Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
“Cruse” is used nine times in the Old Testament KJV Bible. It is always used in the
sense of some kind of bottle, pitcher, bowl or other container and usually was used
to hold a liquid such as wine, oil, or honey. Probably the “cruse” of the Old Testament
would have had a covering just like bottles today have caps.
Perhaps one of the best know passages which uses the word cruse is found in 1 Sam.
26:12 where we read of the time when Saul, chasing David to kill him, was sleep-
ing. David and Abishai went into the middle of the camp of soldiers that sur-
rounded Saul to protect him. Abishai wanted to kill Saul, but David, exercising
beautiful faith in God would not allow him to do that. We read instead; “David took
the spear and the cruse [bottle] of water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them
away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep;
because a deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them”. Perhaps we can learn a
wonderful lesson from this when we are confronted with those who, because of our
Christian faith, try to do harmful or hurtful things to us. Instead of fighting back or
defending ourselves, Christians are to love your enemies and to do good to them that
hate you. We can ask God for wisdom to remove the ability to fight (the spear) and
the source (the cruse of water) that gives a reason for the animosity directed toward
us. The Lord is completely able to help in each situation, just as He helped David do
the right and honoring thing to Saul that night so long ago.