|Overview - 1 Samuel 24|
|1||David, in a cave at En-gedi, having cut off Saul's skirt, spares his life.|
|8||He shews thereby his innocency.|
|16||Saul, acknowledging his fault, takes an oath of David, and departs.|
1 Samuel 24:3 (King James Version)
And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
- the sheepcotes
- Caves in the rocks, in which it is still common for shepherds and their flocks to lodge
- Dr. Pococke observes, "Beyond the valley [of Tekoa,] there is a very large grotto, which the Arabs call El-Maamah, a hiding place: the high rocks on each side of the valley are almost perpendicular; and the way to the grotto is by a terrace formed in the rock, which is very narrow. There are two entrances into it; we went by the farthest, which leads by a narrow passage into a very large grotto, the rock being supported by natural pillars; the top of it rises in several places like domes; the grotto is perfectly dry. There is a tradition, that the people of the country, to the number of 1 Samuel 24:30 1 Samuel 24:000 ; retired into this grotto, to avoid a bad air. This place is so strong, that one would imagine it to be one of the strong holds of En-gedi, to which David and his men fled from Saul: and possibly it may be that very cave in which he cut off Saul's skirt; for David and his men might, with good ease, lie hid there and not be seen by him
- " Travels, vol. ii. P. 1. p. 41.
- and Saul
- Psalms 141:6
- to cover
- Judges 3:24
- Psalms 57:1 ; 142:1 *titles