1 Samuel 24: David Spares Saul


Saul follows David to the wilderness of Engedi. Saul wanders into a cave where David and his men are hiding. While Saul is asleep David cuts off the hem of Saul’s robes. His men tell him to kill Saul, but David refuses – because God doesn’t want him to.  When Saul wakes up and leaves, David follows him and tells him – I could have killed you, but I didn’t. Saul weeps and admits, he is evil and David is innocent and that eventually David will be king. Saul asks David to not destroy Saul’s house or his seed.

In other words:

Saul walks into a cave alone where David is hiding and David doesn’t kill him.

Favorite bit:

That Saul is alone and just wanders into a cave. Alone. Isn’t he the king of Israel?  Why on earth would he just walk into a cave. (1 Samuel 24:3)

2nd favorite bit:

This cave is in the Engedi wilderness on the rock of the wild goats near the sheepcotes. (1 Samuel 24:1,2)

What’s Noble:

That David, really didn’t want to kill the king who was trying to kill him.

Least favorite bit:

That David really didn’t want to kill the king. I understand it’s noble and all, but Saul is not a very good king and basically, he needs to go.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Don’t stoop to other people’s level (1 Samuel 24)