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1 Samuel 24

1 Samuel 24:1  
Now when Saul came back from fighting the Philistines, news was given him that David was in the waste land of En-gedi.

1 Samuel 24:2  
Then Saul took three thousand of the best men out of all Israel, and went in search of David and his men on the rocks of the mountain goats.

1 Samuel 24:3  
And on the way he came to a place where sheep were kept, where there was a hollow in the rock; and Saul went in for a private purpose. Now David and his men were in the deepest part of the hollow.

1 Samuel 24:4  
And David's men said to him, Now is the time when the Lord says to you, I will give up your hater into your hands to do with him whatever seems good to you. Then David, getting up, took the skirt of Saul's robe in his hand, cutting off the end of it without his knowledge.

1 Samuel 24:5  
And later, David was full of regret for cutting off Saul's skirt.

1 Samuel 24:6  
And David said to his men, Before the Lord, never let it be said that my hand was lifted up against my lord, the man of the Lord's selection, for the Lord's holy oil has been put on him.

1 Samuel 24:7  
So with these words David kept his servants back, and did not let them make an attack on Saul. And Saul got up and went on his way.

1 Samuel 24:8  
And after that David came out of the hollow rock, and crying after Saul said, My lord the king. And when Saul gave a look back, David went down on his face and gave him honour.

1 Samuel 24:9  
And David said to Saul, Why do you give any attention to those who say that it is my desire to do you wrong?

1 Samuel 24:10  
Look! you have seen today how the Lord gave you up into my hands even now in the hollow of the rocks: and some would have had me put you to death, but I had pity on you: for I said, Never will my hand be lifted up against my lord, who has been marked with the holy oil.

1 Samuel 24:11  
And see, my father, see the skirt of your robe in my hand: for the fact that I took off the skirt of your robe and did not put you to death is witness that I have no evil purpose, and I have done you no wrong, though you are waiting for my life to take it.

1 Samuel 24:12  
May the Lord be judge between me and you, and may the Lord give me my rights against you, but my hand will never be lifted up against you.

1 Samuel 24:13  
There is an old saying, From the evil-doer comes evil: but my hand will never be lifted up against you.

1 Samuel 24:14  
After whom has the king of Israel come out? for whom are you searching? for a dead dog, an insect.

1 Samuel 24:15  
So let the Lord be judge, and give a decision between me and you, and see and give support to my cause, and keep me from falling into your hands.

1 Samuel 24:16  
Now when David had said these words to Saul, Saul said, Is this your voice, David, my son? And Saul was overcome with weeping.

1 Samuel 24:17  
And he said to David, You are right and I am wrong: for you have given me back good, but I have given you evil.

1 Samuel 24:18  
And you have made clear to me how good you have been to me today: because, when the Lord gave me up into your hands, you did not put me to death.

1 Samuel 24:19  
If a man comes across his hater, will he let him get away safe? so may you be rewarded by the Lord for what you have done for me today.

1 Samuel 24:20  
And now I am certain that you will be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be made strong under your authority.

1 Samuel 24:21  
So give me your oath by the Lord, that you will not put an end to my seed after me or let my name be cut off from my father's family.

1 Samuel 24:22  
And David gave Saul his oath. And Saul went back to his house; but David and his men went up to their safe place.


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