This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared1 you; I said, 'I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD's anointed.'
See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut2 off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty3 of wrongdoing4 or rebellion. I have not wronged5 you, but you are hunting6 me down to take my life.712
May the LORD judge8 between you and me. And may the LORD avenge9 the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.
As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,10' so my hand will not touch you.
"Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog?11 A flea?1215
May the LORD be our judge13 and decide14 between us. May he consider my cause and uphold15 it; may he vindicate16 me by delivering17 me from your hand."
When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice,18 David my son?" And he wept aloud.
"You are more righteous than I,"19 he said. "You have treated me well,20 but I have treated you badly.2118
You have just now told me of the good you did to me; the LORD delivered22 me into your hands, but you did not kill me.
When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward23 you well for the way you treated me today.
I know that you will surely be king24 and that the kingdom25 of Israel will be established in your hands.