1 Samuel 26
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1 Samuel 26
David Again Spares Saul`s Life...
And the Ziphites came to Sha`ul at Gib`ah, saying, `Is not Dawid hiding himself in the hill of Hakilah, overlooking the wasteland?`
And Sha'ul rose up and went down to the Wilderness of Ziph, and with him three thousand chosen men of Yisra'el, to seek Dawid in the Wilderness of Ziph.
And Sha'ul encamped in the hill of Hakilah, overlooking the wasteland, by the way, while Dawid was dwelling in the wilderness, and he saw that Sha'ul came after him into the wilderness.
And Dawid sent out spies, and learned that Sha'ul had indeed come.
And Dawid rose up and came to the place where Sha'ul had encamped. And Dawid saw the place where Sha'ul lay, and Abner son of Ner, the commander of his army. And Sha'ul was lying within the enclosure, with the people encamped all around him.
And Dawid spoke up and said to Ahimelek the Hittite and to Abishai son of Tseruyah, brother of Yo'ab, saying, 'Who does go down with me to Sha'ul in the camp?' And Abishai said, 'I, I go down with you.'
And Dawid and Abishai came to the people by night and saw Sha'ul lying asleep within the camp, with his spear stuck in the ground by his head, and Abner and the people lay all around him.
And Abishai said to Dawid, 'Elohim has surrendered your enemy into your hand this day. And now, please, let me smite him at once with the spear, right into the earth, and not a second time!'
But Dawid said to Abishai, 'Do not destroy him, for who shall stretch out his hand against the anointed of YHWH, and be guiltless?'
Dawid also said, 'As YHWH lives, except YHWH does smite him, or his day come that he shall die, or he shall go out to battle and perish,
far be it from me, by YHWH, that I stretch out my hand against the anointed of YHWH. And now, please take the spear and the jug of water that are by his head, and let us go.'
So Dawid took the spear and the jug of water by Sha'ul's head, and they went away. And no man saw it or knew it or awoke, for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from YHWH had fallen on them.
And Dawid passed over to the other side, and stood on the top of a hill far away, a great distance being between them.
And Dawid called out to the people and to Abner son of Ner, saying, 'Do you not answer, Abner?' And Abner answered and said, 'Who are you, calling out to the sovereign?'
And Dawid said to Abner, 'Are you not a man? And who is like you in Yisra'el? Why then have you not guarded your master the sovereign? For one of the people came in to destroy your master the sovereign.
'What you have done is not good. As YHWH lives, you are worthy to die, because you have not guarded your master, the anointed of YHWH. And now see where the sovereign's spear is, and the jug of water that was by his head.'
And Sha'ul recognised Dawid's voice, and said, 'Is that your voice, my son Dawid?' And Dawid said, 'It is my voice, my master, O sovereign.'
And he said, 'Why is this that my master is pursuing his servant? For what have I done, or what evil is in my hand?
'And now, please, let my master the sovereign hear the words of his servant: If YHWH has moved you against me, let Him accept an offering. But if it is the children of men, then they are cursed before YHWH, for they have driven me out today that I should not join myself to the inheritance of YHWH, saying, 'Go, serve other mighty ones.'
'And now, do not let my blood fall to the earth before the face of YHWH. For the sovereign of Yisra'el has come out to seek a flea, as when one hunts a partridge in the mountains.'
And Sha'ul said, 'I have sinned. Come back, my son Dawid. For no more am I going to do evil to you, because my life was precious in your eyes today. See, I have acted foolishly, and have greatly strayed.'
And Dawid answered and said, 'See, the sovereign's spear! And let one of the young men come over and get it.
'And let YHWH reward every man for his righteousness and his trustworthiness, for this day YHWH gave you into my hand, but I would not stretch out my hand against the anointed of YHWH.
'And see, as your life has been valued in my eyes today, so let my life be valued in the eyes of YHWH, and let Him deliver me out of all distress.'
And Sha'ul said to Dawid, 'Blessed are you, my son Dawid, achieving much, and indeed prevailing!' Then Dawid went on his way, and Sha'ul returned to his place.
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