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1 Samuel 26 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:1 - Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding on the hill of Hachilah, which is before [fn]Jeshimon?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:2 - So Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having with him three thousand chosen men of Israel, to search for David in the wilderness of Ziph.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:3 - Saul camped in the hill of Hachilah, which is before [fn]Jeshimon, beside the road, and David was staying in the wilderness. When he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness,

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:4 - David sent out spies, and he knew that Saul was definitely coming.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:5 - David then arose and came to the place where Saul had camped. And David saw the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the commander of his army; and Saul was lying in the circle of the camp, and the people were camped around him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:6 - Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, saying, “Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?” And Abishai said, “I will go down with you.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:7 - So David and Abishai came to the people by night, and behold, Saul lay sleeping inside the circle of the camp with his spear stuck in the ground at his head; and Abner and the people were lying around him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:8 - Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hand; now therefore, please let me strike him with the spear [fn]to the ground with one stroke, and I will not [fn]strike him the second time.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:9 - But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can stretch out his hand against the LORDS anointed and be without guilt?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:10 - David also said, “As the LORD lives, surely the LORD will strike him, or his day will come that he dies, or he will go down into battle and perish.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:11 - “The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORDS anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water, and let us go.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:12 - So David took the spear and the jug of water from beside Saul’s head, and they went away, but no one saw or knew it, nor did any awake, for they were all asleep, because a sound sleep from the LORD had fallen on them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:13 - Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the mountain at a distance with a large area between them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:14 - David called to the people and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, “Will you not answer, Abner?” Then Abner replied, “Who are you who calls to the king?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:15 - So David said to Abner, “Are you not a man? And who is like you in Israel? Why then have you not guarded your lord the king? For one of the people came to destroy the king your lord.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:16 - “This thing that you have done is not good. As the LORD lives, all of you [fn]must surely die, because you did not guard your lord, the LORDS anointed. And now, see where the king’s spear is and the jug of water that was at his head.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:17 - Then Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” And David said, “It is my voice, my lord the king.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:18 - He also said, “Why then is my lord pursuing his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:19 - “Now therefore, please let my lord the king listen to the words of his servant. If the LORD has stirred you up against me, let Him [fn]accept an offering; but if it is [fn]men, cursed are they before the LORD, for they have driven me out today so that I would have no attachment with the inheritance of the LORD, saying, ‘Go, serve other gods.’

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:20 - “Now then, do not let my blood fall to the ground away from the presence of the LORD; for the king of Israel has come out to search for a single flea, just as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:21 - Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life was precious in your sight this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have committed a serious error.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:22 - David replied, “Behold the spear of the king! Now let one of the young men come over and take it.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:23 - “The LORD will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you into my hand today, but I refused to stretch out my hand against the LORDS anointed.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:24 - “Now behold, as your life was highly valued in my sight this day, so may my life be highly valued in the sight of the LORD, and may He deliver me from all distress.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 26:25 - Then Saul said to David, “Blessed are you, my son David; you will both accomplish much and surely prevail.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.
NASB Footnotes
Or, the desert
Or, the desert
Literally: even into
Literally: repeat with respect to him
Literally: are surely sons of death
Literally: smell
Literally: sons of men

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