2 Samuel 1:14
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New International Version
David asked him, "Why weren't you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?"

New Living Translation
"Why were you not afraid to kill the LORD's anointed one?" David asked.

English Standard Version
David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to put out your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”

Berean Study Bible
So David asked him, “Why were you not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”

New American Standard Bible
Then David said to him, "How is it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?"

King James Bible
And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?

Christian Standard Bible
David questioned him, "How is it that you were not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?"

Good News Translation
David asked him, "How is it that you dared kill the LORD's chosen king?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
David questioned him, "How is it that you were not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?"

International Standard Version
At this David asked him, "How is it that you weren't afraid to raise your hand to strike the LORD's anointed?"

NET Bible
David replied to him, "How is it that you were not afraid to reach out your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?"

New Heart English Bible
David said to him, "How were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David asked, "Why weren't you afraid to take it upon yourself to destroy the LORD's anointed king?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David said unto him: 'How wast thou not afraid to put forth thy hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?'

New American Standard 1977
Then David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?

King James 2000 Bible
And David said unto him, How were you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?

American King James Version
And David said to him, How were you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?

American Standard Version
And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to put forth thy hand to destroy Jehovah's anointed?

Douay-Rheims Bible
David said to him: Why didst thou not fear to put out thy hand to kill the Lord's anointed?

Darby Bible Translation
And David said to him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thy hand to destroy Jehovah's anointed?

English Revised Version
And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to put forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?

Webster's Bible Translation
And David said to him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thy hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?

World English Bible
David said to him, "How were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Yahweh's anointed?"

Young's Literal Translation
And David saith unto him, 'How wast thou not afraid to put forth thy hand to destroy the anointed of Jehovah?'
Study Bible
David Learns of Saul's Death
13And David inquired of the young man who had brought him the report, “Where are you from?” “I am the son of a foreigner,” he answered. “I am an Amalekite.” 14So David asked him, “Why were you not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?” 15Then David summoned one of the young men and said, “Go, execute him!” So he struck him down, and he died.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 10:1
Then Samuel took a flask of oil, poured it out on Saul's head, kissed him, and said, "Has not the LORD anointed you ruler over His inheritance?

1 Samuel 12:3
Here I am. Bear witness against me before the LORD and before His anointed: Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged or oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe and closed my eyes? Tell me, and I will restore it to you.

1 Samuel 24:6
So he said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD's anointed. I will never lift my hand against him, since he is the LORD's anointed."

1 Samuel 26:9
But David said to Abishai, "Do not destroy him, for who can lift a hand against the LORD's anointed and be guiltless?"

1 Samuel 26:11
But the LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD's anointed. Instead, take the spear and water jug by his head, and let us go."

Lamentations 4:20
The LORD's anointed, the breath of our life, was captured in their pits. We had said of him, "Under his shadow we will live among the nations."

Treasury of Scripture

And David said to him, How were you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?

How

Numbers 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in …

1 Samuel 31:4 Then said Saul to his armor bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me …

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

stretch forth

1 Samuel 24:6 And he said to his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing …

1 Samuel 26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth …

Psalm 105:15 Saying, Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.







(14) How wast thou not afraid?--David now turns to the Amalekite. It does not matter whether he fully believed his story or not, the man must be judged by his own account of himself. (See 2Samuel 1:16.) Regicide was not in David's eyes merely a political crime; he had showed on more than one occasion of great temptation (1Samuel 24:6; 1Samuel 26:9; 1Samuel 26:11; 1Samuel 26:16) that he considered taking the life of "the Lord's anointed" as a religious offence of the greatest magnitude. It was an especially grievous thing for a foreigner and an Amalekite thus to smite him whom God had appointed as the monarch of Israel.

And David said unto him, how, wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand,.... By which it should seem that he did more than stand upon him, and press his body, that the spear might pierce through him, but that he drew his sword, and slew him; so David understood him, and is the sense of the phrase in 1 Samuel 17:51,

to destroy the Lord's anointed? a reason why David did not destroy him, when it was in the power of his hands, and which he made use of to dissuade others from it; and here charges it not only as a criminal, but a daring action in this young man, at which he expresses his admiration how he could do it; hereby representing it as a very shocking and detestable action; see 1 Samuel 24:6. 1:11-16 David was sincere in his mourning for Saul; and all with him humbled themselves under the hand of God, laid so heavily upon Israel by this defeat. The man who brought the tidings, David put to death, as a murderer of his prince. David herein did not do unjustly; the Amalekite confessed the crime. If he did as he said, he deserved to die for treason; and his lying to David, if indeed it were a lie, proved, as sooner or later that sin will prove, lying against himself. Hereby David showed himself zealous for public justice, without regard to his own private interest.
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