1 Samuel 26:13
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New International Version
Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away; there was a wide space between them.

New Living Translation
David climbed the hill opposite the camp until he was at a safe distance.

English Standard Version
Then David went over to the other side and stood far off on the top of the hill, with a great space between them.

Berean Study Bible
Then David crossed to the other side and stood atop the mountain at a distance—there was a wide gulf between them.

New American Standard Bible
Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the mountain at a distance with a large area between them.

King James Bible
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:

Christian Standard Bible
David crossed to the other side and stood on top of the mountain at a distance; there was a considerable space between them.

Contemporary English Version
David and Abishai crossed the valley and went to the top of the next hill, where they were at a safe distance.

Good News Translation
Then David crossed over to the other side of the valley to the top of the hill, a safe distance away,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
David crossed to the other side and stood on top of the mountain at a distance; there was a considerable space between them.

International Standard Version
Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away with a large distance between them.

NET Bible
Then David crossed to the other side and stood on the top of the hill some distance away; there was a considerable distance between them.

New Heart English Bible
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of the mountain afar off; a great space being between them;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David went over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away. (There was a wide space between them.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of the mountain afar off; a great space being between them.

New American Standard 1977
Then David crossed over to the other side, and stood on top of the mountain at a distance with a large area between them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then David went over to the other side and stood out of the way on the top of the mountain, a great space being between them;

King James 2000 Bible
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of a hill afar off; a great space being between them:

American King James Version
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:

American Standard Version
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of the mountain afar off; a great space being between them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when David was gone over to the other side. and stood on the top of the hill afar off, and a good space was between them,

Darby Bible Translation
And David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of a hill afar off; a great space [being] between them.

English Revised Version
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of the mountain afar off; a great space being between them:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of a hill afar off; a great space being between them:

World English Bible
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of the mountain afar off; a great space being between them;

Young's Literal Translation
And David passeth over to the other side, and standeth on the top of the hill afar off -- great is the place between them;
Study Bible
David Reproves Abner
13Then David crossed to the other side and stood atop the mountain at a distance— there was a wide gulf between them. 14And David shouted to the troops and to Abner son of Ner, “Aren’t you going to answer me, Abner?” “Who calls to the king?” Abner replied.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 26:12
So David took the spear and water jug by Saul’s head, and they departed. No one saw them or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up; they all remained asleep, because a deep sleep from the LORD had fallen on them.

1 Samuel 26:14
And David shouted to the troops and to Abner son of Ner, “Aren’t you going to answer me, Abner?” “Who calls to the king?” Abner replied.

Treasury of Scripture

Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:

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1 Samuel 24:8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after …

Judges 9:7 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of …

David, by retiring to a place of safety before he called to Abner, seems to have manifested more distrust of Saul than he had done on a former occasion. Yet he desired that Saul and all Israel should be informed of his conduct at this time. Abner and his soldiers, by neglecting to guard Saul when he slept, had exposed his life, and merited to be treated as his enemies, though he confided in them as friends; for, although their sound sleep was undoubtedly supernatural, yet there might be a neglect of placing sentinels, arising from contempt of David's small company. Saul also deemed David his enemy, though he had before spared and protected his life.







(13) David went over to the other side.--That is to say, after taking the royal spear and cruse of water from beside the sleeping king, David with Abishai left the camp of Saul, then, crossing the deep ravine, re-ascended the opposite hill or mountain--there was then a deep gorge between him and the camp--and uttered his shrill cry, which awoke the sleeping sentinel, who seems at once to have roused Abner. Keil calls attention here to the special notice in the text that the mountain whence David spoke was afar off, not, as we should say, "as the crow flies," but afar, because a deep steep ravine lay between the camp of Saul and the hill on which David and Abishai stood. "On the previous occasion when, in the cave of En-gedi, the son of Jesse cut off the skirt of the royal garment, David fearlessly cried to Saul when the king was still evidently quite close to the cave. Now, however, he seems to have reckoned far less upon any change in the state of Saul's mind than he had done before . . . in fact, he rather feared lest Saul should endeavour to get him into his power as soon as he woke from his sleep."

Verses 13-16. - The top of a hill. Hebrew, "the top of the hill," the particular mountain from which David had reconnoitred Saul's camp (ver. 5). A great space being between them. At En-gedi Saul was alone, and had placed himself in David's power; he therefore had followed him closely. Here Saul had his army round him, and David had entered his camp by stealth. It is not, therefore, till he had placed an ample interval between them that he calls to Abner, and asks in derision, Art thou not a man? The irony is enfeebled by the insertion of the word valiant (comp. 1 Samuel 4:9). No special valour was needed;any one worthy of the name of man ought to have guarded his master better. Who is like to thee - Hebrew, "who is as thou" - in Israel? Among all Saul's subjects there was no one so powerful and highly placed as the commander-in-chief, and he ought to have shown himself worthy of his pre-eminence. Justly, therefore, for neglecting his duty and exposing the king to danger, he and his people were worthy to die. Hebrew, "sons of death" (see on 1 Samuel 20:31). Finally David bids him search for the king's spear and water bottle, that he may understand how completely Saul had been in his power. It has been suggested that Abner was probably a personal enemy of David, with whom he could never have held the high position which he occupied with his near relative Saul. Possibly instead of dissuading Saul from persecuting David, he stirred up his ill feelings. Still absolutely there is nothing in this banter which was not justified by Abner's official position. Then David went over to the other side,.... To a hill on the other side, opposite to Hachilah, where Saul lay encamped; or "passed over the passage" (q), the valley that lay between the two hills, and perhaps passed over a brook that ran in the valley, which is not unusual; so Josephus (r) says, that he went over a brook and came to the top of a mountain:

and stood on the top of an hill afar off; he chose the top of an hill, that his voice might be heard at a distance, as it might in a clear air, and still night; and to be afar off, that he might the better make his escape, should an attempt be made to pursue him:

a great space being between them; a large valley lying between the two hills.

(q) "et transivit transitum", Montanus. (r) Antiqu. l. 6. c. 13. sect. 9. 13-20. Then David … stood on the top of an hill afar off … and cried to the people—(See on [252]Jud 9:7). The extraordinary purity and elasticity of the air in Palestine enable words to be distinctly heard that are addressed by a speaker from the top of one hill to people on that of another, from which it is separated by a deep intervening ravine. Hostile parties can thus speak to each other, while completely beyond the reach of each other's attack. It results from the peculiar features of the country in many of the mountain districts.26:13-20 David reasoned seriously and affectionately with Saul. Those who forbid our attendance on God's ordinances, do what they can to estrange us from God, and to make us heathens. We are to reckon that which exposes us to sin the greatest injury that can be done us. If the Lord stirred thee up against me, either in displeasure to me, taking this way to punish me for my sins against him, or in displeasure to thee, if it be the effect of that evil spirit from the Lord which troubles thee; let Him accept an offering from us both. Let us join in seeking peace, and to be reconciled with God by sacrifice.



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