Great(i) 1 The Ziphites came vnto Saul to Gibea, saying: Doth not Dauid hyde hym self in the hill of Hachila which is before Iesimon? 2 Saul arose, and went dwne to the wyldernesse of Ziph, hauyng thre thousande chosen men of Israel with hym, for to seke Dauid in the wildernesse of Ziph. 3 And Saul pitched in the hyll of Hachila which lyeth before Iesimon, by the waye side. But Dauid dwelt in the wildernesse. And he saw that Saul cam after hym into he wildernesse. 4 Dauid therfore sent out spyes, & vnderstode, that Saul was come in very dede. 5 And Dauid arose and came to the placewhere Saul had pitched, & Dauid beheld the place, where Saul laye, and Abner the sonne of Ner which was his chefe captayne Saul laye within, & the people & the hooste rounde about him. 6 Then answered Dauid and spake to Ahimelech the Hethite, & to Abisai the sonne of Zaruia and brother to Ioab, saying: who will go downe with me to Saul to the hoste? And Abisai saide: I will go downe with the. 7 And so Dauid and Abisai came downe to the people by nyght. And beholde, Saul laye sleping within the hoost, & his speare stacke in the ground at his heed. But Abner & the people laye round about hym. 8 Then sayde Abisai to Dauid: God hath deliuered thyne enemye into thyne hande this daye. Now therfore, lett me smyte hym once with my speare to the erth, & I wyll not smyte hym the seconde tyme. 9 And Dauid sayde to Abisai: destroye him not. For who can laye his hande on the Lordes anoynted, & be gyltlesse? 10 And Dauid sayde furthermore: as sure as the Lorde lyueth, the Lorde shall smyte him or his daye shall come to dye, or he shall descende into battell, & there perishe. 11 The Lord kepe me from laying myne hande vpon the Lordes anoynted: But take thou now the speare that is at his heed, & the crewse of water, & let vs go. 12 And so Dauid toke the speare & the crewse of water from Sauls heed, and they gatt them awaye, and no man saw it or marked yt or awaked. For they were all a slepe, because the Lorde had sent a deade sleape vpon them. 13 Then Dauid went ouer to the other syde, and stode on the toppe of an hyll a farre of (a great space beyng betwene them) 14 and Dauid cryed to the people, and to Abner the sonne of Ner, saying: Hearest thou not Abner? Abner answered, and sayde: What art thou that cryest to the king? 15 and Dauid sayd to Abner: art not thou a man: and who his lyke the in Israel? Wherfore then hast thou not kept thy Lord the kyng? For there came one of the folke in, to destroy the kyng thy lord. 16 It is not good that thou hast done. As truly as the Lorde lyueth, ye are worthy to dye, because ye haue not kepte youre master, the Lordes anoynted. And nowe se where the kynges speare is and the crewse of water, that was at his heed. 17 And Saul knew Dauids voyce, & sayde is this thy voyce my sonne Dauid? & Dauid sayd: it is my voyce, my Lord, O kyng 18 And he sayde: wherfore doth my lord thus persecute his seruaunt? for what haue I done? or what euell is in myne hand? 19 Now therfore let my Lord the kyng heare the wordes of his seruaunt. If the Lorde haue stered the vp agaynst me, let him smell the sauoure of a sacrifice. But & yf they be the children of men, cursed are they before the lord For they haue cast me out this daye from abidyng in the enheritaunce of the Lord, saying: hence, & go serue other gods. 20 Now therfore let not my bloud fall to the erth before the face of the lorde. For the king of Israell is come out to hunt a flee, as whan one doth hunt a partrege in the mountaynes. 21 Then sayde Saul: I haue synned, come agayn my sonne Dauid, for I will do the no moare harme, because my soule was preciouse in thyne eyes thys daye. Beholde, I haue played the fole, & haue erred excedyngly. 22 And Dauid answered and sayd: Behold, the kyngs speare, lett one of the young men come ouer, & fett it. 23 The Lorde reward euery man accordyng to his ryghtwesnesse & fayth: for the Lordde delyuered the into my hand thys daye, but I wolde not laye myne hand vpon the Lordes anoynted. 24 And beholde, lyke as thy lyfe was moche set bye this daye in myne eyes: so be my lyfe set by in the eyes of the Lorde, that he delyuer me out of all tribulacion. 25 Then Saul sayd to Dauid: Blessed art thou my sonne Dauid, for thou shalt be a doer and preuayle. And so Dauid went his waye, and Saul turned to his place agayne.