I Sam. 26:1-25
Envy and jealousy are bitter emotions that eat a man’s soul like a cancer. Saul’s intellect told him that David was the future king and that he had done no wrong against him. His emotions kept goading him to destroy David.
Being informed that David was again hiding in the Wilderness of Ziph, Saul mobilized three thousand of his best soldiers to destroy his enemy. His army was commanded by Abner.
David, on the other hand chose his nephew, Abishai to accompany him by night into Saul’s camp. As Saul and his men were in a deep sleep from the Lord, David and Abishai came upon the king sleeping with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. As it had been earlier, David had another excellent opportunity to rid himself of his pursuer. Instead of killing “the Lord’s anointed,” he only took the spear and a bottle of water. He stated that, “The Lord shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish.” As the spear was a symbol of power, David added further insult by taking it from Saul.
After moving to a safe distance from the camp, David called out to Abner and chided him for failing to protect the king. Saul again confessed his sin and promised safety if he would return. “Indeed, I have played the fool and erred exceedingly.” David returned the spear, but both men went separate ways.