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1 Samuel 26 - AMP

2 So Saul arose and went down to the Wilderness of Ziph, with 3,000 chosen men of Israel, to seek David . 3 Saul encamped on the hill of Hachilah, which is beside the road east of Jeshimon. But David remained in the wilderness. And when he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness, 4 David sent out spies and learned that Saul had actually come. 5 David arose and came to the place where Saul had encamped, and saw where Saul lay with Abner son of Ner, commander of his army; and Saul was lying in the encampment, with the army encamped around him. 6 Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai son of Zeruiah, brother of Joab, Who will go down with me into the camp of Saul? And Abishai said, I will go down with you. 7 So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there Saul lay sleeping within the encampment with his spear stuck in the ground at his head; and Abner and the army lay round about him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, God has given your enemy into your hands this day. Now therefore let me smite him to the earth at once with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice. 9 David said to Abishai, Do not destroy him; for who can raise his hand against the Lord's anointed and be guiltless? 10 David said, As the Lord lives, will smite him; or his day will come to die or he will go down in battle and perish. 11 The Lord forbid that I should raise my hand against the Lord's anointed; but take now the spear that is at his head and the bottle of water, and let us go. 12 So David took the spear and the bottle of water from Saul's head, and they got away. And no man saw or knew or wakened, for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them. 13 Then David went over to the other side and stood on the top of the mountain afar off, a great space being between them. 14 David called to the army and Abner son of Ner, Will you answer, Abner? Abner replied, Who are you, calling the king? 15 David said to Abner, Are you not a valiant man? Who is like you in Israel? Why then have you not guarded your lord the king? For one of the people came in to destroy the king your lord. 16 This thing is not good that you have done. As the Lord lives, you deserve to die, because you have not guarded your master, the Lord's anointed. And now see where the king's spear is and the bottle of water that was at his head. 17 And Saul knew David's voice and said, Is this your voice, my son David? And David said, My voice, my lord O king! 18 And David said, Why does my lord thus pursue his servant? What have I done? Or what evil is in my hand ? 19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the Lord has stirred you up against me, let Him accept an offering; but if it is men, may they be cursed before the Lord, for they have driven me out this day that I should have no share in the inheritance of the Lord, saying, Go, serve other gods. 20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth away from the presence of the Lord; for the king of Israel is come out to seek one flea, as when one hunts a partridge in the mountains. 21 Then said Saul, I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will no more do you harm, because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Behold, I have ``When for a moment a man is off guard, in all probability you will know more truth about him than in all his attempts either to reveal himself or to hide himself. The ever-present consciousness, habitually hidden, flashes forth. Later he may apologize and say he did not mean what he said. The fact is that he was surprised into saying what he was constantly thinking. In all probability Saul had never said that before and would never say it again, but he had been thinking it for a long time--`I played the fool.' There is no escape for any man, as long as reason continues, from the naked truth about himself. He may practice deceit so skillfully as not only to hide himself from his fellowmen, but in his unutterable folly to imagine he has hidden himself from God; but he can never hide himself from himself. In some moment of stress and strain he says what he has been thinking all the time.... Ere Saul knew it, he had said, `Behold, I have played the fool.' That is the whole story of the man" (G. Campbell Morgan, cited by J. Sidlow Baxter, Explore the Book).played the fool and have erred exceedingly. 22 David answered, See the king's spear! Let one of the young men come and get it. 23 The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not stretch forth my hand against the Lord's anointed. 24 And behold, as your life was precious today in my sight, so let my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation. 25 Then Saul said to David, May you be blessed, my son David; you will both do mightily and surely prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.

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Christian Cheong avatar
Loving Your Enemy
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Jun, 2016
Summary: Make choices that reflect God's will. Rely on the Holy Spirit's guidance. Trust God for the unknowns. Choose to let His love flows through us.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:1-25
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 457
Ian Humphrey avatar
"I have played the fool"
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: "I have played the fool"
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:13-25
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 286
Paul Clemente avatar
Dealing With Authorities
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Aug, 2015
Summary: How did David handle wicked King Saul?
Series: 1 Samuel
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:1-25
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 432
David Rigg avatar
A Lesson In Loving Our Enemies
Shared by: David Rigg on Jul, 2014
Summary: How do we react when someone turns out to be an enemy? David's treatment of King Saul gives us the answer.
David Rigg avatar
Are We Loving Our Enemies?
Shared by: David Rigg on Jun, 2014
Summary: This sermon shows us how David chose to love King Saul in spite of how Saul considered David his enemy.
Dennis Davidson avatar
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Jul, 2013
Summary: The significant part of a person's story is how God is able to work through events & experiences to accomplish His purpose in & for our lives. David chooses to extend the mercy & grace that he desires God to extend to him. This story should inspire us to
Series: David
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:9-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,116
William R. Nabaza avatar
GOD rewards
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jun, 2013
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Did you received GOD's Reward? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that GOD rewards us every now and then with his Faithfulness and Righteousness whenever He sees we need it thru CHRIST JESUS. IV. TEXT: 1 Samuel 2
Mick Williams avatar
God's Help May Be Hidden (1 Samuel 26:1-25)
Shared by: Mick Williams on Feb, 2013
Summary: God sometimes intervenes to prevent terrible events from taking place in our lives, as shown by His miraculous protection of King David in I Samuel 26.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:1-25
Views: 843
William R. Nabaza avatar
Worrying Worst Than Death
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Dec, 2012
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do you worry or do you pray? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To make it a habit to pray instead of worrying. IV. TEXT: 1 Samuel 26:24 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) Now may the Lord value my
Rick Boyne avatar
The Lord’s Anointed
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Oct, 2011
Summary: We must trust God to deal justly with other believers when they sin rather than taking retribution into our own hands.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 766
Jeremy Poling avatar
Trivial Pursuit
Shared by: Jeremy Poling on Apr, 2011
Summary: We must be careful to not allow small things to affect us greatly.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:18-21
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,348
Quint Pitts avatar
Pressure Treated Conscience
Shared by: Quint Pitts on Oct, 2009
Summary: A series on the life of David as God makes over his heart to become king. This sermon focuses on the development of David’s conscience.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:2-26:9
Denomination: *other
Views: 773
David Owens avatar
Better Than Revenge
Shared by: David Owens on Feb, 2009
Summary: In this lesson we see David put in two situations where he could enact revenge on Saul. In both cases he does not take matters into his own hands, but trusts in the Lord. We learn the lesson that we can experience something better than revenge.
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 24:1-26:25
Views: 6,745
Tim Huie avatar
Playing the Fool
Shared by: Tim Huie on Jan, 2009
Summary: Saul played the fool by 1)Ignoring godly counsel 2) Disobeying God 3) Giving into negative emotions
Series: David
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,231
Steve Ely avatar
Managing The Whisper
Shared by: Steve Ely on Oct, 2008
Summary: Parents, friends, classmates, soemone has asked you this question. It is the question that produces doubt, frustration, and sometimes even pain. “What are YOU good for?” These messages will help you discover, develop, and deploy your gfit!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:6-9
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 926
Carl Willis avatar
What Should I Do?
Shared by: Carl Willis on Feb, 2007
Summary: Many times we move ahead of God or fall behind Him, because we do not listen and follow accordingly. This message looks at David’s inquiry of God’s will for his actions.
T. Michael Crews avatar
When Trouble Does a Double Take
Shared by: T. Michael Crews on Dec, 2006
Summary: An Exposition of 1 Sam. 26
based on 13 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 10,098
Travis Johnson avatar
Shared by: Travis Johnson on Jan, 2006
Summary: This sermon examines the two Saul’s, King Saul & Saul, later Paul, the apostle, & their contrast of loyalty to God.
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:21
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 1,211
Jon MacKinney avatar
Shared by: Jon MacKinney on Aug, 2004
Summary: The man trying to kill him had lied to him, broken promises, take his wife and given her to another man. Didn’t he deserve to die?
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:1-25
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,038
Melvin Shelton avatar
Shared by: Melvin Shelton on Mar, 2004
Summary: I want to talk with you this morning about some of the fools of Sandy Ridge
based on 26 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:17-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,117
Stan Martin avatar
Loving Your Enemy
Shared by: Stan Martin on Aug, 2003
Summary: Lessons from David and Saul on some causes of hateful behavior and loving responses to unlovely actions.
based on 82 ratings
Views: 26,881
Duane Brown avatar
A Man Gone Wrong
Shared by: Duane Brown on Jun, 2003
Summary: The story of King Saul...wrong choices lead to a horrible statement "I have played the fool." Great challenge to men, especially at Fathers day
based on 18 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:21
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 1,909
Dennis Deese avatar
"Making The Right Choices"
Shared by: Dennis Deese on Aug, 2002
Summary: The choices we make can alter our life forever and set us on a course that may last a life time. Don’t misunderstand me! There are some small decisions that are very serious - usually the hasty decisions we make.
based on 76 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 15,961
Darin Gary avatar
Playing The Fool
Shared by: Darin Gary on Jul, 2002
Summary: Eternity, Decisions in this life
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:21
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 1,130
Ronald Hughes avatar
Biography of a Fool
Shared by: Ronald Hughes on Apr, 2002
Summary: When your bio is summed up in one sentence what will it be? Sauls was, "I have played the fool".
based on 41 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:21
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,923
Rick Gillespie- Mobley avatar
Let God Do It His Way
Shared by: Rick Gillespie- Mobley on Apr, 2001
Summary: This sermon looks at the life of David, and how he allowed God to handle the problem of Saul in his life.
based on 88 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 20,303