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25 Saul also and his men went to seek
him. And they told David : wherefore he
came down || into a rock, and abode in the
wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard
that, he pursued after David in the wilder-
ness of Maon.

26 And Saul went on this side of the
mountain, and David and his men on that
side of the mountain: Pand David made
haste to get away for fear of Saul ; for Saul
and his men "J compassed David and his men
round about to take them.

27 IT ""But there came a messenger unto
Saul, saying. Haste thee, and come ; for the
Philistines have f invaded the land.

28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursu-
ing after David, and went against the Philis-
tines : therefore they called that place ||Sela-

29 t And David went up from thence, and
dwelt in strong holds at =En-gedi.


about 1061.

k ch. 24. 20.

I ch. 18. 3.
& 20. 16, 42.

rn See
ch. 26. 1.
Fi. 54, title.

t Heb.

on tht right


II Or.

the iDildtr-

n Pb. 54. 3.

t Heb.
foot shall be.

o Josh. 13.
ch.25. 2.

11 Or,
from IM

p Pi. 31. 22.


r See

2 KinsB 19.


spread them-
selves upon,

II That is,
Uie roek of

H 2 Chron.


about 1061.

a ch. 23. 28.


b Ps. 38. 12.

c Ps. 141. 6.

d Judg. 3.


e Ps. 57,

title, & 142,


f ch. 26. 8.

t Heb.
tite robe
which was


h cli. 26. 11.

t Hci.
cut off".
Miilt. 5. 44.
Rom. 12. 17,

k Ps. 141. 6

Prov. 10. 28,
Sl 17. 9.

I Ps. 7. 3. &

cli. 2li. 10.
Job 5. a

David cutteth off Saul's skirt.

1 David in a cave at En-gedi, having cut off Saul's
skirt, sparetk Ms life. 8 He sheweth thereby his in-
nocency. 16 Saul,acknowledging his fault, taketh an
oath of David, and departeth.

AND it came to pass, ''when Saul was
returned from f following the Philis-
tines, that it was told him, saying, Behold,
David is in the wilderness of En-gedi.

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 sheep-cotes 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 ene-
my into thine hand, that thou mayest do to
him as it shall seem good utito thee. Then
David arose, and cut off the skirt of f 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 anoint-
ed of the Lord

7 So David t ' 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, say-
ing. My lord the king. And when Saul
looked behind him, David stooped with his
face to the earth, and bowed himself.

9 1[ 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 hath delivered thee to-
dayintoniinehandin 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.

1 1 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.


Saul acknowledgeth his fault.

13 As saith the proverb of the ancients,
Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked :
but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

14 After whom is the king of Israel come
out ? after whom dost thou pursue ? ° after
a dead dog, after Pa flea.

15 iThe Lord therefore be judge, and
judge between me and thee, and ' see, and
'plead my cause, and f deliver me out of
tliine hand.

16 IT And it came to pass when David had
made an end of speaking these words unto
Saul, that Saul said, *Is this thy voice, my
son David ? And Saul lifted up his voice,
and wept.

17 "And he said to David, Thou art
^more righteous than I: for ythou hast re-
warded me good, whereas I have rewarded
thee evil.

18 And thou hast shewed this day how
that thou hast dealt well with me; foras-
much as when ^the Lord had f delivered
me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.

19 For if a man find his enemy, will he
let him go well away ? wherefore the Lord
reward thee good, for that thou hast done
unto me this day.

20 And now, behold, ^I know well that
(hou shalt surely be king, and that the
kingdom of Israel shall be established in
thine hand.

21 ''Swear now therefore unto me by the
Lord, "that thou wilt not cut off my seed
after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my
name out of my father's house.

22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul
went home ; but David and his men gat them
up unto ''the hold.



I Samuel dieth. 2 David in Paran sendeth to Nabal.
10 Provoked by NabaVs churlishness, he mindeth to
destroy him. 14 Abigail understanding thereof, 18
taketh a present, 23 and by her wisdom 32 pacifieth
David. 36 Nabal hearing thereof dieth. 39 David
taketh Abigail and Ahinoam to be his wives. 44
Michal is given to Phalti.

AND ''Samuel died : and all the Israelites
were gathered together, and '•lamented
him, and buried him in his house at Ramah.
And David arose, and went down "to the
wilderness of Paran.

2 And there was a man ""in Maon, whose

II possessions were in ''Carmel ; and the man
was very great, and he had three thousand
sheep, and a thousand goats : and he was
shearing his sheep in Carmel.

3 Now the name of the man was Nabal ;
and the name of his wife Abigail : and she
was a woman of good understanding, and of
a beautiful cotmtenance : but the man vms


about 1061.

o cli. 17. 43.
a Sam.!). a
P cli. 26. 20.

q vor. 12.

r 2 Chron.
24. 22.
s Ph. 35. 1.
iL 43. 1. Ic
119. 154.
Mic. 7. 9.
t Heb.

u ch. 26. 21.

X Gen. 38.


y Matt. 5.


z ch. 26. 23.
t Hob.
shut up.
ch. 23. 12. &
2U. 8.

b Gen. 21.


c 2 Sam. 21.

6, a

d ch. 23. 29.

about 1060.
a ch. 28. 3.
b Numb. 20.
Deut. 34. 8.

c Gen. 21.


Pa. 120. 5.

d ch. 23. 24.

P Or,
Josh. 15.

. Berorn

about 1060.

r Gen. 38.


2 Sam. 13,


t Heh. mk
hiiH in vii/
name of
ch. 17. 22.

fl Chron.
i. la.

Pa. IM. 7.
Luke 10. 5.

T Heb.
li ver. 15,

i Neh. 8. 10.
Esth. 9. 19.

t Heb.

k Jude. 9.

P». 73. 7, B.
& 123. 3, 4.

1 Jude. 8. 6.

1 Heb.

m cli. 30. 24.

t Heh.Jteio
upon them.

n ver. 7.
t Heb.

o Exod. 14.


Job 1. 10.

p ch. 20. 7.

a Dout 13.



Nabal's churlishness to David.

churlish and evil in his doings ; and he was
of the house of Caleb.

4 IF And David heard in the wilderness
that Nabal did '"shear his sheep.

5 And David sent out ten young men, and
David said unto the young men, Get you up
to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and t greet him
in my name ;

6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth
in prosperity, f Peace be both to thee, and
peace be to thine house, and peace be unto all
that thou hast.

7 And now I have heard that thou hast
shearers : now thy shepherds which were
with us, we f hurt them not, ''neither was
there aught missing unto them, all the
while they were in Carmel.

8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew
thee. Wherefore let the young men find
favour in thine eyes : for we come in 'a good
day : give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh
to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy
son David.

9 And when David's young men came,
they spake to Nabal according to all those
words in the name of David, and t ceased.

10 IT And Nabal answered David's ser-
vants, and said, ^ Who is David ? and who
is the son of Jesse ? there be many servants
now-a-days that break away every man from
his master.

11 'Shall I then take my bread, and my
water, and my f flesh that I have killed for
my shearers, and give it unto men, whom
I know not whence they be?

12 So David's young men turned their
way, and went again, and came and told him
all those sayings.

13 And David said unto his men. Gird ye
on every man his sword. And they girded
on every man his sword ; and David also
girded on his sword : and there went up
after David about four hundred men ; and
two hundred ""abode by the stuff".

14 IT But one of the young men told Abi-
gail, Nabal's wife, saying. Behold, David
sent messengers out of the wilderness to sa-
lute our master ; and he trailed on them.

15 But the men wej-e very good unto us,
and "we Avere not thurt, neither missed we
any thing, as long as we were conversant
with them, when we were in the fields :

16 They were "a wall unto us both by
night and day, all the while we were with
them keeping the sheep.

17 Now therefore know and consider what
thou wilt do : for p evil is determined against
our master, and against all his household : for
he is such a son of i Belial, that a man can-

not speak to him.


Abigail pacifieth David.

18 IT Then Abigail made haste, and ""took
two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine,
and five sheep ready dressed, and five mea-
sures of parched com,and an hundred || clus-
ters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs,
and laid them on asses.

19 And she said unto her servants, » Go
on before me; behold, I come after you.
But she told not her husband Nabal.

20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass,
that she came down by the covert of the hill,
and behold, David and his men came down
against her ; and she met them.

21 (Now David had said. Surely in vain
have I kept all that this fellow hath in the
w^ilderness, so that nothing was missed of all
that pertained unto him : and he hath
"requited me evil for good.

22 '^ So and more also do God unto the
enemies of David, if I cleave of all that per-
tain to him by the morning light ^ any that
pisseth against the wall.)

23 And when Abigail saw David, she
hasted, "and lighted off the ass, and fell
before David on her face, and bowed her-
self to the ground,

24 And fell at his feet, and said. Upon
me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be :
and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak
in thine f audience, and hear the words of
thine handmaid.

25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, t regard
this man of Belial, even Nabal : for as his
name is, so is he ; || Nabal is his name, and
folly is with him : but I thine handmaid saw
not the young men of my lord, whom thou
didst send.

26 Now therefore, my lord, ^as the Lord
liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the
Lord hath "withholden thee from coming
to shed blood, and from f'' avenging thyself
with thine own hand, now* let thine enemies,
and they that seek evil to my lord, be as

27 And now ''this || blessing which thine
handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let
it even be given unto the young men that
t follow my lord.

28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of
thine handmaid: for ^the Lord will cer-
tainly make my lord a sure house ; because
my lord ''fighteth the battles of the Lord,
and 'evil hath not been found in thee all thy

29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and
to seek thy soul : but the soul of my lord
shall be bound in the bundle of life with the
Lord thy God ; and the souls of thine ene-
mies, them shall he ''sling out, -fas out of the
middle of a sling.



about 1060.

r Gen. 32.


Prov. 18. 16.

& 21. 14.

II Or, lumps.

■ Gen. 32.
16, 20.

u Ps. 109. 5.

Prov. 17. 13.

X Ruth 1.


ch. 3. 17. t

20. 13, 16.

y ver. 34.


14. 10. & 21.


S Kings 9.8.

a Josh. 15.


JudE. 1. 14.

t Heb. ears.

t Heb. lay it
to Ilia heart.

I Tliat is.

b 2 Kings

c Gen. 20. 8.
ver. 33.
f Heb.

(1 Rom. 12.


2 Sam. 18.


f Gen. 33.


rh. 30. 26.

2 Kings 5.


II Or,


t Heb. Vlldk

at the feet

of, &-e.

ver. 42.

Judp. 4. 10.

B 2 Sam. 7.

11. 27.

1 Kings 9.

I'Chron. 17.
10, 25.
h ch. 18. 17.
i ch. 24. 11.

kJcr. 10.13.
t Heb. 171 the
midst of tke
bow of a


about 1060.

T Heb. nrt,
or, stum.

I Gen. 24.

Ps. 41. 13.
& 72. 18.
Lulie 1. 68.

2 Sam. 15.9.

2 Kings 5.


Lulie 7. 50.

& S. 48.

q Gen. 19.


r 2 Sam. 13.

s ver. 32.

t Prov. 22.


u ver. 26.


X 1 Kings
Pb. 7. 16.

y Ruth 2.
10, 13.
Prov. 15. 33.

Nabal hearing thereof dieth.

30 And it shall come to pass, when the
Lord shall have done to fny lord according
to all the good that he hath spoken concern-
ing thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler
over Israel ;

31 Thtitthis shall be tno grief unto thee,
nor offence of heart unto my lord, either
that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that
my lord hath avenged himself: but when
the Lord shall have dealt well with my
lord, then remember thine handmaid.

32 IT And David said' to Abigail, 'Blessed
be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee
this day to meet me :

33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed
be thou, which hast "'kept me this day from
coming to shed blood, and from avenging
myself with mine own hand.

34 For in very deed, as the Lord God
of Israel liveth, which hath "kept me back
from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted
and come to meet me, surely there had °not
been left unto Nabal by the rnqming light
any that pisseth against the wall.

35 So David received of her hand that '
which she had brought him, and said unto
her, pGo up in peace to thine house ; see, 1
have hearkened to thy voice, and have i ac-
cepted thy person.

36 II And Abigail came to Nabal ; and
behold, ""he held a feast in his house, like
the feast of a king ; and Nabal's heart was
merry within him, for he was very drunken :
wherefore she told him nothing, less or more,
until the morning light.

37 But it came to pass in the morning,
when the wine was gone out of Nabal,
and his wife had told him these things, that
his heart died within him, and he became
as a stone.

38 And it came to pass about ten days
after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he

39 IT And when David heard that Nabal
was dead, he said, ^Blessed be the Lord,
that hath 'pleaded the cause of my reproach
from the hand of Nabal, and hath " kept
his servant from evil : for the Lord hath
''returned the wickedness of Nabal upon
his own head. And David sent and com-
muned with Abigail, to take her to him to

40 And when the servants of David were
come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto
her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take
thee to him to wife.

41 And she arose, and bowed herself on
her face to the earth, and said. Behold, let
y thine handmaid 6e a servant to wash the
feet of the servants of my lord.


David spareth Saul's life.

42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode
upon an ass, with five damsels ot hers that
went t after her; and she went after the mes-
sengers of David, and became his wife.

43 David also took Ahinoam 'of Jezreel;
"and they were also both of them his wives.

44 TIBut Saul had given '•Michal his
daughter, David's wife, to || Phalti the son
of Laish, which was of ■= Gallim.


Said, by the discovery of the Ziphites, cometh to



Hachilah against David.

5 David coming into the

trench stayeth Abishai from killing Saul, but taketh
his spear and cruse. 13 David reproveth Abner,
18 and exhorteth Saul. 21 Saul acknowledgeth his

AND the Ziphites came unto Saul to
Gibeah, saying, "Doth not David hide
himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is be-
fore 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 Hachi-
lah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way.
But David abode in the wilderness, and he
saw that Saul came after him into the wil-

4 David therefore sent out spies, and un-
derstood that Saul was come in very deed.

5 IF 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 Ahi-
melech 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 sleep-
ing 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
t 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

9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy
him not; «for who can stretch forth his
hand against the Lord's anointed, and be

10 David said furthermore. As the Lord
iiveth, <■ the Lord shall smite him; or shis
day shall come to die ; or he shall ^ descend
into battle, and perish.

zJoflh. 15.


n ch. 27. 3.

& 3U. 5.

b 3 Sum. 3.


1! Phallirl.

SSam. 3. IS.

c Um. 10.


a ch. 23. 19.

Fa. 54, title.

b ch. 14. 50.
& 17. 55.

II Or,

wid^t of hit
ch. 17.'.!0.

c 1 Chron.

d Judf. 7.
10, U.

t Heb.
shut up.
ch. 24. 18.

och,24.6, 7.
2 Sam. 1.16.

Ps. 94. 1, 2,

Luke 18.7.
Rom. 12. 19.

f: See
Sen. 47. 29.
Deut. 31. 14.
Job 7. 1. &

Ps. 37. 13.


about lOGO.

i ch. 24. 6,

k Gen. 2. 21.

t Heb.
Via sons of
2 Sam. 12. S.

m ch.34.9,

n 2 Sam. 16.
11. Sc 24. 1.
t Hob.
Gen. 8.21.
Lev. 26. 31.

o Deut. 4.


Ps. 120. 5.

t Heb.


n 2 Sam. 14.

To. & 20. 19.

q ch. 34. 14,

r ch. 1.5. 24.

B ch. 18. 30,

t Pa. 7.

8. &

Saul acknowledgeth his sin.

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 IT 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

16 This thing is not good that thou hast
done. As the Lord Iiveth, ye are t 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,
■/s 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 1

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 t accept an offering : but if they he the
children of men, cursed be they before the
Lord ; " for they have driven me out this day
from t abiding in the p 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 "la fiea,
as when one doth hunt a partridge in the

21 ITThen said Saul, 'I have sinned: re-
turn, 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 tlie
Lord delivered thee into my hand to-day,


David beggeth Zihlag of Achish.

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.


1 Saul hearing David to be in Gath, seeketh no more for
him. 5 David beggeth Ziklag of Achish. 8 He,
invading other countries, persuadeth Achish he fought
against Judah.

AND David said in his heart, I shall now
t perish one day by the hand of Saul :
there is nothing better for me than that I
should speedily escape into the land of the
Philistines ; and Saul shall despair of me, to
seek me any more in any coast of Israel : so
shall I escape out of his hand.

2 And David arose, "and he passed over
with the six hundred men that were with
him ""unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king
of Gath.

3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath,
he and his men, every man with his house-
hold, even David "with his two wives, Ahi-
noam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Car-
melitess, Nabal's wife.

4 And it was told Sau.l that David was
fled to Gath : and he sought no more again
for him.

5 IT And David said unto Achish, If I


have now found





them give me a place in some town in the
country, that I may dwell there : for why
should thy servant dwell in the royal city
with thee ?

6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day :
wherefore ''Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings
of Judah unto this day.

7 And t the time that David dwelt in the
country of the Philistines was f a full year
and four months.

8 IF And David and his men went up, and
invaded nhe Geshurites, ''and the || Gezrites,
and the sAmalekites : for those nations were
of old the inhabitants of the land, •" as thou
goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.

9 And David smote the land, and left
neither man nor woman alive, and took away
the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and
the camels, and the apparel, and returned,
and came to Achish.

10 And Achish said, || Whither have ye
made a road to-day ? And David said, Against
the south of Judah, and against the south of

about 1060.

u Gen. 32.


4 Hcb. he

a ch. as. 13.

c ch. 25. 43.

d See

•Totli. 1.5. 31.
& 19. i.

t Heb.
tlte number
of days.
t Holi. a
year of days:
See 011.20. 3,
till 1U56.

e Josh. 13.2.

r Josh. IG.


iaAg. 1. 29.

II Or,


e Exod. 17

See ch. 15

7, a

h Gen. 25.


H Or, Did
you not
make a
readt drc.


about 1058.

i See

1 Chron.2.

i), 25.

k Judg. 1.

16. ■

t Heb.
to stink'

a ch. 29. 1.
about 1056.

b ch. 25. 1.

c rer. 9.
Exo(1.22. 18.
Lev. III. 31.
& 20. 27.
Deuu 18.10,

d Josh. 19.


2 Kings 4. 8.

e ch. 31. 1.

f Job 18. 11.

c ch. 14. 37.

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