1 Samuel 24:3

Overview - 1 Samuel 24
David, in a cave at En-gedi, having cut off Saul's skirt, spares his life.
He shews thereby his innocency.
16 Saul, acknowledging his fault, takes an oath of David, and departs.
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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