1 Samuel 24
David in a cave at En-gedi, having cut off Saul's skirt, spareth his life.
1 Samuel 24:1 And it cometh to pass when Saul hath turned back from after the Philistines, that they declare to him, saying, 'Lo, David [is] in the wilderness of En-gedi.' 1 Samuel 24:2 And Saul taketh three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and goeth to seek David and his men, on the front of the rocks of the wild goats, 1 Samuel 24:3 and he cometh in unto folds of the flock, on the way, and there [is] a cave, and Saul goeth in to cover his feet; and David and his men in the sides of the cave are abiding. 1 Samuel 24:4 And the men of David say unto him, 'Lo, the day of which Jehovah said unto thee, Lo, I am giving thine enemy into thy hand, and thou hast done to him as it is good in thine eyes;' and David riseth and cutteth off the skirt of the upper robe which [is] on Saulgently. 1 Samuel 24:5 And it cometh to pass afterwards that the heart of David smiteth him, because that he hath cut off the skirt which [is] on Saul, 1 Samuel 24:6 and he saith to his men, 'Far be it from me, by Jehovah; I do not do this thing to my lordto the anointed of Jehovahto put forth my hand against him, for the anointed of Jehovah he [is].' 1 Samuel 24:7 And David subdueth his men by words, and hath not permitted them to rise against Saul; and Saul hath risen from the cave, and goeth on the way;
He sheweth thereby his innocency.
1 Samuel 24:8 and David riseth afterwards, and goeth out from the cave, and calleth after Saul, saying, 'My lord, O king!' And Saul looketh attentively behind him, and David bowethface to the earthand doth obeisance.
1 Samuel 24:9 And David saith to Saul, 'Why dost thou hear the words of man, saying, Lo, David is seeking thine evil? 1 Samuel 24:10 Lo, this day have thine eyes seen how that Jehovah hath given thee to-day into my hand in the cave; and [one] said to slay thee, and [mine eye] hath pity on thee, and I say, I do not put forth my hand against my lord, for the anointed of Jehovah he [is]. 1 Samuel 24:11 'And, my father, see, yea see the skirt of thine upper robe in my hand; for by cutting off the skirt of thy upper robe, and I have not slain thee, know and see that there is not in my hand evil and transgression, and I have not sinned against thee, and thou art hunting my soul to take it! 1 Samuel 24:12 'Jehovah doth judge between me and thee, and Jehovah hath avenged me of thee, and my hand is not on thee; 1 Samuel 24:13 as saith the simile of the ancients, From the wicked goeth out wickedness, and my hand is not on thee. 1 Samuel 24:14 'After whom hath the king of Israel come out? after whom art thou pursuing?after a dead dog! after one flea! 1 Samuel 24:15 And Jehovah hath been for judge, and hath judged between me and thee, yea, he seeth and pleadeth my cause, and doth deliver me out of thy hand.'
Saul, acknowledging his fault, taketh an oath of David, and departeth.
1 Samuel 24:16 And it cometh to pass, when David completeth to speak these words unto Saul, that Saul saith, 'Is this thy voice, my son David?' and Saul lifteth up his voice, and weepeth. 1 Samuel 24:17 And he saith unto David, 'More righteous thou [art] than I; for thou hast done me good, and I have done thee evil; 1 Samuel 24:18 and thou hast declared to-day how that thou hast done good with me, how that Jehovah shut me up into thy hand, and thou didst not slay me, 1 Samuel 24:19 and that a man doth find his enemy, and hath sent him away in a good manner; and Jehovah doth repay thee good for that which thou didst to me this day. 1 Samuel 24:20 'And, now, lo, I have known that thou dost certainly reign, and the kingdom of Israel hath stood in thy hand; 1 Samuel 24:21 and, now, swear to me by Jehovahthou dost not cut off my seed after me, nor dost thou destroy my name from the house of my father.' 1 Samuel 24:22 And David sweareth to Saul, and Saul goeth unto his house, and David and his men have gone up unto the fortress.