King James Version1 Samuel26

1 Samuel

1 And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, say­ing, Doth 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 Ab­n­er 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 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. 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, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall de­scend into bat­tle, and per­ish. 11 The 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 a 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, Is this thy voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king. 18 And he said, Where­fore doth my lord thus pur­sue af­ter his ser­vant? for what have I done? or 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 stirred thee up against me, let him ac­cept an of­fer­ing: but if they be 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. 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 a flea, as when one doth hunt a par­tridge in the moun­tains. 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 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 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 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 pre­vail. So David went on his way, and Saul re­turned to his place.