And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with
To strike it through him, and fasten him to the wall with it, as he had attempted before, ( 1 Samuel 18:11 ) ;
but he slipped away out of Saul's presence:
he perceived his design, and being of great agility of body, moved out of his place before him very nimbly:
and he smote the javelin into the wall;
he threw it with suck force that it entered into the wall, and stuck there; so great was his resolution to destroy David, and such the rage and passion that he was in, and such his strength of body, and which, in person; in his circumstances, is strangely exerted at times:
and David fled, and escaped that night;
it being towards night, or in the evening, very probably, when this affair happened; upon which he departed from Saul's court, and went to his own house, and so escaped the danger he was exposed to for the present.