The Wilderness – 1st Samuel 26

1 Samuel 26:1 And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah,  saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah,  which is before Jeshimon? 

1 Samuel 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. 

1 Samuel 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. 

1 Samuel 26:4 David therefore sent  out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.   

1 Samuel 26:5 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. 

1 Samuel 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. 

1 Samuel 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 round about him. 

1 Samuel 26:8 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. 

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1 Samuel 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? 

1 Samuel 26:10 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. 

1 Samuel 26:11 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. 

1 Samuel 26:12 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.  

1 Samuel 26:13 Then David went over to the other side, and  stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being  between them: 

1 Samuel 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? 

1 Samuel 26:15 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. 

1 Samuel 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. 

1 Samuel 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. 

1 Samuel 26:18 And he said,  Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for  what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand? 

1 Samuel 26:19  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. 

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 seek a  flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.  

1 Samuel 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 thine eyes this day: behold, I have played  the fool, and have erred exceedingly. 

1 Samuel 26:22 And David  answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let one of  the young men come over and fetch it. 

1 Samuel 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 mine hand against the LORD’S  anointed. 

1 Samuel 26:24 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. 

1 Samuel 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.   KJV

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