F I R S T S A M U E L
We have hitherto had Saul seeking an opportunity
to destroy David, and, to his shame, he could never find it. In
this chapter David had a fair opportunity to destroy Saul, and, to
his honour, he did not make use of it; and his sparing Saul's life
was as great an instance of God's grace in him as the preserving of
his own life was of God's providence over him. Observe, I. How
maliciously Saul sought David's life, ver. 1, 2. II. How generously David saved
Saul's life (when he had him at an advantage) and only cut off the
skirt of his robe, ver.
3-8. III. How pathetically he reasoned with Saul, upon
this to bring him to a better temper towards him, ver. 9-15. IV. The good impression
this made upon Saul for the present, ver. 16-22.