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1 Samuel

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. 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. 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. 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.