Rather than take Saul’s life, David left the matter of vengeance in the hands of the Lord.

Rather than take Saul’s life, David left the matter of vengeance in the hands of the Lord.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 24:1-13

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 24:1-13

1 Samuel 24:1–13 (Listen)

David Spares Saul’s Life

24:1 When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself.1 Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD’s anointed.” So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.

Afterward David also arose and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage. And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm’? 10 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the LORD gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you.2 I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD’s anointed.’ 11 See, my father, see the corner of your robe in my hand. For by the fact that I cut off the corner of your robe and did not kill you, you may know and see that there is no wrong or treason in my hands. I have not sinned against you, though you hunt my life to take it. 12 May the LORD judge between me and you, may the LORD avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness.’ But my hand shall not be against you.

Footnotes

[1] 24:3 Hebrew cover his feet

[2] 24:10 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew it [my eye] spared you

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KJV Text:

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     1 And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi. 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats. 3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave. 4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily. 5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. 6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. 7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way. 8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

     9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt? 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed. 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it. 12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. 13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 517 :
The Will of God is Always Best

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1. The will of God is always best 
And shall be done forever; 
And they who trust in Him are blest, 
He will forsake them never. 
He helps indeed In time of need, 
He chastens with forbearing; 
They who depend On God, their Friend, 
Shall not be left despairing. 

2. God is my Comfort and my Trust, 
My Hope and life abiding; 
And to His counsel wise and just, 
I yield in Him confiding. 
The very hairs, His Word declares, 
Upon my head He numbers. 
By night and day God is my Stay, 
He never sleeps nor slumbers. 

3. Lord Jesus, this I ask of Thee, 
Deny me not this favor: 
When Satan sorely troubles me, 
Then do not let me waver. 
Keep watch and ward, O gracious Lord, 
Fulfil Thy faithful saying: 
Who doth believe He shall receive 
An answer to His praying. 

4. When life’s brief course on earth is run 
And I this world am leaving, 
Grant me to say: “Thy will be done.” 
By faith to Thee still cleaving. 
My heavenly Friend, I now commend 
My soul into Thy keeping, 
O’er sin and hell, And death as well, 
Through Thee the victory reaping. 


Hymn: LSB 758 :
The Will of God Is Always Best

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1. The will of God is always best 
And shall be done forever; 
And they who trust in Him are blest; 
He will forsake them never. 
He helps indeed 
In time of need; 
He chastens with forbearing, 
They who depend 
On God, their friend, 
Shall not be left despairing. 

2. God is my comfort and my trust, 
My hope and life abiding; 
And to His counsel, wise and just, 
I yield, in Him confiding. 
The very hairs, 
His Word declares, 
Upon my head He numbers. 
By night and day 
God is my stay; 
He never sleeps nor slumbers. 

3. Lord, this I ask, O hear my plea, 
Deny me not this favor: 
When Satan sorely troubles me, 
Then do not let me waver. 
O guard me well, 
My fear dispel, 
Fulfill Your faithful saying: 
All who believe 
By grace receive 
An answer to their praying. 

4. When life’s brief course on earth is run 
And I this world am leaving, 
Grant me to say, “Your will be done,” 
Your faithful Word believing. 
My dearest Friend, I now commend 
My soul into Your keeping; 
From sin and hell, 
And death as well, 
By You the vict’ry reaping. 


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