Saul Tries to Kill David with His Javelin

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“And an evil spirit from Jehovah was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David was playing with his hand. And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the spear; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the spear into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.” I Samuel 19:9-10 ASV

Illustration of Saul, javelin raised and pointed at David, in a rage as David plays his harp. David’s left hand is raised to shield himself. An adviser sits to the right of Saul. A young boy, perhaps Jonathan, stands against a column to Saul’s left. A dog stands at the boy’s feet. The room has arched windows that open up on to the town.


Right Rev. Richard Gilmour, D.D. Bible History: Containing the Most Remarkable Events of the Old and New Testaments, with a Compendium of Church History (New York, NEW YORK (NY): Benziger Brothers, 1904) 74


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