gthe LORD shall smite him; or fhis day shall come to die; or he shall edescend into battle, and perish. 11 hThe LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD'S anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. 12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because ia deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them.

13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them: 14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king? 15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thy lord. 16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the LORD liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the LORD'S anointed. And now see where the king's spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster.

17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, jIs this thy voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king. 18 And he said, kWherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? lor what evil is in mine hand? 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have ostirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the LORD; nfor they have driven me out this day from abiding in the minheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods. 20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek pa flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

21 Then said Saul, rI have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was qprecious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly. 22 And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it. 23 sThe LORD render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the LORD delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the LORD'S anointed. 24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation. 25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still tprevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.

Cross Ref
1a1 Sam 23:19
Psa 54:1
5b1 Sam 14:50
1 Sam 17:55
2 Sam 2:8
6cJdg 7:10
d1 Chr 2:16
10e1 Sam 31:6
fPsa 37:13
Job 7:1
Deu 31:14
Gen 47:29
gRev 18:8
Heb 10:30
Rom 12:19
Luk 18:7
Pro 20:22
Psa 94:23
Psa 94:1-2
1 Sam 24:15
11h1 Pet 3:9
Rom 12:17,19
Pro 24:29
1 Sam 24:12
1 Sam 24:6
Lev 19:18
12iIsa 29:10
Est 6:1
Gen 2:21
17j1 Sam 24:16
18k1 Sam 24:9,11
lPsa 7:3
19mDeu 4:20
Deu 9:26
2 Sam 14:16
Psa 106:4-5
Isa 19:25
Exo 15:17
nPsa 120:5
Deu 4:28
o2 Sam 16:11
1 Sam 18:10
1 Sam 16:23
1 Sam 16:14
20p1 Sam 24:14
21q1 Sam 18:30
rMat 27:4
1 Sam 15:24
Num 22:34
Exo 9:27
23sPsa 7:8
Psa 18:20
Psa 28:4
Ecc 8:12
Isa 3:10-11
25tGen 32:28
Isa 54:17