Chapter 24

We have hitherto had Saul seeking an opportunity to destroy David, and, to his shame, he could never find it. In this chapter David had a fair opportunity to destroy Saul, and, to his honour, he did not make use of it; and his sparing Saul’s life was as great an instance of God’s grace in him as the preserving of his own life was of God’s providence over him. Observe, I. How maliciously Saul sought David’s life, 1 Sam. 24:1, 2. II. How generously David saved Saul’s life (when he had him at an advantage) and only cut off the skirt of his robe, 1 Sam. 24:3-8. III. How pathetically he reasoned with Saul, upon this to bring him to a better temper towards him, 1 Sam. 24:9-15. IV. The good impression this made upon Saul for the present, 1 Sam. 24:16-22.