Why didn't David kill King Saul when he had the opportunity?

by Anonymous

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Oil Painting by Guercino, 1591-1666
(real name, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)

Rick Brentlinger Answers-


Anonymous Christian continues:

"Instead David only cut off a piece of clothing from Saul's robe. Why did Saul go so completely against David as to try to kill him?"

King Saul tried to kill David numerous times yet David never retaliated by trying to kill King Saul. Saul came to hate David because he knew that (a) Jonathan and David were intimate friends (1 Samuel 20:30), and (b) he knew that Jonathan would never be King of Israel as long as David was alive.

Saul's Attempts on David's Life


  1. 1 Samuel 18:11

  2. 1 Samuel 18:25

  3. 1 Samuel 19:9-10

  4. I Samuel 19:11, 15

  5. 1 Samuel 20:31-33

  6. I Samuel 23:9

  7. I Samuel 23:25-26

David had at least two opportunities to kill King Saul, 1 Samuel 24:4ff and 1 Samuel 26:8ff, yet both times, David refused to kill Saul himself and David refused to allow his warriors to kill King Saul.

Why did David refuse to kill King Saul?


There are four reasons why David refused to kill King Saul.

  1. David knew that God had anointed Saul King over Israel, 1 Samuel 10:1. Because David trusted God, he was determined to let God chose when Saul should no longer be King.

  2. David knew that God had anointed him King over Israel, 1 Samuel 16:13. David's great faith in God compelled him to wait until God made him King in actual fact.

  3. David loved Crown Prince Jonathan, King Saul's son and was loathe to do anything that would offend Jonathan in any way. David had given his solemn word he would not harm anyone of Jonathan's family, 1 Samuel 20:15-17.

  4. David was content to wait for God's timing instead of trying to force things. Are you willing to wait for God's timing in your life?


Note the contrast between David and King Saul


1. The Spirit of the LORD was upon David, 1 Samuel 16:13 but the Spirit of the LORD had departed from King Saul, 1 Samuel 16:14

2. King Saul was doing everything humanly possible to hold onto power while David was content to only fight a defensive battle against Saul to preserve his life until God placed him on the throne of Israel.

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Jul 24, 2010
Huh?
by: Truth

There is no such thing as a gay christian. Homosexuality is punishable by hell. Face the facts.

Rick's comment: LOL, face the facts kiddo, Ignorance is NOT the fruit of the Spirit.

Nov 04, 2010
Here's the truth
by: Rick Brentlinger

If you mind is still open to God's truth in the Bible, here's a great place to start.

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May 30, 2011
Why David did not kill King Saul
by: Olusola Oludairo

In addition to the reasons stated above, David did not kill King Saul because, he knew it will be a sin to kill a person of his own nationality. this is buttressed by the fact that, before this time, David was not a warrior, not until he killed Goliath & later went into the battle with Saul and started killing.

Again, when Joab killed Abner, you'll notice David's reaction was to place a curse on Joab's house because he killed his countryman. It was after David's coronation that vices such as killing Uriah (though not a Jew but one of David's loyal soldiers, but in modern terms, he's a Jew by naturalization) to cover up his sin and other vices began to manifest.

The lesson for us today is to pray for God to grant us the inner strength to maintain our innocence and devotion to him after His promises have been fulfilled in our lives. Stay blessed.

Aug 15, 2012
A reply to your comment about gays.......
by: P

Well, I am a born-again christian. I understand your comment. It is a fact, and true to God's word, however, I love the gays, and so does God. He just hates the sin. It's no different then you or I commiting adultery or fornication...sin is sin. We should try to love them into the kingdom and quit brow-beating. I know some gays that struggle really hard with this sin, while trying to abstain from homosexuality, and live for God. This is a stronghold that Satan has on their lives and we should pray that God sets the captives free. Don't be so harsh. A soft answer turns away wrath.

Rick's comment: Although your comments are loving and sensitive, I hope you will continue to read and study. Your belief that it is sinful to be in a gay relationship is opinion, not Biblical fact. Please click on the NavBar buttons under, What The Bible Says. Many thanks!

Sep 12, 2012
The Bible does speak against homosexuality
by: Anonymous

I will not make this long because I feel that there is no need to defend the Bible and what it says. There is in fact many places where scripture speeaks aginst homosexuality. The first place that comes to mind is within the book of Romans chapter 1. Paul writes to the Romans and talks of God giving people over to there sinful and unrepentive ways. One of which sin mentioned is homosexuality in verse 27. God allows men(humans) to dwell in their sin for many reasons, of those I will not discuss at that time.

Many times we can take the verses of scripture and twist them to mean what we desire. The proper method of interpretation is to allow the scripture to speak for itself literaly. Read the entire chapter to understand the context of the writing.

Rick's comment: Because you have never studied Romans 1 or any of the clobber passages, the wisest course you can take is to refrain from commenting until you know what you're talking about.

Your assignment for this week is to memorize 2 Timothy 2:15 and then ALWAYS factor in context when deciding what scripture means. Many thanks for stopping by.

Jun 16, 2013
To Huh, July 24, 2010
by: Anonymous

Yes there is such thing as a gay christian. Is there such a thing as a lying christian? I'm sure you've lied before. We are living under grace.

Nov 12, 2013
Calm down
by: John

May God's word be enough for understanding. Study to show thyself approved...

Rick's comment: Everyone who reads this should memorize and obey 2 Timothy 2:15. Many thanks!


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