1 Samuel 24: Respect for the Lord's Anointed

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 97–98


Several instances where Saul tried to take David’s life are recorded in 1 Samuel 18–23. In 1 Samuel 24 we are told about a time when David had the opportunity to take Saul’s life but did not. The reasons he did not can teach us an important lesson concerning our respect and loyalty to those called by the Lord.

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Samuel 24

Smote him (v. 5)Made him feel guilty 
Stayed his servants (v. 7)Kept his men from attacking 
Wherefore hearest thou (v. 9)Why do you listen to 
Bade (v. 10)Encouraged 
Cut off my seed (v. 21)Kill my children and their children 
Hold (v. 22)Place of safety and hiding 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 1 Samuel 24.

Activity A iconHow Would You Answer?

Apply David’s reason for not killing Saul to a situation today where friends are criticizing a Church leader in your presence. Write how you would answer this.