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1 Samuel 24 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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David Spares Saul's Life

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:1 - Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:2 - Then 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:3 - He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to [fn]relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:4 - The men of David said to him, “Behold, this is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good [fn]to you.’” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:5 - It came about afterward that David’s [fn]conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:6 - So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORDS anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORDS anointed.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:7 - David [fn]persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, [fn]left the cave, and went on his way.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:8 - 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, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:9 - David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks [fn]to harm you’?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:10 - “Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and 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 LORDS anointed.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:11 - “Now, 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 [fn]rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:12 - “May the LORD judge between [fn]you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:13 - “As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:14 - “After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:15 - “The LORD therefore be judge and decide between [fn]you and me; and may He see and plead my cause and [fn]deliver me from your hand.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:16 - When David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:17 - He said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:18 - “You have declared today that you have done good to me, that the LORD delivered me into your hand and yet you did not kill me.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:19 - “For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away [fn]safely? May the LORD therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:20 - “Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:21 - “So now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my [fn]descendants after me and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s household.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:22 - David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: cover his feet
Literally: in your sight
Literally: heart struck
Literally: tore apart
Literally: from
Literally: your hurt
Literally: transgression
Literally: me and you
Literally: me and you
Literally: vindicate
Literally: on a good road
Literally: seed

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