1 Samuel 26:4
New International Version
he sent out scouts and learned that Saul had definitely arrived.

New Living Translation
he sent out spies to verify the report of Saul’s arrival.

English Standard Version
David sent out spies and learned that Saul had indeed come.

Berean Study Bible
David sent out spies to verify that Saul had arrived.

King James Bible
David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

New King James Version
David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul had indeed come.

New American Standard Bible
David sent out spies, and he learned that Saul was definitely coming.

NASB 1995
David sent out spies, and he knew that Saul was definitely coming.

NASB 1977
David sent out spies, and he knew that Saul was definitely coming.

Amplified Bible
David sent out spies, and he learned that Saul was definitely coming.

Christian Standard Bible
So David sent out spies and knew for certain that Saul had come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So David sent out spies and knew for certain that Saul had come.

American Standard Version
David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come of a certainty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And David sent spies and knew that Shaul came after him

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And David sent spies, and ascertained that Saul was come prepared out of Keila.

Contemporary English Version
he sent some spies to find out if it was true.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He sent spies, and learned that he was most certainly come thither.

English Revised Version
David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come of a certainty.

Good News Translation
he sent spies and found out that Saul was indeed there.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David sent spies to confirm that Saul had arrived.

International Standard Version
David sent out spies and found out for certain that Saul had arrived.

JPS Tanakh 1917
David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come of a certainty.

Literal Standard Version
and David sends spies, and knows that Saul has come to Nachon,

NET Bible
David sent scouts and verified that Saul had indeed arrived.

New Heart English Bible
David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul had certainly come.

World English Bible
David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul had certainly come.

Young's Literal Translation
and David sendeth spies, and knoweth that Saul hath come unto Nachon,

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Again Spares Saul
3Saul camped beside the road at the hill of Hachilah opposite Jeshimon, but David was living in the wilderness. When he realized that Saul had followed him there, 4David sent out spies to verify that Saul had arrived. 5Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw the place where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the general of his army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the inner circle of the camp, with the troops camped around him.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 26:3
Saul camped beside the road at the hill of Hachilah opposite Jeshimon, but David was living in the wilderness. When he realized that Saul had followed him there,

1 Samuel 26:5
Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw the place where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the general of his army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the inner circle of the camp, with the troops camped around him.


Treasury of Scripture

David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

Joshua 2:1
And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
David
דָּוִ֖ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

sent out
וַיִּשְׁלַ֥ח (way·yiš·laḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

spies
מְרַגְּלִ֑ים (mə·rag·gə·lîm)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 7270: To walk along, to reconnoiter, to be a, tale-bearer, to lead about

to verify
וַיֵּ֕דַע (way·yê·ḏa‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

Saul
שָׁא֖וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

had arrived.
בָ֥א (ḇā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go


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