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1 Samuel 26:18-20 New English Translation (NET Bible)

18 He went on to say, “Why is my lord chasing his servant? What have I done? What wrong have I done?[a] 19 So let my lord the king now listen to the words of his servant. If the Lord has incited you against me, may he take delight in[b] an offering. But if men have instigated this,[c] may they be cursed before the Lord! For they have driven me away this day from being united with the Lord’s inheritance, saying, ‘Go on, serve other gods!’ 20 Now don’t let my blood fall to the ground away from the Lord’s presence, for the king of Israel has gone out to look for a flea the way one looks for a partridge[d] in the hill country.”


  1. 1 Samuel 26:18 tn Heb “What in my hand [is] evil?”
  2. 1 Samuel 26:19 tn Heb “may he smell.” The implication is that Saul should seek to appease God, for such divine instigation to evil would be a sign of God’s disfavor. For a fuller discussion of this passage see R. B. Chisholm, Jr., “Does God Deceive?” BSac 155 (1998): 19-21.
  3. 1 Samuel 26:19 tn Heb “but if the sons of men.”
  4. 1 Samuel 26:20 tn Heb “the calling [one],” which apparently refers to a partridge.
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