1 Samuel 18:12
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.

Berean Study Bible
So Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Saul was alarmed on account of David.

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
11and he hurled it, thinking, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. 12So Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had departed from Saul. 13Therefore Saul sent David away and gave him command of a thousand men. David led the troops out to battle and back,…
Cross References
1 Samuel 16:13
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. Then Samuel set out and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:14
After the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, a spirit of distress from the LORD began to torment him.

1 Samuel 16:18
One of the servants answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a mighty man of valor, a warrior, eloquent and handsome, and the LORD is with him."

1 Samuel 18:15
When Saul saw that David was very successful, he was afraid of him.

1 Samuel 18:29
he grew even more afraid of David. So from then on Saul was David's enemy.

1 Samuel 20:13
But if my father intends to bring evil on you, then may the LORD punish me, and ever so severely, if I do not tell you and send you on your way in safety. May the LORD be with you, just 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?" "I am deeply distressed," replied Saul. "The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has turned away from me. He no longer answers me, either by the prophets or dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to 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
Wherefore 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 spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?

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

the Lord

1 Samuel 16:13,18
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah…

1 Samuel 22:13
And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

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

departed

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

1 Samuel 28:15
And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

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







Lexicon
So Saul
שָׁא֖וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

was afraid
וַיִּרָ֥א (way·yi·rā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

of
מִלִּפְנֵ֣י (mil·lip̄·nê)
Preposition-m, Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

David,
דָוִ֑ד (ḏā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

because
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

the LORD
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

was
הָיָ֤ה (hā·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

with David
עִמּ֔וֹ (‘im·mōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

but
וּמֵעִ֥ם (ū·mê·‘im)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

had departed
סָֽר׃ (sār)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5493: To turn aside

from Saul.
שָׁא֖וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites
(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). 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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