1 Samuel 24:9
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English Standard Version
And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm’?

King James Bible
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

American Standard Version
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearkenest thou to men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And said to Saul: Why dost thou hear the words of men that say David seeketh thy hurt?

English Revised Version
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearkenest thou to men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

Webster's Bible Translation
And David said to Saul, Why hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When Saul came to the sheep-folds by the way, where there was a cave, he entered it to cover his feet, whilst David and his men sat behind in the cave. V. de Velde (R. ii. p. 74) supposes the place, where the sheep-folds by the roadside were, to have been the Wady Chareitun, on the south-west of the Frank mountain, and to the north-east of Tekoah, a very desolate and inaccessible valley. "Rocky, precipitous walls, which rise up one above another for many hundred feet, form the sides of this defile. Stone upon stone, and cliff above cliff, without any sign of being habitable, or of being capable of affording even a halting-place to anything but wild goats." Near the ruins of the village of Chareitun, hardly five minutes' walk to the east, there is a large cave or chamber in the rock, with a very narrow entrance entirely concealed by stones, and with many side vaults in which the deepest darkness reigns, at least to any one who has just entered the limestone vaults from the dazzling light of day. It may be argued in favour of the conjecture that this is the cave which Saul entered, and at the back of which David and his men were concealed, that this cave is on the road from Bethlehem to Ain-jidy, and one of the largest caves in that district, if not the largest of all, and that, according to Pococke (Beschr. des Morgenl. ii. p. 61), the Franks call it a labyrinth, the Arabs Elmaama, i.e., hiding-place, whilst the latter relate how at one time thirty thousand people hid themselves in it "to escape an evil wind," in all probability the simoom. The only difficulty connected with this supposition is the distance from Ain-jidy, namely about four or five German miles (fifteen or twenty English), and the nearness of Tekoah, according to which it belongs to the desert of Tekoah rather than to that of Engedi. "To cover his feet" is a euphemism according to most of the ancient versions, as in Judges 3:24, for performing the necessities of nature, as it is a custom in the East to cover the feet. It does not mean "to sleep," as it is rendered in this passage in the Peschito, and also by Michaelis and others; for although what follows may seem to favour this, there is apparently no reason why any such euphemistic expression should have been chosen for sleep. "The sides of the cave:" i.e., the outermost or farthest sides.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred you up against me...

Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go up and down as a talebearer among your people: neither shall you stand against the blood of your neighbor...

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that has an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Psalm 141:6 When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

Proverbs 16:28 A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

Proverbs 17:4 A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.

Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Proverbs 25:23 The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Proverbs 26:20-22,28 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases...

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.

Ecclesiastes 7:21,22 Also take no heed to all words that are spoken; lest you hear your servant curse you...

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...

Cross References
1 Samuel 20:1
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah and came and said before Jonathan, "What have I done? What is my guilt? And what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?"

1 Samuel 24:8
Afterward David also arose and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage.

1 Samuel 24:10
Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the LORD gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, 'I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD's anointed.'

1 Samuel 26:18
And he said, "Why does my lord pursue after his servant? For what have I done? What evil is on my hands?

1 Samuel 26:19
Now therefore let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If it is the LORD who has stirred you up against me, may he accept an offering, but if it is men, may they be cursed before the LORD, for they have driven me out this day that I should have no share in the heritage of the LORD, saying, 'Go, serve other gods.'

Jeremiah 37:18
Jeremiah also said to King Zedekiah, "What wrong have I done to you or your servants or this people, that you have put me in prison?

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