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David, Saul, and GodRediscovering an Ancient Story$
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Paul Borgman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331608.001.0001

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 David Spares an Enemy, Three Times in a Row

 David Spares an Enemy, Three Times in a Row

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(p.79) 4 David Spares an Enemy, Three Times in a Row
David, Saul, and God

Paul Borgman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In the middle of flight from Saul, which was explored in the prior chapter, David twice has the opportunity to take the king's life but does not do so. Between these paralleled scenes, David spares the life of another enemy, a fool, but not before he is spared from his own worst instincts through the agency of Abigail, a wise and beautiful woman. In these three linked accounts we are offered a display of what appears to be David's capacity for combining political savvy with a surprising morality and genuine devotion to God. First, David spares a foolish King Saul (1, 24); next, he spares a boorish fool—and is spared from his own worst instincts (1, 25); then, once more, he spares foolish King Saul, displaying both political savvy and genuine devotion (1, 26).

Keywords:   flight from Saul, piety, surprising morality, genuine devotion, political savvy, worst instincts, Abigail

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