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1 Samuel 24 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:1 - When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of En-ge'di."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:2 - Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats' Rocks.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:3 - And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:4 - And the men of David said to him, "Here is the day of which the LORD said to you, 'Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.'" Then David arose and stealthily cut off the skirt of Saul's robe.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:5 - And afterward David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:6 - He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD'S anointed, to put forth my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD'S anointed."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:7 - So David persuaded his men with these words, and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave, and went upon his way.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:8 - Afterward David also arose, and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth, and did obeisance.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:9 - And David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of men who say, 'Behold, David seeks your hurt'?

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:10 - Lo, this day your eyes have seen how the LORD gave you today into my hand in the cave; and some bade me kill you, but I spared you. I said, 'I will not put forth my hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed.'

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:11 - See, my father, see the skirt of your robe in my hand; for by the fact that I cut off the skirt of your robe, and did not kill you, you may know and see that there is no wrong or treason in my hands. I have not sinned against you, though you hunt my life to take it.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:12 - May the LORD judge between me and you, may the LORD avenge me upon 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? After whom do you pursue? After a dead dog! After a flea!

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:15 - May the LORD therefore be judge, and give sentence between me and you, and see to it, and plead my cause, and 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?" And 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 repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:18 - And you have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the LORD put me into your hands.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:19 - For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the LORD reward you with good for what you have done to me this day.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:20 - And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:21 - Swear to me therefore by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 24:22 - And David swore this to Saul. Then Saul went home; but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

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