1 Samuel 24:5
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New International Version
Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.

King James Bible
And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass afterwards that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

World English Bible
It happened afterward, that David's heart struck him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass afterwards that the heart of David smiteth him, because that he hath cut off the skirt which is on Saul,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And the men of David said - We know not to what promise of God the men of David refer; they perhaps meant no more than to say,

"Behold, the Lord hath delivered thine enemy into thy land, now do to him as he wishes to do to thee."

Then David arose - Though I have a high opinion of the character of David, yet the circumstances of the case seem to indicate that he arose to take away the life of Saul, and that it was in reference to this that his heart smote him. It appears that he rose up immediately at the desire of his men to slay his inveterate enemy, and one whom he knew the Lord had rejected; but when about to do it he was prevented by the remonstrance of God in his conscience, and instead of cutting off his head, as he might have done, an act which the laws and usages of war would have justified, he contented himself with cutting off the skirt of his robe; and he did this only to show Saul how much he had been in his power.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

David's heart

2 Samuel 12:9 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? you have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword...

2 Samuel 24:10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done...

2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard what I spoke against this place...

1 John 3:20,21 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things...

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Love for Hate, the True Quid Pro Quo
'And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the Lord said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily. 5. And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had out off Saul's skirt. 6. And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Exile --Continued.
We have one psalm which the title connects with the beginning of David's stay at Adullam,--the thirty-fourth. The supposition that it dates from that period throws great force into many parts of it, and gives a unity to what is else apparently fragmentary and disconnected. Unlike those already considered, which were pure soliloquies, this is full of exhortation and counsel, as would naturally be the case if it were written when friends and followers began to gather to his standard. It reads like
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Cross References
2 Samuel 24:10
David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, LORD, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing."

2 Kings 22:19
Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people--that they would become a curse and be laid waste--and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.

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