1 Some men from Ziph went to Saul at Gibeah and said, 'Look, David is hiding on the Hill of Hachilah on the edge of the wastelands!'
1Sam 23:19 Ps 54:1-7 1Sam 26:3 Josh 15:24 Josh 15:55
2 So Saul set off and went down to the desert of Ziph, accompanied by three thousand picked men of Israel, to search for David in the desert of Ziph.
1Sam 24:2 1Sam 13:2 1Sam 23:23-25 1Sam 24:17 Ps 38:12 Ps 140:4-9
3 Saul pitched camp on the Hill of Hachilah, which is on the edge of the wastelands near the road. David was then living in the desert and saw that Saul had come after him into the desert.
1Sam 23:19 1Sam 26:1
4 Accordingly, David sent out spies and learned that Saul had indeed arrived.
Josh 2:1 Matt 10:16
5 Setting off, David went to the place where Saul had pitched camp. He saw the place where Saul and Abner son of Ner, commander of his army, had bedded down. Saul had bedded down inside the camp with the troops bivouacking round him.
1Sam 17:55 1Sam 14:50-51 1Sam 17:20 1Chr 9:39 1Sam 9:1 2Sam 2:8-12 2Sam 3:7-8
6 Speaking to Ahimelech the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah and brother of Joab, David said, 'Who will come down with me to the camp, to Saul?' Abishai answered, 'I will go down with you.'
Judg 7:10-11 2Sam 2:18 1Chr 2:15-16 1Sam 14:6-7 2Sam 11:6 2Sam 11:21 2Sam 11:24
7 So in the dark David and Abishai made their way towards the force, where they found Saul lying asleep inside the camp, his spear stuck in the ground beside his head, with Abner and the troops lying round him.
8 Abishai then said to David, 'Today God has put your enemy in your power; so now let me pin him to the ground with his own spear. Just one stroke! I shall not need to strike him twice.'
1Sam 24:4 1Sam 26:23 1Sam 23:14 1Sam 24:18-19 Deut 32:30 Josh 21:44 Judg 1:4
9 David said to Abishai, 'Do not kill him, for who could raise his hand against Yahweh's anointed and go unpunished?
2Sam 1:14 2Sam 1:16 1Sam 24:6-7 Ps 105:15
10 As Yahweh lives,' David said, 'Yahweh himself will strike him down: either the day will come for him to die, or he will go into battle and perish then.
1Sam 25:38 Deut 31:14 Gen 47:29 1Sam 31:6 Ps 37:13 Rom 12:19 1Sam 25:26
11 Yahweh forbid that I should raise my hand against Yahweh's anointed! But now let us take the spear beside his head and the pitcher of water, and let us go away.'
1Sam 24:6 1Sam 24:12 2Sam 1:14 2Sam 1:16
12 David took the spear and the pitcher of water from beside Saul's head, and they made off. No one saw, no one knew, no one woke up; they were all asleep, because a torpor from Yahweh had fallen on them.
Gen 2:21 Gen 15:12 Isa 29:10 1Sam 24:4 1Sam 26:7 Esth 6:1
13 David crossed to the other side and halted on the top of the mountain a long way off; there was a wide space between them.
1Sam 24:8 Judg 9:7
14 David then called out to the troops and to Abner son of Ner, 'Abner, why don't you answer?' Abner replied, 'Who is that calling?'
15 David said to Abner, 'Are you not a man? Who is your equal in Israel? Why, then, did you not guard the king your lord? One of the people came to kill the king your lord.
16 What you did was not well done. As Yahweh lives, you all deserve to die since you did not guard your lord, Yahweh's anointed. Look where the king's spear is now, and the pitcher of water which was beside his head!'
1Sam 20:31 1Sam 26:11 1Sam 24:6 1Sam 26:9 2Sam 12:5 2Sam 19:28 Eph 2:3
17 Recognising David's voice, Saul said, 'Is that your voice, my son David?' David replied, 'It is my voice, my lord king.
1Sam 24:16 1Sam 24:8
18 Why is my lord pursuing his servant?' he said. 'What have I done? What crime have I committed?
1Sam 24:9 1Sam 24:11-14 1Sam 17:29 John 8:46 John 10:32 John 18:23 Ps 7:3-5
19 May my lord king now listen to his servant's words: if Yahweh has incited you against me, may he be appeased with an offering; but if human beings have done it, may they be accursed before Yahweh, since they have as effectively banished me today from sharing in Yahweh's heritage as if they had said, "Go and serve other gods!"
2Sam 14:16 2Sam 16:11 2Sam 20:19 Gen 8:21 Josh 22:25-27 1Chr 21:1 1Kgs 22:22
20 So I pray now that my blood shall not be shed on soil remote from Yahweh's presence, when the king of Israel has mounted an expedition to take my life, as one might hunt a partridge in the mountains!'
1Sam 24:14 1Sam 2:9 1Sam 25:29 Matt 26:47 Matt 26:55
21 Saul replied, 'I have done wrong! Come back, my son David; I shall never harm you again, since today you have shown respect for my life. Yes, I have behaved like a fool, I have been profoundly in the wrong.'
1Sam 15:24 1Sam 24:17 Exod 9:27 1Sam 15:30 Matt 27:4 1Sam 18:30 1Sam 26:24
22 In reply, David said, 'Here is the king's spear. Let one of the men come across and get it.
23 May Yahweh reward each as each has been upright and loyal. Today Yahweh put you in my power but I would not raise my hand against Yahweh's anointed.
1Kgs 8:32 1Sam 24:6-7 1Sam 26:9 1Sam 26:11 Neh 13:14 Ps 7:8-9 Ps 18:20-26
24 As today I set great value by your life, so may Yahweh set great value by my life and deliver me from every tribulation!'
2Cor 1:9-10 2Thess 3:2 Acts 14:22 Gen 48:16 Matt 5:7 Matt 7:2 Ps 18:1
25 Saul then said, 'May you be blessed, my son David! In what you undertake, you will certainly succeed.' David then went on his way and Saul returned home.
Prov 26:25 1Sam 24:19 1Sam 24:22 Gen 32:28 Num 24:9-10 Hos 12:4 Isa 54:17