And David said to Abishai, and all his servants
In order to make them easy, and reconcile them to this usage of him:
behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life;
how much more now [may this] Benjamite [do it]?
who was not only of the same tribe that Saul was, but of the same family, and so bore an ill will to David because of his succession in the throne:
let him alone, and let him curse;
do nothing to restrain him, not even by words, and much less by any violent actions, and still less by taking away his life:
for the Lord hath bidden him;
in the sense explained in ( 2 Samuel 16:10 ) .