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 1 Samuel 26:1 - 25
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   Book of 1 Samuel
   Chapter 26
26:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The Ziphites went to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Is not David hiding on the hill of Hakilah, which faces Jeshimon?"
 
26:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Saul went down to the Desert of Ziph, with his three thousand chosen men of Israel, to search there for David.
 
26:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul made his camp beside the road on the hill of Hakilah facing Jeshimon, but David stayed in the desert. When he saw that Saul had followed him there,
 
26:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
he sent out scouts and learned that Saul had definitely arrived. F84
 
26:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him.
 
26:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David then asked Ahimelech the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, "Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?" "I'll go with you," said Abishai.
 
26:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.
 
26:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Abishai said to David, "Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of my spear; I won't strike him twice."
 
26:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But David said to Abishai, "Don't destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD's anointed and be guiltless?
 
26:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As surely as the LORD lives," he said, "the LORD himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.
 
26:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD's anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let's go."
 
26:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So David took the spear and water jug near Saul's head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the LORD had put them into a deep sleep.
 
26:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away; there was a wide space between them.
 
26:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He called out to the army and to Abner son of Ner, "Aren't you going to answer me, Abner?" Abner replied, "Who are you who calls to the king?"
 
26:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David said, "You're a man, aren't you? And who is like you in Israel? Why didn't you guard your lord the king? Someone came to destroy your lord the king.
 
26:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
What you have done is not good. As surely as the LORD lives, you and your men deserve to die, because you did not guard your master, the LORD's anointed. Look around you. Where are the king's spear and water jug that were near his head?"
 
26:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul recognized David's voice and said, "Is that your voice, David my son?" David replied, "Yes it is, my lord the king."
 
26:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And he added, "Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of?
 
26:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now let my lord the king listen to his servant's words. If the LORD has incited you against me, then may he accept an offering. If, however, men have done it, may they be cursed before the LORD! They have now driven me from my share in the LORD's inheritance and have said, 'Go, serve other gods.'
 
26:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the LORD. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea - as one hunts a partridge in the mountains."
 
26:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Saul said, "I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have erred greatly."
 
26:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Here is the king's spear," David answered. "Let one of your young men come over and get it.
 
26:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD's anointed.
 
26:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As surely as I valued your life today, so may the LORD value my life and deliver me from all trouble."
 
26:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Saul said to David, "May you be blessed, my son David; you will do great things and surely triumph." So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F84 Or had come to Nacon

 
 

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