David refuses to attack Saul in the cave (1 Sam 24:1-24:7)

“When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told. ‘David is in the wilderness of En-gedi.’ Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel. He went to look for David and his men in the direction of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. He came to the sheepfolds by the road, where there was a cave. Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. The men of David said to him. ‘Here is the day of which Yahweh said to you. ‘I will give your enemy into your hand. You shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’ Then David went arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s cloak. Afterward David was stricken to the heart because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s cloak. He said to his men. ‘Yahweh forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, Yahweh’s anointed, to raise my hand against him. He is Yahweh’s anointed.’ So David scolded his men severely. He did not permit them to attack Saul. Saul rose up and left the cave, and went on his way.”

Saul returned from his battle with the Philistines. This time he took 3,000 soldiers and to go after David and his men. Along the way, he stopped in a cave to relieve himself. However, David and his men were hiding deeper in the cave. David secretly went over and cut the corner of Saul’s coat. However, he was sorry about this. He told his men that they should not hurt Yahweh’s anointed, King Saul. Thus David let Saul get away.

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