1 Samuel 24
David in a cave at En-gedi, having cut off Saul's skirt, spareth his life.
1 Samuel 24:1 When Saul was come agayne from folowing after the Philistines, it fortuned, that there were, which told him saying: beholde, Dauid is in þe wildernesse of Engadi. 1 Samuel 24:2 Then Saul toke thre thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seke Dauid and his men in the height of the Rockes, where wilde gootes remayne. 1 Samuel 24:3 And he cam to the flockes of shepe in the waye. And Saul went in to a caue to couer his fete. And Dauid and hys men remayned in the inward partes of the caue. 1 Samuel 24:4 And the men of Dauid sayd vnto him: se, þe daye is come, of which the Lorde sayde vnto the: Beholde: I will delyuer thyne enemyes into thyne hand, & þu shalt do to him as it shall seme good in thy syght. Then Dauid arose and cutt of a lappe of Sauls garment priuelye. 1 Samuel 24:5 And immediatly Dauids hert smote hym because he had cutt of a lapp of Sauls garment. 1 Samuel 24:6 And he sayde vnto his men: the Lorde kepe me from doing that thing vnto my master þe Lords anoynted, to laye mine hande vpon hym, seyng he is the anoynted of the Lorde. 1 Samuel 24:7 And so Dauid kept of hys seruauntes with these wordes, and soffred them not to ryse agaynst Saul. But Saul rose vp out of the caue & went awaye,
He sheweth thereby his innocency.
1 Samuel 24:8 Dauid also arose and went out of of the caue, and cryed after Saul, saying: My Lorde kyng. And when Saul loked behynde hym. Dauid stowped to the erth, and bowed him self,
1 Samuel 24:9 & sayd to Saul: wherfore geuest thou an eare to mennes wordes that saye, Dauid seketh euell agaynst the? 1 Samuel 24:10 Beholde, this daye thyne eyes haue sene. how that the Lord had delyuered the thys daye into myne hand in the caue. And some bad me kyll the, but I had compassion on the, and sayde: I will not laye my handes on my master, for he is the Lordes anointed. 1 Samuel 24:11 And moreouer, my father, behold, & se yet the lapp of thy garment in my hand: in as moch as I kylled the not, when I cutt of þe lapp of thy garment. Understande therfore & se, þt there is nether euell nor wickednesse in me, and that I haue not synned agaynst the. And yet thou huntest after my soule to take it. 1 Samuel 24:12 The Lord be iudge betwene the and me, and the Lorde aduenge me of the. But myne hand be not vpon the. 1 Samuel 24:13 Accordyng as the olde prouerbe sayeth: wyckednesse proceadeth from the wycked: But myne hande be not vpon the. 1 Samuel 24:14 After whom is the kyng of Israel come out? After whom dost thou moue persecucion? after a deed dogg, and after a flee. 1 Samuel 24:15 The Lorde be iudge, and iudge betwene the and me, & se & pleate my cause, and avenge me of thyne hande.
Saul, acknowledging his fault, taketh an oath of David, and departeth.
1 Samuel 24:16 When Dauid had made an ende of speaking these wordes to Saul, Saul sayde is this thy voyce my sonne Dauid? and Saul lyfte vp his voyce, and wepte, 1 Samuel 24:17 and sayde to Dauid: thou art ryghteouser then I, for thou hast rewarded me with good, where as I haue rewarded the wyth euell. 1 Samuel 24:18 And thou hast shewed thys daye, how that thou hast dealt louynglye wyth me, for as moche as when the Lorde had locked me in thyne handes, þu kylledst me not. 1 Samuel 24:19 For who shall finde his enemye, & lett him depart in to a good waye? Wherfore the Lord reward þe with good, for that thou hast done vnto me this daye. 1 Samuel 24:20 And now beholde, I wote well that thou shalt be kyng, and that the kingdom of Israel shalbe stablyshed in thyne hande. 1 Samuel 24:21 Swere now therfore vnto me by the Lord that thou shalt not destroye my seade after me, & that thou shalt not put my name out of my fathers house. 1 Samuel 24:22 And Dauid sware vnto Saul, and Saul went home. But Dauid and his men gatt them vp vnto an hold.