24:1 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 b Engedi.
(b) A city of Judah, (Joshua
And the men of David said unto him, c
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.
(c) Here we see how ready we are to hasten
God's promise, if the occasion serve never so little.
24:5 And it came to pass afterward, that
David's heart d smote him, because he
had cut off Saul's skirt.
(d) For seeing it was his own private cause, he
repented that he had touched his enemy.
And David said to Saul, e Wherefore
hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
(e) Contrary to the report of those who said
David was Saul's enemy, he proves himself to be his friend.
And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto
Saul, that Saul said, f [Is] this thy
voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.
(f) Though he was a cruel enemy to David, yet by
his great gentleness his conscience compelled him to yield.
And now, behold, I g know well that thou
shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in
(g) Though this tyrant saw and confessed the
favour of God toward David, yet he did not cease to persecute him against his