David Spares Saul’s Life

24 [a]After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.(A) So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look(B) for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.

He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave(C) was there, and Saul went in to relieve(D) himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke(E) of when he said[b] to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’”(F) Then David crept up unnoticed and cut(G) off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Afterward, David was conscience-stricken(H) for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed,(I) or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

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  1. 1 Samuel 24:1 In Hebrew texts 24:1-22 is numbered 24:2-23.
  2. 1 Samuel 24:4 Or “Today the Lord is saying


24 扫罗追赶非利士人回来,有人告诉他说,大卫隐基底的旷野。 扫罗就从以色列人中挑选三千精兵,率领他们往野羊的磐石去,寻索大卫和跟随他的人。 到了路旁的羊圈,在那里有洞,扫罗进去大解。大卫和跟随他的人正藏在洞里的深处。 跟随的人对大卫说:“耶和华曾应许你说:‘我要将你的仇敌交在你手里,你可以任意待他。’如今时候到了!”大卫就起来,悄悄地割下扫罗外袍的衣襟。 随后大卫心中自责,因为割下扫罗的衣襟, 对跟随他的人说:“我的主乃是耶和华的受膏者,我在耶和华面前万不敢伸手害他,因他是耶和华的受膏者。” 大卫用这话拦住跟随他的人,不容他们起来害扫罗扫罗起来,从洞里出去行路。

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