The king called the Gibeonites and said to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites. And the children of Israel had sworn an oath to them, but Saul had sought to strike them down in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah); Bible

“zeal.” This is a great example of misplaced zeal that is sin in the eyes of God. There is both godly and ungodly zeal.

Commentary for: 2 Samuel 21:2