: David trusted in God who blesses the righteous and the faithful. 25. You shall both do great things and also still prevail.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place. 8-12. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. 1 Samuel 27 Chapter 26 David’s troubles from Saul here begin again; and the clouds return after the rain, when one would have hoped the storm had blown over, and the sky had cleared upon that side; but after Saul had owned his fault in persecuting David, and acknowledged David’s title to the crown, yet here he revives the persecution, so perfectly lost was he to all sense of honour and virtue. saying, Go, serve other gods--This was the drift of their conduct. stood on the top of an hill afar off . 1. 4. i. David understood the principle Jesus spoke of in Matthew 7:2: With the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Let one of the young men come over and get it. Since David was so right and Saul was so wrong, it was easy for David to project a superior attitude towards Saul, but he didn’t. sent out spies . But the king had relapsed into his old enmity. See where the king’s spear is, and the jug of water that was by his head. Why should David go on such a dangerous mission? For the king of Israel has come out to seek a flea, as when one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”. 1Sa 26:19 - Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. “The Apostle makes a great distinction, and rightly, between the sorrow of the world and the sorrow of a godly repentance which needeth not to be repented of. Now the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is David not hiding in the hill of Hachilah, opposite Jeshimon?” 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. At first glance this text about Samuel’s early years seems not to provide many resources for preaching and teaching. Login or Create an Account. and all asleep, Saul was completely vulnerable. and let one of the young men come over and fetch it. This time David actively sought Saul out. Peninnah had 1 Samuel 26. The fact that David did this shows his boldness and courage; the outcome of it all shows God was leading him in it. His spear, stuck in the ground, indicates his position. May the LORD repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness. blessed, my son David! And Abner and the people lay all around him. I. Then Abishai said to David, “God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day”. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. 26:10 "as the Lord lives" This is an ancient Israelite oath formula related to the name of YHWH. c. If the LORD has stirred you up against me… if it is the children of men: David made it easier for Saul to repent. This time he found himself in the wilderness of Ziph with Saul in pursuit. But he wanted both the throne and the blessing of God. All rights reserved. Then David, with a trusted assistant (Abishai the son of Zeruiah), secretly crept down to where Saul and Abner slept. As he did this with a pious disposition of mind, it was called ministering unto the Lord. a. wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king?--The circumstance of David having penetrated to the center of the encampment, through the circular rows of the sleeping soldiers, constituted the point of this sarcastic taunt. Probably, David noticed that a deep sleep from the LORD had fallen on them all and knew there was a reason for it. Posted on Nov 16, 2002 by Beyond Today Editor Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. He could admit that his actions against David were wrong without admitting that they originated with himself. b. That would only change when God changed it; David would not stretch out his hand against the LORD’s anointed. Bible Track is an online Bible commentary and study site plus a Bible reading plan. David knew very well that the LORD or other men had not stirred up Saul but that it came from Saul’s own bitterness, carnality, and jealousy. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. And who is like you in Israel? David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul had indeed come. Why then have you not guarded your lord the king: In this vivid scene, David implied that he cared more for Saul’s life than Abner did. David knew more than anyone that Saul was deeply in sin. David knew more than anyone that Saul was deeply in sin. Hostile parties can thus speak to each other, while completely beyond the reach of each other's attack. i. : David knew that it wasn’t “hard” for God to kill Saul. b. 3. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand--This midnight stratagem shows the activity and heroic enterprise of David's mind, and it was in unison with the style of warfare in ancient times. Israel demands a king (1-9) Samuel warns the people (10-18) Jehovah grants the request for a king (19-22) 9. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. 1 Samuel 26 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this verse-by-verse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient Jewish writings III. Now they try to gain King Saul’s favor again, by helping Saul find David again. . Now they try to gain King Saul’s favor again, by helping Saul find David again. and David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched--Having obtained certain information of the locality, he seems, accompanied by his nephew ( 1 Samuel 26:6 ), to have hid himself, perhaps disguised, in a neighboring wood, or hill, on the skirts of the royal camp towards night, and waited to approach it under covert of the darkness. Though God had rejected him from the kingdom, it was in every way the best and most dutiful course, instead of precipitating his fall by imbruing their hands in his blood and thereby contracting the guilt of a great crime, to wait the awards of that retributive providence which sooner or later would take him off by some sudden and mortal blow. At that time David had opportunity to kill Saul but did not take it. 1 Samuel Chapter 26 summary began with the same fate David has had the last few chapters, and that was being on the run. i. Abishai made it easy for David: Please let me strike at once with the spear. e. Now therefore, do not let my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: David concluded his appeal to Saul with a simple request. (5-8) David’s second opportunity to kill Saul. This thing that you have done is not good. The circumference is lined by the baggage and the men, while the chief's station is in the center, whether he occupy a tent or not. When David boldly demonstrated this to Saul, the king was greatly moved emotionally and publicly repented for his murderous intentions toward David. He waited to see if the repentant words Saul spoke showed a genuine repentance in his life. Having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David. Morgan on I have played the fool: “In these words we have a perfect autobiography. . He would wait until it came to him God’s way. b. What have I done, or what evil is in my hand: David first asked Saul to consider the facts and to clearly think about what David did. Why then have you not guarded your lord the king? See where the king’s spear is, and the jug of water that was by his head: This dramatic evidence – like the evidence of the corner of Saul’s robe in 1 Samuel 24:11 – was undeniable proof that David had the opportunity to kill Saul but did not do it. With Explore the Bible, groups can expect to engage Scripture in its proper context and be better prepared ... 1 SAMUEL 1:10-18,26-28 10 Deeply hurt, Hannah prayed to the Lord and wept with many tears. This thing that you have done, the LORD lives, you deserve to die, because you have not guarded your master, the LORD’s anointed. With Saul’s spear stuck in the ground by his head and all asleep, Saul was completely vulnerable. Saul’s repentance was deep, sincere, and emotional – but it didn’t last very long. What hurt David the most was that he couldn’t go to the house of God and openly be with the people of God, living his life after the LORD as he longed to. And who is like you in Israel? But please, take now the spear and the jug of water that, by his head, and let us go.” So David took the spear and the jug of water, Saul’s head, and they got away; and no man saw. 11. the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water--The Oriental spear had, and still has, a spike at the lower extremity, intended for the purpose of sticking the spear into the ground when the warrior is at rest. c. David therefore sent out spies: As a wise and capable commander David constantly monitored the movements of Saul. He waited to see if the repentant words Saul spoke showed a genuine repentance in his life. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. 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. We might think that David had more righteous reason than ever to kill Saul. (22-25) David explains to Saul why he did not kill him. Every breath Saul took was a gift from God. 1 Samuel 1 – The Birth of Samuel. It all might have seemed to be perfectly given from the hand of God! They were not divided into two books until the Old Testament was translated into Greek. That translation is accurate from the Hebrew but gives the wrong idea. . So let my life be valued much in the eyes of the LORD: David wanted to fulfill his call to be the next king of Israel. 1, 2. the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah--This people seem to have thought it impossible for David to escape, and therefore recommended themselves to Saul, by giving him secret information The knowledge of their treachery makes it appear strange that David should return to his former haunt in their neighborhood; but, perhaps he did it to be near Abigail's possessions, and under the impression that Saul had become mollified. – both from the “feel” of the verse and Saul’s subsequent actions – that Saul isn’t repentant but only ; bitterly realizes that David got the better of him again. Sign up for an account to try it FREE for 30 days. Saul lay within the camp is a good translation of the idea. The idea is that the perimeter of Israeli army camp was marked by the tracks of their wagons, and it was within the perimeter of the camp that Saul slept. Now therefore, please, let me strike him at once with the spear, right to the earth; and I will not. A "cruse of water" is usually, in warm climates, kept near a person's couch, as a drink in the night time is found very refreshing. May the LORD repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the LORD’s anointed. And who is like you in Israel? We may request cookies to be set on your device. For what have I done, or what evil is in my hand? Abishai also weaves into the matter an element of poetic justice: used to kill Saul would be the king’s own spear, stuck in the ground by his head. In this, David trusted that God would protect him when he did eventually come to reign over Israel. “There is a vast deal of dignity in this speech of David, arising from a consciousness of his own innocence. and cried to the The extraordinary purity and elasticity of the air in Palestine enable words to be distinctly heard that are addressed by a speaker from the top of one hill to people on that of another, from which it is separated by a deep intervening ravine. The Ziphites informed him where David was (1 Samuel 26:1), and thereupon he marched out with a considerable force in quest of him, 1 Samuel 26:2,3. 1 Samuel 26 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . i ” . For I will harm you no more… Indeed I have played the fool and erred exceedingly. 3 Saul made his camp beside the road on the hill of Hakilah k facing Jeshimon, but David stayed in the wilderness. “Its masterfully told stories have captured the imagination of readers for millennia” (19). Since David was so right and Saul was so wrong, it was easy for David to project a superior attitude towards Saul, but he didn’t. 1 Samuel 26:25 But as David went on his way he was faced with the temptation he spoke of in 1 Samuel 26:19 – tempted to flee Israel all together and live among the ungodly. For I will harm you no more… Indeed I have played the fool and erred exceedingly: It seems – both from the “feel” of the verse and Saul’s subsequent actions – that Saul isn’t repentant but only ; bitterly realizes that David got the better of him again. d. They have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, “Go, serve other gods”: David revealed his own heart’s struggle under the pressure from Saul’s relentless persecution. means that David himself went. b. May the LORD repay every man, his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you into, hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the LORD’s anointed. Now Saul lay within the camp, with the people encamped all around him. And David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the LORD’s anointed, and be guiltless?” David said furthermore, “As the LORD lives, the LORD shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish. Why then have you not guarded your lord the king? all asleep, because a deep sleep from the LORD had fallen on them. The words seem right but the feelings aren’t there. i. His feelings seemed right but his life was not changed (1 Samuel 24:16-21). And now see where the king’s spear is, and the jug of water that was by his head.”. If vengeance belongs to God, it does not belong to us, so we are to love our enemies and never repay evil with evil. So David went on his way--Notwithstanding this sudden relenting of Saul, David placed no confidence in his professions or promises, but wisely kept at a distance and awaited the course of Providence. David could say to himself and everyone else, “. “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. He refused to take the throne through murder or rebellion. 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. a. : David first asked Saul to consider the facts and to clearly think about what David did. Every breath Saul took was a gift from God. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. David knew very well that the LORD or other men had not stirred up Saul but that it came from Saul’s own bitterness, carnality, and jealousy. Though Saul's cruelty and perfidy and general want of right principle had sunk him to a low pitch of degradation, yet that was no reason for David's imitating him in doing wrong. : This phrasing shows that David spoke to Saul with genuine humility. He could send any of his 600 men to do this job, and from a military sense it made more sense to send someone else. “Knowing Saul’s unstable and deceitful heart, he would not trust to any of his professions or promises, but kept out of his reach.” (Poole), ii. Saul had his chance and he blew it.”. Saul was under the judicial infatuation of heaven. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Then Saul knew David’s voice, and said, “Is that your voice, my son David?” And David said, “It is my voice, my lord, O king.” And he said, “Why does my lord thus pursue his servant? c. David took the spear and the jug of water by Saul’s head: David would not kill Saul, but he did take the spear and the jug of water as evidence that he had the opportunity to kill Saul. a. The spear that was thrown at David in attempted murder before (1 Samuel 18:10-11 and 19:9-10) would now be used as the instrument of the LORD’s righteous judgment. 1. Then David answered, and said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother of Joab, saying, “Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?” And Abishai said, “I will go down with you.” So David and Abishai came to the people by night; and there Saul lay sleeping within the camp, with his spear stuck in the ground by his head. But he showed no evidence of true repentance towards God. David wanted the large measure of God’s mercy for himself, so David gave Saul the large measure of mercy. Chief among them is the story of David and Goliath, the quintessential underdog story. 1 Sam. At that time David had opportunity to kill Saul but did not take it. . Click on the different category headings to find out more. Thus David withheld the hand of Abishai; but, at the same time, he directed him to carry off some things which would show where they had been, and what they had done. a. reminds us that Saul had a great numerical advantage. But if it is the children of men, may they be cursed before the LORD, for they have driven me out this day from sharing in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, ‘Go, serve other gods.’ So now, do not let my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD. DAVID STAYS ABISHAI FROM KILLING SAUL, BUT TAKES HIS SPEAR AND CRUSE. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. From “Playing Both Ends Against the Middle” to “Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place” (1 Samuel 29:1-30:6) David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul had indeed come. 3. Now therefore, do not let my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD, : David concluded his appeal to Saul with a simple request. c. David went on his way: Saul invited David to return (1 Samuel 26:21) but David did not take the invitation. Commentary on 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 View Bible Text It is likely that this text shows up on the First Sunday after Christmas in the Year of Luke (Year C) because of its typological-ish resonances with the childhood story of Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem, which is this Sunday’s gospel text. . With Saul’s. i. Now Saul lay within the camp, with the people encamped all around him. Three thousand chosen men reminds us that Saul had a great numerical advantage. 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