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Saulís change of attitude

1 Samuel 26:17

The sound of Davidís voice went far in the quiet air of the early morning. Although David was on a hill opposite Saulís camp, Abner, the commander of Saulís army, heard him clearly. David explained how, during the night, he had saved Saulís life.

Saul himself was also listening to Davidís speech. David had not told Abner his name; but Saul knew that it was David. Saul knew that because of Davidís attitudes. None of Saulís officials were as loyal to him as David (22:14). None of them cared so much about Saul as David did (16:21-23; 19:4-5).

Immediately, Saul realised that he was wrong to oppose David. For that reason, Saul again called David Ďmy soní (see 1 Samuel 24:16). He chose that phrase in order to express love towards David. He was pleased with David; he approved of David.

Saulís attitude of hate towards David had again changed to the opposite emotion: love.

David then replied in a manner that gave honour to Saul. He called Saul Ďmy lordí, in other words, Ďmy masterí. That showed that he still respected Saul greatly. Saul was Davidís master, so David considered himself merely to be Saulís servant. A servant has a duty to be loyal to his master; David understood that he still had a duty to be loyal to Saul.

David also called Saul Ďthe kingí. God had appointed David to rule Israel (16:13), but David still recognised Saulís authority as king. David would not start a revolution and he would not oppose Saul. For the rest of Saulís life, David considered Saul to be Israelís king.

Next part: Davidís second appeal to Saul (1 Samuel 26:18-20)


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