1 Samuel 26 ©
Saul, informed by the Ziphites of David's abode, cometh against him to Hachilah. David coming into the trench findeth Saul and his servants asleep; he stayeth Abishai from killing Saul, but taketh his spear and cruse. David reproveth Abner's negligence, protesteth his own innocency, and exhorteth Saul to desist from pursuing him. Saul acknowledgeth his sin, and returneth home.
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.
Then answered David and said to eAhimelech the Hittite, and to fAbishai gthe son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go hdown with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.
Then said Abishai to David, God hath 2delivered 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.
¶Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:
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?
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? qfor there came one of the people in to destroy the king thy lord.
This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the LORD liveth, ye are 3worthy 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.
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, tlet him 4accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, ucursed be they before the LORD; for vthey have driven me out this day from 5abiding in wthe inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.
And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it.