And Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah. So Saul said, “God has delivered him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars.”

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(A)Then the men of David said to him, “This is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it seems good to you.’ ” And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. Now it happened afterward that (B)David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. And he said to his men, (C)“The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.”

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10 For my enemies speak against me;
And those who lie in wait for my life (A)take counsel together,
11 Saying, “God has forsaken him;
Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.

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(A)That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a (B)moment?

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Then Abishai said to David, (A)“God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day. Now therefore, please, let me strike him [a]at once with the spear, right to the earth; and I will not have to strike him a second time!”

But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; (B)for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 26:8 Or one time

David in Wilderness Strongholds

14 And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness, and remained in (A)the mountains in the Wilderness of (B)Ziph. Saul (C)sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.

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When the Gazites were told, “Samson has come here!” they (A)surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.” And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.

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(A)The enemy said, ‘I will pursue,
I will overtake,
I will (B)divide the spoil;
My desire shall be satisfied on them.
I will draw my sword,
My hand shall destroy them.’

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For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, (A)‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.’

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43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will (A)build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 (B)and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and (C)they will not leave in you one stone upon another, (D)because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

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