1 Samuel 24

David Spares Saul’s Life

Now a when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, b he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” Then c Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul d went in to
Lit cover his feet
relieve himself. Now f David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.
The men of David said to him, “Behold g  this is the day of which the  Lord said to you, ‘Behold; h I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good
Lit in your sight
to you.’” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly.
It came about afterward that j David’s
Lit heart struck
conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.
So he said to his men l Far be it from me because of the  Lord that I should do this thing to my lord, the  Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the  Lord’s anointed.” David
Lit tore apart
persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose
Lit from
left the cave, and went on his way.

Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, o David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself. David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks
Lit your hurt
to harm you’?
10  q Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the  Lord had given you today into my hand in the cave, and r some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the  Lord’s anointed.’ 11 “Now, s my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or
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rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you u are lying in wait for my life to take it.
12  v “May the  Lord judge between
Lit me and you
you and me, and may the  Lord avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.
13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘ x Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? y A dead dog, z a single flea? 15  aa “The  Lord therefore be judge and decide between
Lit me and you
you and me; and may He see and ac plead my cause and
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deliver me from your hand.”

16 When David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said ae Is this your voice, my son David?” Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 17  af He said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for ag you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you. 18 You have declared today that you have done good to me, that ah the  Lord delivered me into your hand and yet you did not kill me. 19 For if a man ai finds his enemy, will he let him go away
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safely? May the  Lord therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day.
20 Now, behold, ak I know that you will surely be king, and that al the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand. 21 So now am swear to me by the  Lord that you will not cut off my
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descendants after me and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s household.”
22 David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to ao the stronghold.
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