1 Samuel Chapter 26 – Chronological

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1 Samuel 26

And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon?

Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.

And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.

David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him.

Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.

So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.

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 second time.

And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord‘s anointed, and be guiltless?

10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord‘s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them.

13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:

14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king?

15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant 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.

16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the Lord‘s anointed. And now see where the king’s spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster.

17 And Saul knew David’s voice, and said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king.

18 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand?

19 Now 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 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 other gods.

20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the Lord: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

22 And David answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it.

23 The Lord render to every man his 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.

24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

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 place.

63 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 26 – Chronological

  1. 5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him.

    6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.

    7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.

  2. 19 Now 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 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 other gods.

    20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the Lord: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

    21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

  3. This chapter in the MSG is captioned “Obsessed with a Single Flea”. Saul was so obsessed with trying to kill David that he spent everything, his time, his resources and simply lost his focus. David on the other hand was given the opportunity to retaliate; but, he didn’t. His respect for the anointed would not allow him to take his own vengeance. We cannot allow things, sinful obsessions, to distract us from the call of God on our lives. The Lord will take care of and remove those big obstacles that are causing you to lose focus on what matters.

    Psalm 31:14-16 NIV “But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.”

  4. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord‘s anointed, and be guiltless?

    10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

    11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord‘s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

    12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them.

    No matter the size of the enemy, God will take one or two that love him will be able to defeat a great army. Saul brought 3000 men with him searching for David in the wilderness. When David and Abishai came unto Saul, they did it without any of the soldiers even awaking to defend Saul. Abishai wanted to kill Saul with his own spear. But even through tribulation and the want to save his own life, David told Abishai that he would not raise his hand against the Lord’s anointed. God would defeat Saul by the hand of Saul’s enemies.

    One thing that I have learned living for God, and that is no matter how much the man of God hurts you, disappoints you, or even fails you, you do not raise a word or deed against the anointed of God. Taking part of overthrowing the anointed man of God will only bring you distress and agony from God. We must not speak bad of the man of God. We have to love him through his faults and failures. I have to be submitted to him even when I don’t agree 100% of the time. As long as my spirit is right then God will take care of me and my family. God will be a refuge in a time of trouble. We have to keep living for God when nothing else makes any sense. That is the only way we can live enough Jesus to be an examples to others to give Jesus.

  5. 24. Now may the Lord value my life, even as I have valued yours today. May he rescue me from all my troubles. NLT

    ALL Lives Matter
    David had the upper hand and could have chosen to kill any of them, from the king to a servant. Instead he chose to preserve all of their lives and leave them in God’s hands.

    Red and yellow
    Black and white
    They are precious
    In His sight…

  6. 1Sam: 26-12[ amp] So David took the spear and the bottle of water from Saul’s head, and they got away. And no man saw or knew or wakened, for they were all asleep, Becsuse a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them.
    David had a great opportunity to kill Saul, All because God anointing he didn’t laid a hand on him.
    Some times God will put us asleep to test us .
    Do we really believe!
    Do we really trust him!
    You can’t touch God’s annoithing!
    You can’t just talk the talk, We must walk the walk.
    There compares to Jesus!

  7. 2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.
    3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.

    There is a protection over your life. Another version of this story tells us that Saul chose 3000 elite soldiers to go with him. Elite being the best among many others, even with Saul, he was anointed as King still and 3000 men they were considered to be the elite, they still could not prevail against the one that God anointed. when there is a calling upon your life, they will be attacked and there will be trials to test your faith and your character, by holding fast to the gospel and having the faith that God is protecting you you will be able to move mountains to spite what comes against you.

  8. ““Don’t kill him!” David whispered back. “The Lord will punish anyone who kills his chosen king. As surely as the Lord lives, the Lord will kill Saul, or Saul will die a natural death or be killed in battle. But I pray that the Lord will keep me from harming his chosen king. Let’s grab his spear and his water jar and get out of here!””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:9-11‬ ‭CEV‬‬

    Saul could have been dead. David knew his place and respected Sauls position. Many times we want to take matters into our own hands, the best thing is to wait on the Lord.

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    Our hearts, our motives, our deep thoughts must be right at all times. The LORD JESUS will take care of you, just TRUST Him through this trial.

  9. “May the LORD repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the LORD’s anointed.”
    ‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭26:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/114/1sa.26.23.nkjv

    Once again David had an opportunity to end Saul’s life, but instead choose to walk away because Saul was the Lord’s anointed.

  10. And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him.

    6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.

    7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.

    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 second time.

  11. So In 1 Samuel Chapter 26 verses 5-8 we are talking about how David rised up to the place where Saul Ray the Captain was laying in the Trench and People Pitched about David then the People said to the Son of Zeruiah who will go with Saul to the Camp then David came to the People that were laying among Saul Lay Trench and His Spear was stuck in the bolster then Abishai said God will deliver in thine on this day
    so when we pray against thee we pray to the earth at once AMEN!!!

  12. iLove the Kingdom of Jesus

    1Sa 26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?

    It didn’t matter that Saul was wicked. It didn’t matter that Saul was chasing after David to kill him. It didn’t matter that God had put a deep sleep on Saul and it appeared that God approved of taking Saul out of his misery. It didn’t matter that one of Davids mighty man of valor was ready and prepared to immediately kill Saul. The only thing that mattered to David was to not touch the Lord’s anointed. David shows us integrity in his life that we all could learn from.

  13. 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 place.

    Wisdom and discipline at it’s finest. David knew better than to touch Saul’s life. When we act with wisdom and discipline, God’s favor will cover us. Ever heard of killing someone with kindness? Essentially David delivered the ultimate act of kindness by sparing Saul’s life yet again. Those who come against you will see God’s favor upon your life. Saul was right, David would do great things and he would prevail. Walk with wisdom and discipline and watch God’s favor reign over your life!

  14. 9 But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? 10 As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11 But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.” 12 So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the Lord had put them into a deep sleep.

    Davids time and opportunity but refused to allow himself or anyone else to take vengeance. David was more afraid of God than the one that was seeking to harm him. David was a very wise man. Two wrongs do not make a right we must learn from Davis actions to allow God to take vengeance and not allow ourselves to be driven by anger and do something that we will regret.

  15. 21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

    22 And David answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it.

    23 The Lord render to every man his 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.

    24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

    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 place.

    I have always wondered about this love, hate relationship between Saul and David. The one thing that I always admired was the respect that David had for his king and the fact that at one time he was an anointed man of God. I believe we all should respect our Pastor no matter what, never ever speak ill about him or his wife, God will punish such actions. If, big if, your pastor were to make a mistake just make an appointment and speak to him, he will treat you with love and respect as long as you do it also. If you were to be offended, instead of talking behind his back, be strong and speak to his face, you might even find out it was all a misunderstanding and God will take care of the rest. Pray for your pastor and his family also. He has the hardest job in the world to make sure that you and me get to Heaven!!! And with me that’s a full time job! Haha 😂 Saul is not emotionally stable today he loves David tomorrow only God knows. Saul already knows he lost his kingdom, he is king by name only for God had already removed His anointing from Saul and placed it on David but again the thing to be admired most is the respect that David treats Saul, no matter what Saul does David never loses respect for him. May the Love of Jesus be in our hearts and may we always treat each other with Love and respect in Jesus Name Amen 🙏🏻

  16. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord‘s anointed, and be guiltless?

    Too many people like to speak against who God has put in place. You must be very careful when talking about a servant of the Lord. If God put them in that position, it is not for us to question God’s choice. If he wanted someone else there at that time, then he would take care of that.

    Acts 10:15…..What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. You can’t treat who God has anointed just like any other person. When you talk against God’s anointed, you speak against God. When God anoints someone to do a work, they become an ambassador for him. Any attack on the ambassador is an attack against the one who sent them.

    Let’s be respectful of who God has already put in place. If someone starts to talk about your Pastor negatively, stop them, tell them you don’t want to hear that foolishness and walk away. If the pastor is doing something wrong, God will handle that. There is no need for us to spread discord in the church. God has always taken care of his business.

  17. I love the blog! Nobody should speak against the man of God because that’s God’s business, touch not my annointed he said in his word. We should also not speak against out fellow man, we should pray for them

  18. 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 second time. And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless? David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them.
    1 Samuel 26:8‭-‬12 KJV
    Even though Saul was up against David and wanted to kill him David still respected to anointed man that God place over them we might not agree or maybe we might not like how they do things we still must respect the anointed one that GoD have placed over us like here in the chapter GoD dealt with saul it’s not our right to deal with GoD anointed people GoD will take care of it

  19. 1Samuel 26
    8 “God has surely handed your enemy over to you this time!” Abishai whispered to David. “Let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t need to strike twice!”

    9 “No!” David said. “Don’t kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the Lord’s anointed one?

    David remained faithful even though his own life was at stake. Was this another test to see how faithful David was ?

    Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
    Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.
    Proverbs 3:3-4 | NIV

  20. Then Saul confessed, “I have sinned. Come back home, my son, and I will no longer try to harm you, for you valued my life today. I have been a fool and very, very wrong.”
    1 Samuel 26:21 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/1sa.26.21.NLT

    Fighting for our Repented Heart

    I am guilty of this as I know others are too. There are things that arise in our lives and our walk with God that rub against our sinful/carnal nature.
    So say I have a bad attitude towards my family and don’t treat them kindly. I know this is wrong. It breaks a major command of the Lord, “Love others as I have loved you.” So I pray and repent and ask God to help me. I feel good. I’m forgiven. But then we get home from church and kids are acting crazy and we need to eat and I need a nap and dogs are barking to be let outside….formula for a grumpy mom. And it rises up. The attitude, the same behavior. Then we’re back where we started.

    Same thing happens if we’ve repented from worldly temptations, overindulgence, immorality, pornography, cursing, anything. We have to guard ourselves and find ways to pray and deal with triggers when those rotations or behaviors start to arise. We can have faith that God will deliver us all day long but it takes action on our part. Stay away, resist the devil. If I was delivered from drugs then continued going into a drug house sooner or later I would be back in that bondage. We have to fight and protect our Repented heart.
    Saul was in rebellion so the Lord’s hand was not on him anymore. He was susceptible to every demonic attack. I don’t believe he had the tools he needed to truly protect his repented heart. But we do! And by the grace and mercy of God we can turn from things that are holding us back, we can arise from them, and we can grow in Christ!

  21. 9 “And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?

    11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

    23 The Lord render to every man his 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.”

    Thank you Lord for the anointed man that you have chosen to lead us.

    A.L.M.A.S.

    ‭‭

  22. 1Sa 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 place.

    David would not take advantage of his adversary, Saul. He would not retaliate nor avenge his wrongs. Opportunity for vengenance does not mean permission for vengeance. He had opportunity right before his eyes, but choose to allow God’s judgement instead executing his own. Calm thyself; God is working out the plan of thy life! In His own time, the best time, he will give thee thy heart’s desire!

    When David gave such unmistakable evidences of his loyalty, innocence and affection, Saul was overcome with emotion, and confessed that he had played the fool. The man who can watch with God and wait on God, reveals that he possesses spiritual strength and self discipline.

    We must not fret because of evil-doers; our trust is in the Lord; and we have confidence that nothing takes God by surprise. He sees the master plan, and can turn the hearts of men for His good. When we allow God to handle the vengeance it frees us follow God with all our heart, and not tarnish our testimony by seeking revenge.

  23. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord‘s anointed, and be guiltless?
    10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

    David has gained even more confidence in God to avenge him of his enemies after the dealings with Nabal. He has always known not to touch God’s anointed and here he prophesied that one way or another, the Lord will deal with Saul. Saul knows that David has done him right and even speaks
    “Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail.” Vs25
    I have heard pastors say to pray for them that the Lord be their help and if they have done anything wrong, the Lord will deal with them. It is not our place to judge period. God will raise up who he will and no matter what, we are all human and subject to mistakes! We have an awesome pastor. I have seen empty churches as we drive to church but at POFW we are having revival! Now we have curfews but our pastor is still leading the charge against the gates of hell and he needs our prayers daily!

  24. “Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother of Joab, “Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?” And Abishai said, “I will go down with you.””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    To the world, this act would seem like a death wish. Abishai told David he would go with him into Saul’s camp. The same Saul who has been trying to take David’s life, the same Saul who brought 3,000 men to hunt 1. But when we are submitted to the Lord and to leadership, there is nothing for us to fear. Our God is greater, stronger, and higher than any other. His Word says He will never forsake His saints. So don’t be afraid to walk in to what seems to be a lion’s den, but make sure you are covered by being submitted to God and to those who are charged with looking after your soul.

    I thank God He would be our strength and courage and still fight the battle for us. I pray we go in His boldness, fearing no one but God.

  25. 11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

    12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them.

    Removing temptation….
    David couldn’t kill Saul and he didn’t want anyone else to either. He removed the object that gave the opportunity. Saul was not the best guy and he wasn’t the most liked but
    he was still anointed. His death or killing would set in deep conviction in the man whome did it. Davids relationship with God did not allow him to kill Saul but the temptation was still there because of easy access to a weapon.

    In life we are faced with temptation and a strong relationship with God would make it easier to refuse or ignor these temptations. But what happens when you keep these things around its a constant reminder. God sheds our flesh as we go deeper spiritually. Why wouldn’t we shed these things as well “out of sight out of mind”. David removed the spear and in doing so he removed the temptation. We too should remove our spears.

  26. LIVE – GIVE JESUS
    THE FAVOR OF GOD

    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 second time.
    9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord‘s anointed, and be guiltless?
    10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.
    11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord‘s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.
    12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them.

    This exchange brings to my mind THE FAVOR OF GOD. THE FAVOR OF GOD is best revealed in the midst or process of great risk.

    1. Why did David choose to go down to Saul in the camp? This in itself was a HIGH risk. What was his plan? What was he trying to prove? What did he expect to happen? Often the actions of men make no sense. I struggle to find the value or spoil in this decision to go risk his life and the life of his servant.

    2. THE FAVOR OF GOD on David is revealed to us but not to David. Verse 12 reveals the a DEEP SLEEP from the Lord was on them. What appeared to be a suicide mission became a mercy mission.

    3. THE FAVOR OF GOD was on Saul in that Mercy filled Davids heart to spare Saul.

    We may never see or know THE FAVOR OF GOD on our lives, but if we will move in FAITH and operate in MERCY we will witness THE FAVOR OF GOD in every opportunity.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iLive
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  27. 1 Samuel 26:9 – 10; 21 –

    9. 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 second time.

    10. David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

    11. The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

    21. Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

    22. And David answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it.

    23. The LORD render to every man his 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.

    24. And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

    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 place.

    David could have taken Saul‘s life but he chose to keep his hands off God’s anointed. We should never act out in haste when someone has set out to harm us.

    “God knows what’s best for me, although I cannot see
    My God is so good to me… I can’t complain”

  28. “So David arose and came to the place where Saul had encamped. And David saw the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the commander of his army. Now Saul lay within the camp, with the people encamped all around him. Then David answered, and said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother of Joab, saying, “Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?” And Abishai said, “I will go down with you.” So David and Abishai came to the people by night; and there Saul lay sleeping within the camp, with his spear stuck in the ground by his head. And Abner and the people lay all around him. Then Abishai said to David, “God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day. Now therefore, please, let me strike him at once with the spear, right to the earth; and I will not have to strike him a second time!””
    ‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭26:5-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    So David arose means that David himself went. He could send any of his 600 men to do this job, and from a military sense it made more sense to send someone else. Why should David go on such a dangerous mission? The fact that David did this shows his boldness and courage; the outcome of it all shows God was leading him in it.

  29. “David said, “You’re a man, aren’t you? And who is like you in Israel? Why didn’t you guard your lord the king? Someone came to destroy your lord the king. What you have done is not good. As surely as the Lord lives, you and your men must die, because you did not guard your master, the Lord’s anointed. Look around you. Where are the king’s spear and water jug that were near his head?””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:15-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    It is our responsibility as saints to protect the man of God that has been placed in our life. We’re not here to cause him harm, or bring him down, but to protect him from those who mean evil towards him. Do not let your guard down, down get to comfy and sleep on the job but be vigilant every hour of the day.

  30. 7 So David and Abishai went right into Saul’s camp and found him asleep, with his spear stuck in the ground beside his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying asleep around him.

    Saul never felt anyone coming close to him, he was fully asleep. At times, we too are asleep with God. We don’t see our enemy coming, and he is right next to you. By God’s grace, you are protected from your enemy. Don’t fall a sleep on God, but open your eyes and ears. Praise and worship God at all times.

  31. 1 Samuel 26:2 & 23-24 (VOICE)
    2) Saul again gathered 3,000 seasoned Isrealite soldiers, and went down to the
    wilderness of Ziph to find David.

    23) The Eternal One rewards those who are faithful and righteous, for He gave you into my power today, and I chose not to harm His anointed king.
    24) As I treated your life as precious, may He regard my life, rescuing me from all troubles.

    When we feel like the enemy is pursuing us, if we will stay faithful to God and do what is right, He will rescue and deliver us from all our troubles.
    Psalms 34:15 & 17 says,
    15) The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
    17) The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

  32. 19 Now 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 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 other gods.

    He wanted a king to hear his servant

  33. 1 Samuel 26:9-12
    “David respondió a Abisai: No le mates; porque ¿quién extenderá su mano contra el ungido de Jehová, y será inocente? Dijo además David: Vive Jehová, que si Jehová no lo hiriere, o su día llegue para que muera, o descendiendo en batalla perezca, guárdeme Jehová de extender mi mano contra el ungido de Jehová. Pero toma ahora la lanza que está a su cabecera, y la vasija de agua, y vámonos. Se llevó, pues, David la lanza y la vasija de agua de la cabecera de Saúl, y se fueron; y no hubo nadie que viese, ni entendiese, ni velase, pues todos dormían; porque un profundo sueño enviado de Jehová había caído sobre ellos”

    * “No le mates; porque ¿quién extenderá su mano contra el ungido de Jehová, y será inocente?”
    No era que David pensara que Saúl estaba bien. David sabía mejor que nadie que Saúl estaba hundido profundamente en pecado. Pero David sabia que incluso un Saúl pecador seguía siendo el rey ungido sobre Israel . Eso sólo cambiaría hasta que Dios lo cambiase; David no extendería su mano contra el ungido de Jehová.

    * Podríamos pensar que David tenía más razones que nunca para matar a Saúl. Ahora, Saúl se había retractado de la promesa anterior de dejar en paz a David. En la posición de David muchos hubieran dicho, “Le mostré amor y lo deje ir antes. Estoy lleno de amor, pero no soy tonto. Saúl tuvo su oportunidad y la arruinó.”

    * “Si Jehová no lo hiriere, o su día llegue para que muera, o descendiendo en batalla perezca” :
    David sabía que no era “difícil” para Dios matar a Saúl. Jehová era más que capaz de matar a Saúl en cualquier momento. Cada respiro que Saúl daba era un regalo de Dios. Dios podía permitirse matar a un hombre malvado como Saúl en cualquier momento. Cuando se trataba de herir a un ungido rey de Israel, Dios no necesitaba los servicios de un hombre consagrado y justo como David.

    * “Mía es la venganza, yo pagaré,” dice el Señor .
    Si la venganza pertenece a Dios, no nos pertenece a nosotros, así que debemos amar a nuestros enemigos y nunca pagarles con mal.

  34. I learned that even though David had a chance to kill Saul he didn’t even though Saul was trying to kill him and that takes a lot of faith in Jesus to bring you through A battle

  35. 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 second time.

    God can and will take care of anything, if we just take our troubles to him and let him take control we will be amazed at what will happen and what god can do in our live.

  36. 1 Samuel 26
    David spares Saul’s life. The Lord had delivered Saul into Davids hands but David said he would not touch one of the Lords anointed. The Lord had put Saul into a deep sleep and David took his spear. Saul realized that David could have killed him but didn’t. Saul then told David to be blessed and he knew David would do great things.

    Be one with God and He will bless you. We can all have turmoil and turn on others, but do what God wants us to do and our lives will ultimately turn out better in many ways.

  37. “But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! No one can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed king and not be guilty. You can be sure that the Lord lives,” he said. “And you can be just as sure that the Lord himself will strike Saul down. Perhaps he’ll die a natural death. Or perhaps he’ll go into battle and be killed. May the Lord keep me from laying a hand on his anointed king. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head. Then let’s leave.””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:9-11‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    This chapter has helped me in so many different occasions especially when giving someone encouragement. The leadership you might be under maybe unfair, unbearable or wick but it doesn’t give you a good enough reason to take matters into your own hands. Don’t do anything in anger because you will regret it. No matter what type of leader you might be under he is still God’s anointed and appointed. Submit to authority and you will have authority and respect.

  38. ““No!” David said. “Don’t kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the Lord’s anointed one? Surely the Lord will strike Saul down someday, or he will die of old age or in battle. The Lord forbid that I should kill the one he has anointed! But take his spear and that jug of water beside his head, and then let’s get out of here!” So David took the spear and jug of water that were near Saul’s head. Then he and Abishai got away without anyone seeing them or even waking up, because the Lord had put Saul’s men into a deep sleep.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:9-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    It wasn’t that David thought Saul was right. David knew more than anyone that Saul was deeply in sin. But David knew that even a sinning Saul was still the anointed king over Israel (1 Samuel 10:1). That would only change when God changed it; David would not stretch out his hand against the LORD’s anointed.

  39. 24 As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.” NIV

    The Holy Spirit helps keep us out of trouble, though we are human, we still sin, but that’s what’s pulling at us when we do sin, the Holy Ghost is what convicts us, that’s why we must repent daily.

  40. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord‘s anointed, and be guiltless?
    10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.
    11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord‘s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

    David relies completely on the Lord’s will. Although David was presented with the opportunity to defeat Saul once and for all, he laid it to the Lord. We too shall follow this example: to not bring vengeance or destruction to the Lord’s anointed one. Let the Lord take control of it for you. Greater Is He! His plans are greater than ours. Rely today and always on the Lord and you shall see wonders, miracles and signs!

  41. “David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    David knew that it wasn’t hard for God to kill Saul. The LORD was more than able to kill Saul at any time. Every breath Saul took was a gift from God. God could allow a wicked man to kill Saul at any time. When it came to striking down an anointed king of Israel, God did not need the services of a godly, righteous man like David. Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord (Romans 12:17-21). If vengeance belongs to God, it does not belong to us, so we are to love our enemies and never repay evil with evil.

  42. The comfort that God gives to mankind is evident throughout the entire Bible. When David fled from Saul for his life, he experienced the comfort and protection of God firsthand.
    The Holy Ghost is our comforter.

  43. Now 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 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 other gods.

    20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the Lord: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

    21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

  44. 21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

    “Then Saul confessed, “I have sinned. Come back home, my son, and I will no longer try to harm you, for you valued my life today. I have been a fool and very, very wrong.””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    “I have been a fool”

    Saul failed to surrender his life completely to God. He was ruled by flesh rather than spirit.

    One who does not fully submit his life to God; will always play the fool.

  45. “The Lord gives his own reward for doing good and for being loyal, and I refused to kill you even when the Lord placed you in my power, for you are the Lord’s anointed one.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    This Scripture means that, The Lord gives rewards for being loyal to The Lord. And He was testing David to see If He would obey The Lord.

  46. I’m not really sure why I this reminds me of the book of Job; Job 1:8-9 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? [9] Then Satan answered the Lord , and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

    1 Samuel 26:4 KJV
    [4] David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

    1 Samuel 26:9 KJV
    [9] And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?

    Job 1:10 KJV
    [10] Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

  47. But David said to Abishai, ‘Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?’ David said furthermore, ‘As the LORD lives, the LORD shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish. The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. 1 Samuel 26:9–11

    Here David expresses so gracefully that judgment belongs to the Lord, and not to him. He came to understand that God would decide when, where, and how Saul would perish, not him. When we allow the spirit of anger or revenge to consume our hearts, we allow ourselves to become enslaved.

    Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Rom. 12:17–19

  48. 23 The Lord render to every man his 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.
    24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

    Those who are loyal and obey and listen to the commandments of the Lord receive many beautiful miracles and rewards from the Lord God. God saves each and every one of us from our troubles and every sin we have committed, because we are human we will make mistakes and we will sin, everyone will do, but that is why it is important everyday praying to the Lord asking for forgiveness of the sins that we have done or did.

  49. 18 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand?
    19 Now 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 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 other gods.
    20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the Lord: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

    David had the opportunity to kill soul but he didn’t. The Lord tested him to see if he will kill soul and see if he would forgive soul.

  50. But now let my Lord the king listen to his servant. If the Lord has stirred you up against me, then let him accept my offering. But if this is simply a human scheme, then may those involved be cursed by the Lord . For they have driven me from my home, so I can no longer live among the Lord ’s people, and they have said, ‘Go, worship pagan gods.’
    1 Samuel 26:19 NLT

    There comes a time in life where you got to ask yourself, is what I am about to do come from God or is it just my human intellectual that is speaking.
    It is important to know his voice in order to make the right decision. When we make our own decisions based on our intellect it can get us into trouble. Hearing His voice and knowing to listen to it will always pit us in a good spot.

  51. 1Sa 26:23  The LORD render to every man his 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.

    Don’t ever come against the anointed or the man of God. You better be ready for a world of trouble if you do. You ever get upset when people mess with your things. Well this is the same concept, but these are Gods things who and what he specifically chooses to use. There’s a divine purpose for each and Gods not gonna like it if you start tampering with em.

  52. 19-20 Oh, my master, my king, listen to this from your servant: If God has stirred you up against me, then I gladly offer my life as a sacrifice. But if it’s men who have done it, let them be banished from God’s presence! They’ve expelled me from my rightful place in God ’s heritage, sneering, ‘Out of here! Go get a job with some other god!’ But you’re not getting rid of me that easily; you’ll not separate me from God in life or death. The absurdity! The king of Israel obsessed with a single flea! Hunting me down—a mere partridge—out in the hills!”

    Submit yourself to Gods will. Let no thing and nobody come between your relationship with Jesus and what he has planned for you. A relationship with Him allows us to see which battles to fight and those that are already won.

  53. 10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

    11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord‘s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

    12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lordwas fallen upon them.

    Mercy…
    One of the attributes of Jesus was that he had compassion, or mercy if we could put it that way. What would happen if we like David have the opportunity to take revenge on our adversaries? When the hand of the Lord had placed them before you as we see in this case. And it was the Lord himself that caused a deep sleep to fall on them. So, in essence it was the Lord that had delivered David’s enemy into his hands. Yet I think the purpose was a deeper one. A test of the character and integrity of David. How will he react given this opportunity? What would he do for his adversary? He could have killed him. But would it have been a fair fight? Nonetheless, the chose the fairest of the them to walk away and give it into the hands of God. And the Lord surely took care of it later on.

  54. New Living Translation

    And Saul said to David, “Blessings on you, my son David. You will do many heroic deeds, and you will surely succeed.” Then David went away, and Saul returned home.

    Saul finally recognize his mistake and Blessed David, because he knew David would succeed. Eventually, He will rule Israel.

  55. Let God be God

    “David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    David teaches a very valuable lesson here. He knows Gods heart. The word said he was a man after Gods own heart. He knows vengeance is mine sayers the Lord. David knows that if let’s God be God then he will do justly on his behalf. There is no reason to go after your enemy of you are truly a child of God. He will protect you and he will defend you and he will have vengeance upon those who hurt his children. It would be better if a milestone was tied around his neck and cast to the bottom of the sea. There is no vengeance or retribution like that of Gods. Let him fight our battles and we will always win.

  56. 23 The Lord render to every man his 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.

    We should all be like this.

  57. 14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king?
    15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant 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.
    16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the Lord‘s anointed. And now see where the king’s spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster.

    We read as David cries out to King Saul and the group of people he is with. Mainly crying out to Abner and calling him out by asking why he has not protected God’s anointed. “As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the Lord‘s anointed.” We are to protect our selves and those that God has anointed and put in position in our lives. Some anointed may be lead away from their ministry or what they were made for but that does not negate the fact that they are still anointed.

    23 The Lord render to every man his 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.

    Some anointed may be lead away from their ministry or what they were made for but that does not negate the fact that they are still anointed. David realizes this and that is why he does not touch Saul or do anything to harm him. It is also why he says, “. . . I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord‘s anointed.” In Psalms 105:15 it reads, “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.”

  58. 23 The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord ’s anointed.

    24 As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”

    1 Samuel 26:23‭-‬24 NIV
    https://bible.com/bible/111/1sa.26.23-24.NIV

    God rewards us for everything we do. When it’s time for Him to get His children there will be a gift waiting for us in heaven everything we do for Him will all be worth it!

    LIVE GIVE JESUS!

  59. “The Lord gives his own reward for doing good and for being loyal, and I refused to kill you even when the Lord placed you in my power, for you are the Lord’s anointed one.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Some of us are able to go with the flow, and others are more independent and would rather feel in charge.

    As leaders, we typically side the latter. Being in charge is what’s natural to most leaders. Good natural born leaders.

    However, when being submitted to God, we choose to give up our independence for His Will, and in return we blessed abundantly.

    True submission begins with agreement ends. We read in this chapter that David had the opportunity, but submitted.

    Through our lives I pray we make the same choice!
    Not our will but Yours!

  60. “The LORD will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD handed you over to me today, but I refused to put out my hand against the LORD ’ S anointed.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:23‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    Submission & obedience!! If we do unto god as he commands us we will reap his benefits. It may get hard at times but we must remember to hold on strong. Obedience is better than sacrifice!

  61. “So Saul took 3,000 of Israel’s elite troops and went to hunt him down in the wilderness of Ziph.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    Reading this passage twice I was looking for the root story something I didn’t see already. This scripture came to mind again and again.
    Such rage did Saul have in his heart to raise arms again for the next king. He hated him, knowing that David would and will do better and greater things then he.

    Bro. Cunningham in his message on Friday night with the youth of the UPCI @ NAYC. He talked about generation Z. And he said a statement that suck to the wall of my heart.

    Something like this :

    “If you don’t believe that the next generation is the greatest generation, then you are blinded – and you’ll never be a good leader. “

    Leaders believe in your kids. Believe in your people. Train them. Help them. Show them. Make them better then you’ll ever be.

  62. “David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    God will take care of the things that worry us. When we take matters into our own hands we try to be God. We have to allow God to be God.

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