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If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,
Or (A)have plundered my enemy without cause,

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So David (A)restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way.

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Thus (A)they have rewarded me evil for good,
And hatred for my love.

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20 He has (A)put forth his hands against those who (B)were at peace with him;
He has broken his [a]covenant.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 55:20 treaty

20 (A)Shall evil be repaid for good?
For they have (B)dug a pit for my life.
Remember that I (C)stood before You
To speak good [a]for them,
To turn away Your wrath from them.
21 Therefore (D)deliver up their children to the famine,
And pour out their blood
By the force of the sword;
Let their wives become widows
And (E)bereaved of their children.
Let their men be put to death,
Their young men be slain
By the sword in battle.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 18:20 concerning

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
(A)But the Lord tests the hearts.

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24 And indeed, as your life was valued much this day in my eyes, so let my life be valued much in the eyes of the Lord, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation.”

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21 Then Saul said, (A)“I have sinned. Return, my son David. For I will harm you no more, because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Indeed I have played the fool and erred exceedingly.”

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But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; (A)for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” 10 David said furthermore, “As the Lord lives, (B)the Lord shall strike him, or (C)his day shall come to die, or he shall (D)go out to battle and perish. 11 (E)The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. But please, take now the spear and the jug of water that are by his head, and let us go.” 12 So David took the spear and the jug of water by Saul’s head, and they got away; and no man saw or knew it or awoke. For they were all asleep, because (F)a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen on them.

13 Now David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of a hill afar off, a great distance being between them. 14 And David called out to the people and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, “Do you not answer, Abner?”

Then Abner answered and said, “Who are you, calling out to the king?”

15 So David said to Abner, “Are you not a man? And who is like you in Israel? Why then have you not guarded your lord the king? For one of the people came in to destroy your lord the king. 16 This thing that you have done is not good. As the Lord lives, you deserve to die, because you have not guarded your master, the Lord’s anointed. And now see where the king’s spear is, and the jug of water that was by his head.”

17 Then Saul knew David’s voice, and said, (G)Is that your voice, my son David?”

David said, “It is my voice, my lord, O king.”

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28 Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant. For (A)the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord (B)fights the battles of the Lord, (C)and evil is not found in you throughout your days. 29 Yet a man has risen to pursue you and seek your life, but the life of my lord shall be (D)bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; and the lives of your enemies He shall (E)sling out, as from the pocket of a sling.

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17 (A)Then he said to David: “You are (B)more righteous than I; for (C)you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil. 18 And you have shown this day how you have dealt well with me; for when (D)the Lord delivered me into your hand, you did not kill me. 19 For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him get away safely? Therefore may the Lord reward you with good for what you have done to me this day.

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10 Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11 Moreover, my father, see! Yes, see the corner of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the corner of your robe, and did not kill you, know and see that there is (A)neither evil nor rebellion in my hand, and I have not sinned against you. Yet you (B)hunt my life to take it. 12 (C)Let the Lord judge between you and me, and let the Lord avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, (D)‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ But my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? (E)A dead dog? (F)A flea? 15 (G)Therefore let the Lord be judge, and judge between you and me, and (H)see and (I)plead my case, and deliver me out of your hand.”

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14 So Ahimelech answered the king and said, “And who among all your servants is as (A)faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, who goes at your bidding, and is honorable in your house?

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Jonathan’s Loyalty to David

20 Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and went and said to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity, and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?”

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Thus Jonathan (A)spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king (B)sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you. For he took his (C)life in his hands and (D)killed the Philistine, and (E)the Lord brought about a great deliverance for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced. (F)Why then will you (G)sin against innocent blood, to kill David without a cause?”

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When they had gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, “Get up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you (A)repaid evil for good?

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