1 Samuel 24:5

“And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe afterward, that Dauids heart smote him, because he had cut off Sauls skirt.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

It came about afterward that David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul's {robe.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And later, David was full of regret for cutting off Saul's skirt.
- Basic English Bible

And it came to pass afterwards that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
- Darby Bible

And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
- Webster's Bible

It happened afterward, that David's heart struck him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
- World English Bible

And it cometh to pass afterwards that the heart of David smiteth him, because that he hath cut off the skirt which [is] on Saul,
- Youngs Literal Bible

(24:6) And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

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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