7 He said to his men, “Hashem forbid that I should do such a thing to my lord—Hashem‘s anointed—that I should raise my hand against him; for he is Hashem‘s anointed.”
va-YO-mer l’-a-na-SHAV kha-LEE-lah LEE may-a-do-NAI im e-e-SEH et ha-da-VAR ha-ZEH la-do-NEE lim-SHEE-akh a-do-NAI lish-LO-akh ya-DEE BO kee m’-SHEE-akh a-do-NAI HU
ז וַיֹּאמֶר לַאֲנָשָׁיו חָלִילָה לִּי מֵיהֹוָה אִם־אֶעֱשֶׂה אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה לַאדֹנִי לִמְשִׁיחַ יְהֹוָה לִשְׁלֹחַ יָדִי בּוֹ כִּי־מְשִׁיחַ יְהֹוָה הוּא׃
24:7 Hashem forbid that I
Though David could have legitimately killed King Shaul in self-defense, he merely cuts his royal cloak, and refrains from harming him physically. However, despite this extreme restraint, after the fact David greatly regrets his act, feeling that he has shown disrespect to the king of Israel. Despite everything Shaul had done to him, David honors King Shaul and his position as the anointed king of Israel. This esteem continues until the very end, expressed in the beautiful eulogy he delivers for Shaul after his death (see II Samuel 1:17-27). The leaders of the nation must be respected by all, as they are chosen by Hashem and charged with the responsibility of leading His people and guiding them in their holy mission. David has the strength and wisdom to understand this, even while being pursued by the king whose throne he would later inherit.