NASB — 1 Samuel 24 — KJV

David Spares Saul’s Life

1 Now awhen Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, bhe was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” 2 Then aSaul 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. 3 He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there [was] a cave; and Saul awent in to Irelieve himself. Now bDavid and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave. 4 The men of David said to him, “Behold, a[this is] the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold; bI am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good Ito you.’” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly. 5 It came about afterward that aDavid’s Iconscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s [robe]. 6 So he said to his men, “aFar 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.” 7 David Ipersuaded his men with [these] words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, IIleft the cave, and went on [his] way.

[1] a1S 23:28, 29 b1S 23:19
[2] a1S 26:2
[3] ILit cover his feet aJg 3:24 bPs 57: title; 142: title
[4] ILit in your sight a1S 23:17; 25:28-30 b1S 26:8, 11
[5] ILit heart struck a2S 24:10
[6] a1S 26:11
[7] ILit tore apart IILit from

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, aDavid bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself. 9 David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks Ito harm you’? 10 aBehold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and bsome 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.’ 11 Now, amy 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 Irebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you bare lying in wait for my life to take it. 12 aMay the LORD judge between Iyou and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘aOut of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? aA dead dog, ba single flea? 15 aThe LORD therefore be judge and decide between Iyou and me; and may He see and bplead my cause and IIdeliver me from your hand.”

[8] a1S 25:23, 24; 1K 1:31
[9] ILit your hurt
[10] aPs 7:3, 4 b1S 24:4
[11] ILit transgression a2K 5:13 b1S 23:14, 23; 26:20
[12] ILit me and you aGn 16:5; 31:53; Jg 11:27; 1S 26:10, 23
[13] aMt 7:16-20
[14] a2S 9:8 b1S 26:20
[15] ILit me and you IILit vindicate a1S 24:12 bPs 35:1; 43:1; 119:154; Mi 7:9

16 ¶ When David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, “aIs this your voice, my son David?” Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 17 aHe said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for byou have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you. 18 You have declared today that you have done good to me, that athe LORD delivered me into your hand and [yet] you did not kill me. 19 For if a man afinds his enemy, will he let him go away Isafely? May the LORD therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day. 20 Now, behold, aI know that you will surely be king, and that bthe kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand. 21 So now aswear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my Idescendants after me and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s household.” 22 David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to athe stronghold.

[16] a1S 26:17
[17] a1S 26:21 bMt 5:44
[18] a1S 26:23
[19] ILit on a good road a1S 23:17
[20] a1S 23:17 b1S 13:14
[21] ILit seed aGn 21:23; 1S 20:14-17; 2S 21:6-8
[22] a1S 23:29


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David in a cave at En-gedi, having cut off Saul's skirt, spareth his life.

1 ¶ And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David [is] in the wilderness of Engedi. 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats. 3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where [was] a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave. 4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily. 5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. 6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he [is] the anointed of the LORD. 7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on [his] way.

[1] 1S 23:19, 28, 29; Pv 25:5; 29:12; Ezk 22:9; Ho 7:3.
[2] 1S 13:2; Ps 37:32; 38:12; 104:18; 141:6.
[3] Jg 3:24; Ps 57:1; 141:6; 142:1.
[4] 1S 23:7; 24:10, 18; 26:8, 23; 2S 4:8; Jb 31:31.
[5] 2S 12:9; 24:10; 2K 22:19; 1Jn 3:20.
[6] 1S 26:9; 2S 1:14; 1K 21:3; Jb 31:29; Mt 5:44; Ro 12:14; 13:1; 1Th 5:15.
[7] 1S 25:33; Ps 7:4; Mt 5:44; Ro 12:17.

He sheweth thereby his innocency.

8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

[8] Gn 17:3; Ex 20:12; 1S 20:41; 25:23; 26:17; Ro 13:7; 1P 2:17.

9 ¶ And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt? 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and [some] bade [me] kill thee: but [mine eye] spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he [is] the LORD'S anointed. 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that [there is] neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it. 12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. 13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. 14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea. 15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.

[9] Lv 19:16; 1S 26:19; Ps 101:5; 141:6; Pv 16:28; 17:4; 18:8; 25:23; 26:20, 28; 29:12; Ec 7:21; Jm 3:6.
[10] 1S 24:4; 26:8, 9; Ps 105:15.
[11] 1S 18:27; 23:14, 23; 26:18, 20; 2K 5:13; Jb 10:16; Ps 7:3; 35:7; 140:11; Pv 15:1; Lm 4:18; Ezk 13:18; Mi 7:2; Jn 15:25.
[12] Gn 16:5; Jg 11:27; 1S 26:10, 11, 23; Jb 5:8; Ps 7:8; 35:1; 43:1; 94:1; Ro 12:19; 1P 2:23; Rv 6:10.
[13] Mt 7:16; 12:33; 15:19.
[14] Jg 8:1; 1S 17:43; 26:20; 2S 3:8; 6:20; 9:8; 16:9; 1K 21:7.
[15] 1S 24:12; 26:4; 2Ch 24:22; Ps 35:1; 43:1; 119:154; Mi 1:2; 7:9.

Saul, acknowledging his fault, taketh an oath of David, and departeth.

16 ¶ And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, [Is] this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept. 17 And he said to David, Thou [art] more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. 18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not. 19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day. 20 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand. 21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house. 22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.

[16] Gn 33:4; 1S 26:17; Jb 6:25; Pv 15:1; 25:11; Lk 21:15; Ac 6:10.
[17] Gn 38:26; Ex 9:27; 1S 26:21; Ps 37:6; Mt 5:44; 27:4; Ro 12:20.
[18] 1S 23:7, 12; 24:10; 26:8, 23; Ps 31:8.
[19] Jg 17:2; 1S 23:21; 26:25; Ps 18:20; Pv 25:21.
[20] 1S 20:30; 23:17; 2S 3:17; Jb 15:25; Mt 2:3, 13, 16.
[21] Gn 21:23; 31:48, 53; 1S 20:14; 2S 21:6; He 6:16.
[22] 1S 23:29; Pv 26:24; Mt 10:16; Jn 2:24.


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