1 Samuel 26
Saul, by the discovery of the Ziphites, cometh to Hachilah against David.
1 Samuel 26:1 And the Ziphites came vnto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doeth not Dauid hide himselfe in the hill of Hachilah, [which is] before Ieshimon? 1 Samuel 26:2 Then Saul arose, and went downe to the wildernesse of Ziph, hauing three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seeke Dauid in the wildernesse of Ziph. 1 Samuel 26:3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which [is] before Ieshimon by the way: but Dauid abode in the wildernesse, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wildernesse. 1 Samuel 26:4 Dauid therefore sent out spies, and vnderstood that Saul was come in very deed.
David, coming into the trench, stayeth Abishai from killing Saul, but taketh his spear and cruse.
1 Samuel 26:5 And Dauid arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and Dauid beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the sonne of Ner the captaine of his hoste: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him. 1 Samuel 26:6 Then answered Dauid, and sayd to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the sonne of Zeruiah brother to Ioab, saying, Who will goe downe with me to Saul to the campe? And Abishai sayd, I will goe downe with thee. 1 Samuel 26:7 So Dauid and Abishai came to the people by night, and behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his speare stucke in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him. 1 Samuel 26:8 Then said Abishai to Dauid, God hath deliuered thine enemie into thine hand this day: now therefore let mee smite him, I pray thee, with [the] speare, euen to the earth at once, and I will not [smite] him the second time. 1 Samuel 26:9 And Dauid sayd to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORDS Anointed, and be guiltlesse? 1 Samuel 26:10 Dauid said furthermore, As the LORD liueth, the LORD shal smite him, or his day shall come to die, or hee shall descend into battell, and perish. 1 Samuel 26:11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch foorth mine hand against the LORDS Anointed: but I pray thee, take thou now the speare that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let vs goe. 1 Samuel 26:12 So Dauid tooke the speare and the cruse of water from Sauls bolster, and they gate them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleepe, because a deepe sleepe [from] the LORD was fallen vpon them.
David reproveth Abner,
1 Samuel 26:13 Then Dauid went ouer to the other side, and stood on the toppe of an hill afarre off (a great space being betweene them:) 1 Samuel 26:14 And Dauid cryed to the people, and to Abner the sonne of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered, and sayd, Who [art] thou [that] cryest to the King? 1 Samuel 26:15 And Dauid 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. 1 Samuel 26:16 This thing [is] not good that thou hast done: as the LORD liueth, ye are worthy to die, because yee haue not kept your master the LORDS Anointed: and now see where the Kings speare is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster. 1 Samuel 26:17 And Saul knew Dauids voyce, and said, Is this thy voice, my sonne Dauid? And Dauid saide, It is my voice, my lord, O king.
and exhorteth Saul.
1 Samuel 26:18 And he said, Wherefore doeth my lord thus pursue after his seruant? for what haue I done? or what euill is in mine hand? 1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king heare the words of his seruant: If the LORD haue stirred thee vp against mee, let him accept an offering: but if they [be] the children of men, cursed [be] they before the LORD: for they haue driuen me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Goe serue other gods. 1 Samuel 26:20 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 seeke a flea, as when one doeth hunt a partridge in the mountaines.
Saul acknowledgeth his sin.
1 Samuel 26:21 Then said Saul, I haue sinned: Returne, my sonne Dauid, for I will no more doe thee harme, because my soule was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I haue played the foole, and haue erred exceedingly. 1 Samuel 26:22 And Dauid answered, and sayd, Behold the kings speare, and let one of the yong men come ouer and fetch it. 1 Samuel 26:23 The LORD render to euery man his righteousnesse, and his faithfulnesse: for the LORD deliuered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch foorth mine hand against the LORDS Anointed. 1 Samuel 26:24 And behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes: so let my life bee much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliuer me out of all tribulation. 1 Samuel 26:25 Then Saul said to Dauid, Blessed be thou, my sonne Dauid: thou shalt both doe great [things], and also shalt still preuaile. So Dauid went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.