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1 Samuel 24:3 KJV

3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.

Its not clear what this phrase refers to since one translation seems to refer to it as relieving oneself.

1 Samuel 24:3 NASB

3 He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to [a]relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.

Does this phrase refer to relieving oneself or sleeping?

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    Hiph. Impf. 3 ms. יָ֑סֶךְ לָךְ ψ 91:4, וַיָּ֑סֶךְ Ex 40:21 + 2 times; 2 ms. תָּסֵךְ ψ 5:12; Inf. cstr. הָסֵךְ 1 S 24:4; Pt. מֵסִיךְ Je 3:24 (Ges 67 );—screen, cover, 1. specif. c. אֶת־רַגְלָיו, i.e. with long garments, euphemism for evacuating the bowels, from posture assumed, so inf. Ju 3:24, pt. 1 S 24:4 (cf. NH הֵסֵיךְ, and v. GFM, HPS). Brown, F., Driver, S. R., & Briggs, C. A. (1977). Enhanced Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (p. 697). Oxford: Clarendon Press. – Perry Webb Aug 7 '18 at 8:00
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    @perrywebb that sounds suspiciously like an answer... – רבות מחשבות Aug 7 '18 at 12:11
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    That IS the answer - place it in the answer box. – user25930 Aug 7 '18 at 12:45
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    @DrPeterMcGowan I guess where I'm subtle, you are explicit... – רבות מחשבות Aug 7 '18 at 21:50
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According to the BDB Lexicon the Hebrew translated to "cover his feet" by the KJV (literal translation of לְהָסֵ֣ךְ אֶת־רַגְלָ֑יו) is a euphemism for emptying the bowels:

Hiph. Impf. 3 ms. יָ֑סֶךְ לָךְ ψ 91:4, וַיָּ֑סֶךְ Ex 40:21 + 2 times; 2 ms. תָּסֵךְ ψ 5:12; Inf. cstr. הָסֵךְ 1 S 24:4; Pt. מֵסִיךְ Je 3:24 (Ges 67 );—screen, cover, 1. specif. c. אֶת־רַגְלָיו, i.e. with long garments, euphemism for evacuating the bowels, from posture assumed, so inf. Ju 3:24, pt. 1 S 24:4 (cf. NH הֵסֵיךְ, and v. GFM, HPS). Brown, F., Driver, S. R., & Briggs, C. A. (1977).

Enhanced Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (p. 697). Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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