First Samuel 26


26:1 And the Ziphites came to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not
 David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, [which is] before
 Jeshimon?
26:2 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.
26:3 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.
26:4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul
 had come in very deed.
26:5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had
 encamped; and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner,
 the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the
 trench, and the people pitched around him.
26:6 Then answered David, and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and
 to Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who
 will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I
 will go down with thee.
26:7 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 about him.
26:8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thy enemy
 into thy 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.
26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not; for who can
 stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed and be
 guiltless?
26:10 David said furthermore, [As] the LORD liveth, the LORD
 will smite him; or his day will come to die; or he will descend
 into battle and perish.
26:11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth my 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.
26:12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's
 bolster; and they departed, and no man saw [it], nor knew [it],
 neither awaked: for they [were] all asleep: because a deep
 sleep from the LORD had fallen upon them.
26:13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the
 top of a hill afar off; a great space [being] between them:
26:14 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?
26:15 And David said to Abner, [Art] not thou a [valiant] man?
 and who [is] like to thee in Israel? why then hast thou not
 kept thy lord the king? for there came in one of the people to
 destroy the king thy lord.
26:16 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.
26:17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, [Is] this thy
 voice, my son David? and David said, [It is] my voice, my lord,
 O king.
26:18 And he said, Why doth my lord thus pursue his servant? for
 what have I done? or what evil [is] in my hand?
26:19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the
 words of his servant. If the LORD hath stirred thee up against
 me, let him accept an offering: but if [they are] the children
 of men, cursed [be] they before the LORD; for they have driven
 me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the LORD,
 saying, Go, serve other gods.
26:20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before
 the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel hath come out to
 seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the
 mountains.
26:21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I
 will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thy
 eyes this day: behold I have played the fool, and have erred
 exceedingly.
26:22 And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear! and
 let one of the young men come over and take it.
26:23 The 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 my hand against the
 LORD'S anointed.
26:24 And behold, as thy life was precious this day in my eyes,
 so let my life be precious in the eyes of the LORD, and let him
 deliver me out of all tribulation.
26:25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed [be] thou, my son David:
 thou shalt both do great [things], and also shalt still
 prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his
 place.
 
 

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