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18 You have explained today how you have treated me well. The Lord delivered me into your hand, but you did not kill me. 19 Now if a man finds his enemy, does he send him on his way in good shape? May the Lord repay you with good this day for what you have done to me. 20 Now look, I realize that you will in fact be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. 21 So now swear to me in the Lord’s name[a] that you will not kill[b] my descendants after me or destroy my name from the house of my father.”

22 David promised Saul this on oath.[c] Then Saul went to his house, and David and his men went up to the stronghold.

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  1. 1 Samuel 24:21 tn Heb “by the Lord.”
  2. 1 Samuel 24:21 tn Heb “cut off.”
  3. 1 Samuel 24:22 tn Heb “and David swore an oath to Saul.”