1 Samuel 24
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1 Samuel 24
David Spares Saul`s Life...
And it came to be, when Sha`ul had returned from pursuing the Philistines, that it was reported to him, saying, `See, Dawid is in the Wilderness of En Gedi.`
So Sha'ul took three thousand chosen men from all Yisra'el, and went to seek Dawid and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats.
And he came to the sheepfolds, on the way, and there was a cave. And Sha'ul went in to relieve himself. Now Dawid and his men were sitting in the sides of the cave.
And the men of Dawid said to him, 'See, the day of which YHWH said to you, 'See, I am giving your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you!'' And Dawid arose and gently cut off a corner of Sha'ul's robe.
And it came to be afterward that the heart of Dawid smote him because he had cut the robe of Sha'ul.
So he said to his men, 'Far be it from me, by YHWH, that I should do this matter to my master, anointed of YHWH, to stretch out my hand against him, for he is the anointed of YHWH.'
And Dawid dispersed his servants with words, and did not allow them to rise against Sha'ul. And Sha'ul rose up from the cave and went on his way.
And afterward Dawid arose and went out of the cave, and called out to Sha'ul, saying, 'My master the sovereign!' And when Sha'ul looked behind him, Dawid bowed with his face to the earth, and did obeisance.
And Dawid said to Sha'ul, 'Why do you listen to the words of men who say, 'See, Dawid seeks to do you evil'?
'See, this day your eyes have seen that YHWH gave you today into my hand in the cave, and one said to slay you. But my eye pardoned you, and I said, 'I do not stretch out my hand against my master, for he is the anointed of YHWH.'
'And my father, see! Yea, see the corner of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the corner of your robe, and did not slay you, know and see that there is neither evil nor rebellion in my hand, and I have not sinned against you, while you are hunting my life to take it.
'Let YHWH judge between you and me, and let YHWH revenge me on you, but my hand is not against you.
'As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Wrong comes from the wrongdoer.' But my hand is not against you.
'After whom has the sovereign of Yisra'el come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea?
'And YHWH shall be judge, and rightly rule between you and me, and see and plead my case, and rightly rule me out of your hand.'
And it came to be, when Dawid had ended speaking these words to Sha'ul, that Sha'ul said, 'Is this your voice, my son Dawid?' So Sha'ul lifted up his voice and wept.
And he said to Dawid, 'You are more righteous than I, for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil.
'And you have shown today how you have done good to me, for when YHWH surrendered me into your hand you did not slay me.
'For if a man finds his enemy, shall he let him get away safely? And let YHWH reward you with good for what you have done to me today.
'And now look, I know that you shall certainly reign, and that the reign of Yisra'el shall be established in your hand.
'And now, swear to me by YHWH that you do not cut off my seed after me, nor destroy my name from my father's house.'
And Dawid swore to Sha'ul. Then Sha'ul went home, and Dawid and his men went up to the stronghold.
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