1 Samuel 24:5
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New International Version
Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.

New Living Translation
But then David's conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul's robe.

English Standard Version
And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

New American Standard Bible
It came about afterward that David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul's robe.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Afterward, David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the corner of Saul's robe.

International Standard Version
Afterwards, David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the corner of Saul's robe.

NET Bible
Afterward David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off an edge of Saul's robe.

New Heart English Bible
It happened afterward, that David's heart struck him, because he had cut off an edge of Saul's robe.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But afterward, David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the border of Saul's robe.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

New American Standard 1977
And it came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass afterward that David's heart smote him because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart troubled him, because he had cut off Saul's robe.

American King James Version
And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
After which David's heart struck him, because he had cut off the hem of Saul's robe.

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

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
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,
Study Bible
David Spares Saul
4The men of David said to him, "Behold, this is the day of which the LORD said to you, 'Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.'" Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul's robe secretly. 5It came about afterward that David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul's robe. 6So he said to his men, "Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD'S anointed."…
Cross References
2 Samuel 24:10
Now David's heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly."

2 Kings 22:19
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD.
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And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

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(5) David's heart smote him.--Not for what he had done to Saul, but his conscience smote him for the momentary thought that had stained his soul of slaying the Lord's Anointed. This is better than with Clericus to say, "David was afraid that Saul would take this, though a clear sign of his [David's] magnanimity, in bad part, and regard it as a violation of his royal majesty." There is no sign at all of David's even regretting he had cut off the fringe of the king's garment. It was the far more terrible thought of slaying the God-anointed king which troubled David. The words of the next verse show us clearly what was passing in his mind when he gravely rebuked his men, and evidently restrained them, with some little trouble, from rushing upon Saul, even after he had left the sleeping form, with the piece of the mantle in his hand. The Hebrew word rendered "stayed" is a forcible one, and, literally, would be crushed down. There is a curious Note, however, in the Babylonian Talmud on this passage in the Book of Samuel which tells how David cut off a piece of Saul's robe, in which the act is evidently very strongly condemned. Rabbi Yosi ben Rabbi channa on the words, "Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily," said, "Whoever treats clothes slightingly will at last derive no benefit from them, for it is said (1Kings 1:1), 'And they covered him [David] with clothes, but he gat no heat.'"--Treatise Berachoth, fol. 62, Colossians 2.

This is evidently one of the "cryptographs," of which there are such innumerable instances in the Talmud. The lesson intended to be taught by the famous Rabbi was probably intense reverence for the teachers and guides of Israel, here represented by Saul; any act of disrespect shown to one of these, even by injuring the clothes they wore, would be punished by God sooner or later.

And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him,.... His conscience accused him, and he repented of what he had done:

because he had cut off Saul's skirt; which though less than what his servants put him upon, and he might have thoughts of doing, yet was considered by him as a great indignity to his sovereign, and therefore sat uneasy on his mind. 24:1-7 God delivered Saul into David's hand. It was an opportunity given to David to exercise faith and patience. He had a promise of the kingdom, but no command to slay the king. He reasons strongly, both with himself and with his men, against doing Saul any hurt. Sin is a thing which it becomes us to startle at, and to resist temptations thereto. He not only would not do this bad thing himself, but he would not suffer those about him to do it. Thus he rendered good for evil, to him from whom he received evil for good; and was herein an example to all who are called Christians, not to be overcome of evil, but to overcome evil with good.
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