New Living Translation
"No!" David said. "Don't kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the LORD's anointed one?
King James Bible
And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless?
Darby Bible Translation
And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not; for who can stretch forth his hand against Jehovah's anointed, and be guiltless?
World English Bible
David said to Abishai, "Don't destroy him; for who can put forth his hand against Yahweh's anointed, and be guiltless?"
Young's Literal Translation
And David saith unto Abishai, 'Destroy him not; for who hath put forth his hand against the anointed of Jehovah, and been acquitted?'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
26:9 Destroy him not, and c. - Though Saul be a tyrant, yet he is our Lord and king; and I, though designed king, as yet am his subject; and therefore cannot kill him without sin, nor will I consent that thou shouldst do it.
1 Samuel 10:1
Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul's head. He kissed Saul and said, "I am doing this because the LORD has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, his special possession.
1 Samuel 24:6
"The LORD knows I shouldn't have done that to my lord the king," he said to his men. "The LORD forbid that I should do this to my lord the king and attack the LORD's anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him."
1 Samuel 24:7
So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul. After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way,
1 Samuel 26:8
"God has surely handed your enemy over to you this time!" Abishai whispered to David. "Let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won't need to strike twice!"
2 Samuel 1:14
"Why were you not afraid to kill the LORD's anointed one?" David asked.
2 Samuel 1:16
"You have condemned yourself," David said, "for you yourself confessed that you killed the LORD's anointed one."
if I have betrayed a friend or plundered my enemy without cause,
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