1 Samuel 18:12
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New International Version
Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had departed from Saul.

New Living Translation
Saul was then afraid of David, for the LORD was with David and had turned away from Saul.

English Standard Version
Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.

New American Standard Bible
Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.

King James Bible
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

Christian Standard Bible
Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul.

Contemporary English Version
Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was helping David and was no longer helping him.

Good News Translation
Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with David but had abandoned him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul.

International Standard Version
Now Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him and had departed from Saul.

NET Bible
So Saul feared David, because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.

New Heart English Bible
Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

New American Standard 1977
Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him and had departed from Saul.

King James 2000 Bible
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

American King James Version
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

American Standard Version
And Saul was afraid of David, because Jehovah was with him, and was departed from Saul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul feared David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from himself.

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul was afraid of David, because Jehovah was with him, and had departed from Saul.

English Revised Version
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and had departed from Saul.

World English Bible
Saul was afraid of David, because Yahweh was with him, and was departed from Saul.

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul is afraid of the presence of David, for Jehovah hath been with him, and from Saul He hath turned aside;
Study Bible
Saul Envies David
11Saul hurled the spear for he thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David escaped from his presence twice. 12Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. 13Therefore Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:14
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.

1 Samuel 16:18
Then one of the young men said, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the LORD is with him."

1 Samuel 18:15
When Saul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him.

1 Samuel 18:29
then Saul was even more afraid of David. Thus Saul was David's enemy continually.

1 Samuel 20:13
"If it please my father to do you harm, may the LORD do so to Jonathan and more also, if I do not make it known to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. And may the LORD be with you as He has been with my father.

1 Samuel 28:15
Then Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" And Saul answered, "I am greatly distressed; for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has departed from me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or by dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do."
Treasury of Scripture

And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

afraid

1 Samuel 18:15,20,29 Why when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him…

1 Samuel 16:4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spoke, and came to Bethlehem. …

Psalm 48:3-6 God is known in her palaces for a refuge…

Psalm 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God has scattered …

Mark 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, …

Luke 8:37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about …

Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to …

the Lord

1 Samuel 16:13,18 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the middle …

1 Samuel 22:13 And Saul said to him, Why have you conspired against me, you and …

Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but …

departed

1 Samuel 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit …

1 Samuel 28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why have you disquieted me, to bring me …

Psalm 51:11 Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy spirit from me.

Hosea 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that …

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

(12) And Saul was afraid of David.--Even after the scenes in the royal chamber just related, David remained at Court. He looked on such manifestations of bitter hatred as simple outbursts of a temporary insanity. His loyal nature would not believe in the enduring hate of one so great and noble as Saul; but we read here that even when the king recovered from the paroxysm, he feared David. Saul was conscious that his old vigour and ability were deserting him, and in David he recognised the presence of a power he knew had once been his. Not being able, even in his sane hours, to endure the presence of one whom he too surely felt would sooner or later take his place, the king dismissed him honourably from the Court, and invested him with an important military charge. Perhaps already the dark thought which some time later (see 1Samuel 18:17; 1Samuel 18:25) influenced the king had entered into his unhappy mind.

Verses 12-16. - Saul was afraid of David. new feeling. To his jealousy succeeded a sense of powerlessness, as knowing that a higher power was with David, while he had lost the Divine protection. This miserable feeling grew upon the unhappy king, till before the battle of Gilboa we find him with all his old heroic spirit gone, a miserable wreck, seeking for comfort at the hands of a woman of the most worthless kind (1 Samuel 28:5, 7, 20). In this despondent state of mind he dismisses David from attendance upon him, but in an honourable manner, giving him the command of a thousand men, at the head of whom he went out and came in before the people, i.e. in a public capacity, as an officer of state. As Saul seems entirely to have neglected the internal administration of the kingdom, this would refer to military expeditions (see on ver. 5); and in these David behaved himself wisely. Rather, "prospered" (see on ver. 5). His great success only increased Saul's fears; but both Israel and Judah loved David, now that in this higher command they had full opportunities for judging of his high qualities. Thus again his removal from his place in Saul's bodyguard only served to make him better known. The separate mention of Israel and Judah is an indication of the Books of Samuel having been written at a post-Solomonic date, though the distinction was a very old one (see on 1 Samuel 11:8). SAUL, UNDER PRETENCE OF A MARRIAGE WITH HIS DAUGHTER, PLOTS DAVID'S DEATH (vers. 17-30). And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him,.... Protecting and preserving him, prospering and succeeding him, giving him victory over his enemies, and favour among the people; the Targum is,"the Word of the Lord was for his help.''Procopius Gazaeus interprets it of the Holy Ghost, whose grace was vouchsafed unto him: he might be afraid in his melancholy fits, that as he had attempted to take away the life of David, that David would contrive and seek an opportunity, and take away his life, and seize the kingdom which God had given him, and his being with him strengthened these fears:

and was departed from Saul; so that he was destitute of courage, and greatness of mind, and of wisdom and prudence, and became mean and abject, and exposed himself to the contempt of his subjects. 18:12-30 For a long time David was kept in continual apprehension of falling by the hand of Saul, yet he persevered in meek and respectful behaviour towards his persecutor. How uncommon is such prudence and discretion, especially under insults and provocations! Let us inquire if we imitate this part of the exemplary character before us. Are we behaving wisely in all our ways? Is there no sinful omission, no rashness of spirit, nothing wrong in our conduct? Opposition and perverseness in others, will not excuse wrong tempers in us, but should increase our care, and attention to the duties of our station. Consider Him that endured contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be weary and faint in your minds, Heb 12:3. If David magnified the honour of being son-in-law to king Saul, how should we magnify the honour of being sons to the King of kings!
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