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24:8 Jud 9:7
David, by retiring to a place of safety before he called to
Abner, seems to have manifested more distrust of Saul than he
had done on a former occasion. Yet he desired that Saul and
all Israel should be informed of his conduct at this time.
Abner and his soldiers, by neglecting to guard Saul when he
slept, had exposed his life, and merited to be treated as his
enemies, though he confided in them as friends; for, although
their sound sleep was undoubtedly supernatural, yet there
might be a neglect of placing sentinels, arising from contempt
of David's small company. Saul also deemed David his enemy,
though he had before spared and protected his life.