1 Samuel 24:22
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New International Version
So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

New Living Translation
So David promised this to Saul with an oath. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went back to their stronghold.

English Standard Version
And David swore this to Saul. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

Berean Study Bible
So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

New American Standard Bible
David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

King James Bible
And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.

Christian Standard Bible
So David swore to Saul. Then Saul went back home, and David and his men went up to the stronghold.

Contemporary English Version
So David promised, and Saul went home. David and his men returned to their hideout.

Good News Translation
David promised that he would. Then Saul went back home, and David and his men went back to their hiding place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So David swore to Saul. Then Saul went back home, and David and his men went up to the stronghold.

International Standard Version
David made this vow to Saul, and then Saul went home, while David and his men went up to the stronghold.

NET Bible
David promised Saul this on oath. Then Saul went to his house, and David and his men went up to the stronghold.

New Heart English Bible
David swore to Saul. Saul went home; but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So David swore to Saul. Then Saul went home, and David and his men went to their fortified camp.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David swore unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men got them up unto the stronghold.

New American Standard 1977
And David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then David swore unto Saul. And Saul went home, but David and his men went up unto the fortress.

King James 2000 Bible
And David swore unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men got themselves up unto the stronghold.

American King James Version
And David swore to Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men got them up to the hold.

American Standard Version
And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the stronghold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David swore to Saul. So Saul went home: and David and his men went up into safer places.

Darby Bible Translation
And David swore to Saul. And Saul went home; and David and his men went up to the stronghold.

English Revised Version
And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David swore to Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men repaired to the hold.

World English Bible
David swore to Saul. Saul went home; but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

Young's Literal Translation
And David sweareth to Saul, and Saul goeth unto his house, and David and his men have gone up unto the fortress.
Study Bible
David's Oath to Saul
21So now, swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's house.” 22So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.
Cross References
1 Samuel 23:29
And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of En-gedi.

1 Samuel 26:25
Saul said to him, "May you be blessed, my son David. You will accomplish great things and will surely prevail." So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.

Treasury of Scripture

And David swore to Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men got them up to the hold.

David and

Proverbs 26:24,25 He that hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within him…

Matthew 10:16,17 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

John 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men,

the hold

1 Samuel 23:29 And David went up from there, and dwelled in strong holds at Engedi.







(22) And David sware unto Saul.--The generous son of Jesse at once complied with Saul's curious request, and for a time, at least, the persecution and pursuit of David ceased. Stricken with remorse, the gloomy king left him to himself; no word, however, seems to have passed as to restoring the exile to his home or rank. Bishop Wordsworth quotes here a characteristic passage from one of Chrysostom's eloquent homilies, in which the Patristic method of allegorising all these famous scenes of Old Testament history is well exemplified.

"Meditate on the example of David, and do thou imitate it: imitate it in his self-control and in his love of his enemy. The cave in which he was became like a Christian Church, and he became like a Christian bishop, who first preaches a sermon and then offers the sacrifice of the altar.

"So David preached a sermon by his example, and offered a true sacrifice--the spiritual sacrifice of himself and of his own anger; he became as it were a priest, a sacrifice, and an altar, and having offered his victims, he gained a glorious victory."--St. Chrysostom, tom. 4, p. 761.

And David sware unto Saul,.... That he would not cut, off his posterity; which oath he religiously observed, in sparing Mephibosheth, 2 Samuel 21:7, and in punishing the murderers of Ishbosheth, 2 Samuel 4:12; and as for the seven sons of Saul, delivered up to the Gibeonites, 2 Samuel 21:6, it may be questioned whether they were his genuine legitimate offspring; and if they were, it was by the appointment and command of God, and according to his will and pleasure they were executed, who is not bound by the oaths of men, and to whom they must be submitted, 2 Samuel 21:1,

and Saul went home; to his palace in Gibeah:

but David and his men got them up unto the hold; in Engedi, 1 Samuel 23:29; not trusting to Saul, whose inconstancy, perfidy, cruel hatred, and malice, David full well knew; and therefore thought it not safe to return to his own house, nor to dwell in the open country, but in the wilderness, and among the rocks, and in the caves there, such as were in the wilderness of Engedi; and here, and at this time, he penned the fifty seventh psalm, see Psalm 57:1. 24:16-22 Saul speaks as quite overcome with David's kindness. Many mourn for their sins, who do not truly repent of them; weep bitterly for them, yet continue in love and in league with them. Now God made good to David that word on which he had caused him to hope, that he would bring forth his righteousness as the light, Ps 37:6. Those who take care to keep a good conscience, may leave it to God to secure them the credit of it. Sooner or later, God will force even those who are of the synagogue of Satan to know and to own those whom he has loved. They parted in peace. Saul went home convinced, but not converted; ashamed of his envy to David, yet retaining in his breast that root of bitterness; vexed that when at last he had found David, he could not find in his heart to destroy him, as he had designed. Malice often seems dead when it is only asleep, and will revive with double force. Yet, whether the Lord bind men's hands, or affect their hearts, so that they do not hurt us, the deliverance is equally from him; it is an evidence of his love, and an earnest of our salvation, and should make us thankful.
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