How Did Saul Tried to Kill David?


Saul had attempted to kill David many times because he was afraid David would take away his throne. Saul tried to kill David by persuading him to take his daughters in marriage in exchange he must go to battles against the Philistines. Saul’s real motive is that the Philistines kill David in the battle. But God is always on the side of David and he helped him to win the wars so that he became even more famous after winning the battles against the Philistines.

Saul had tried to pin David to the wall twice while he was playing lyre for him. When David dodged, Saul sent men to watch his house. Michal helped David to escape through the window. Later, he hid at the rock in the field, waiting for Jonathan to confirm whether his father Saul is really trying to kill him. When it was found out that Saul really wanted to kill David, he and David made a sworn friendship together and David that they will be kind to each other family members. After that, David left and Jonathan returned.

When Saul learned that David was at Keilah, he planned to bring his men to destroy the town. But David managed to escape out of the town of Keilah just in time after God told him that the citizens of Keilah will hand him and his men to Saul.  The Ziphites reported David’s location in the Desert of Maon, in the Arabah south of Jeshimon. Saul and his men set out to find David in Ziph. Saul and his men were going roundabout on one side of the mouth while David and his men were going roundabout on the other side of the mountain. When they are about to meet each other from going roundabout on the mountain, Saul’s man suddenly came and tell him that the Philistines are raiding the land so that he has to leave.

Saul returned to pursue David after fighting the Philisttines. He passed by a sheep pen where there is a cave on the way. He and his men then went into the cave to take the rest. They didn’t know that David and his men were at the back of the cave too. David just cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He didn’t kill Saul when he knew he could easily do so because he knew that Saul is God’s anointed king and it is up to God to take revenge on Saul himself. When Saul and his men left the cave, David called out to him and showed him the piece of cloth he cut from the robe. He asked Saul why he pursued him when he has done nothing wrong to him. Saul admitted that he knew God has chosen David as king and he asked him to show kindness to his family if he become king of Israel.

On another occasion, Saul went to the Desert of Ziph with 3,000 Israelite troops again. Saul and his men camped beside the road on the hill of Hakilah that faced Jeshimon. When David learned about this, he and his men Abishai sneaked into Saul’s camp at the time Saul and all his soldiers were asleep. David just stole the spear and water jug near Saul’s head but he didn’t kill him. He knew it is a sin to kill Saul as he is God’s anointed king. After climbing to safe spot, he shouted to Abner, Saul’s army commander and tell him he stole Saul’s jug and spear. Once again, he rebuked Saul for pursuing him when he has done nothing wrong.

Saul is wrong in trying to kill David when he has done nothing wrong. He did this out of jealousy and fear that David would overtake his throne. Fear keeps us under bondage. We must never let fear control us. If you fully surrender to God, you will have to deny yourself and have peace in him. To deny yourself means to not honoring the desire of your flesh. Fear is not from God. Whoever has fear is not perfected in love. We must always love one another instead of feeling jealous and coveting over what others have. Loving others as much as you love yourself is the second most important commandment in the bible.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10 KJV)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 KJV)

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25 KJV)

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4 KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6 KJV)

The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. (Proverbs 19:23 KJV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalm 111:10 KJV)

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? (Proverbs 27:4 KJV)

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. (Exodus 20:17 KJV)

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (1 Corinthians 3:3 KJV)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22 KJV)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 KJV)

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV)

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (1 Corinthians 3:3 KJV)

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)

Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. (1 John 3:12 KJV)

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  (James 3:14-16 KJV)

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:28-32 KJV)

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Proverbs 14:30 KJV)

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:1-3 KJV)