26:2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand a chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.
(a) That is, of the most skilful and valiant
Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the b
Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to c
Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I
will go down with thee.
(b) Who was a stranger, and not an Israelite.
(c) Who afterward was David's chief captain.
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 d
(d) Meaning, he would make him sure at one
26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him
not: for who can stretch forth his hand e
against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless?
(e) That is, in his own private cause: for Jehu
slew two kings at God's appointment, (2 Kings
And David said to Abner, [Art] not thou a [valiant] f
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.
(f) Esteemed most valiant and fit to save the
26:17 And Saul knew
David's voice, and said, [Is] this thy voice, g
my son David? And David said, [It is] my voice, my lord, O king.
(g) By this it appears, that the hypocrite
persecuted David against his own conscience and contrary to his promise.
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 h
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 i
(h) Let his anger toward us be pacified by a
(i) As much as lay in them, they compelled him to
idolatry because they forced him to flee to the idolaters.
26:21 Then said
Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm,
because my soul was k precious in thine
eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.
(k) Because you saved my life this day.
26:23 The LORD
render to every man his l 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.
(l) Thus he protests his innocency toward Saul,
not defending his justice in the sight of God, in whose presence none is
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 m
(m) To Gibeah of Benjamin.