1 Samuel 26:20

Overview - 1 Samuel 26
Saul, by the discovery of the Ziphites, comes to Hachilah against David.
David coming into the trench stays Abishai from killing Saul, but takes his spear and cruse.
13 David reproves Abner;
17 and exhorts Saul.
21 Saul acknowledges his sin.
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1 Samuel 26:20  (King James Version)
Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

let not my
2:9 25:29

the king
24:14 Matthew 26:47 Matthew 26:55

a flea
{Parosh,} (in Arabic {borghooth,} Syriac, {poorthano,}) the well known little contemptible and troublesome insect, the flea, seems to be so called from its agility in leaping and skipping, from {para,} "free," and {raash,} "to leap, bound." David, by comparing himself to this insect, seems to import, that while it would cost Saul much pains to catch him, he would obtain but very little advantage from it.

a partridge
{Korai} certainly denotes the partridge, which is called in Arabic, {kira.} It seems to be so called from the cry or {cur} which it utters when calling its young.