1 Samuel 24:3

“And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee came to the sheepe coates by the way, where was a caue, and Saul went in to couer his feete: and Dauid and his men remained in the sides of the caue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there {was} a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet. Now David and his men were abiding in the innermost parts of the cave.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And on the way he came to a place where sheep were kept, where there was a hollow in the rock; and Saul went in for a private purpose. Now David and his men were in the deepest part of the hollow.
- Basic English Bible

And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet; and David and his men were abiding in the recesses of the cave.
- Darby Bible

And he came to the sheep-cotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
- Webster's Bible

He came to the sheep pens by the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were abiding in the innermost parts of the cave.
- World English Bible

and he cometh in unto folds of the flock, on the way, and there [is] a cave, and Saul goeth in to cover his feet; and David and his men in the sides of the cave are abiding.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(24:4) And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 24:3


24:3 Went in - To sleep there: Saul being a military man, used to sleep with his soldiers upon the ground. And it is not improbable, that being weary with his eager and almost incessant pursuit, first of David, then of the Philistines, and now of David again, he both needed and desired some sleep, God also disposing him thereto, that David might have this eminent occasion to demonstrate his integrity to Saul, and to all Israel. Of the cave - For that there were vast caves in those parts is affirmed, not only by Josephus, but also by Heathen authors; Strabo writes of one which could receive four thousand men.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 24

  • Anne
    David got the opportunity to prove to King Saul that he was not seeking to harm him as rumoured and a chance to minister to him the ways of God. David's attitude caused King Saul to become repentant and confirm him as the future king. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to kill Saul but it was not God's time or his way. David knew in his heart that this was not God's will neither his command.
  • BSP
    David had a chance to end the injustice that he faced, but he respected "the anointed of Jehovah" as verse 6 shows.
  • A disciple
    April; I like that! Well said! Also, in the context of how the Law reads, "eye for eye.." teaches us the fact that NOTHING is forgotten, overlooked or made light of by God. God made man in His own image, and what is done to that image is done to Him. In David's conscience toward God, he could never justify putting his hands on the LORD's Anointed, even when he was cruelly wronged without a cause.
  • April
    In the bible it was stated An eye for an eye,a tooth for a tooth,but here in this story,David knew of this to be an oppurtunity to give back what Saul was dishing out,but he had a choice and he chose NOT to kill Saul,we ALL have choices to do onto others as we want done unto thy self,even if God delivered him into his hands,was this a test perhasps?and how many times have we been tested?God BlessU
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    How great would it be for people of the world today to learn from David - not to repay evil with evil. We are reminded in 1 Peter 3: 9: "Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing"
  • Gary olsen
    david showed bravery and cunning stepping out of that cave. the words he chose made himself a hero before saul's army. to have him killed then would have brought saul much shame. there was nothing to stop saul from having his army kill david and his men. it would have been an easy kill because they had no way to escape. saul finally realized that david would be king.

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