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.

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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

14 “Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog?(A) A flea?(B) 15 May the Lord be our judge(C) and decide(D) between us. May he consider my cause and uphold(E) it; may he vindicate(F) me by delivering(G) me from your hand.”

16 When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice,(H) David my son?” And he wept aloud. 17 “You are more righteous than I,”(I) he said. “You have treated me well,(J) but I have treated you badly.(K) 18 You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the Lord delivered(L) me into your hands, but you did not kill me.

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