See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut1 off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty2 of wrongdoing3 or rebellion. I have not wronged4 you, but you are hunting5 me down to take my life.612
May the LORD judge7 between you and me. And may the LORD avenge8 the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.
As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,9' so my hand will not touch you.
"Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog?10 A flea?1115
May the LORD be our judge12 and decide13 between us. May he consider my cause and uphold14 it; may he vindicate15 me by delivering16 me from your hand."
When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice,17 David my son?" And he wept aloud.
"You are more righteous than I,"18 he said. "You have treated me well,19 but I have treated you badly.2018
You have just now told me of the good you did to me; the LORD delivered21 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 reward22 you well for the way you treated me today.
I know that you will surely be king23 and that the kingdom24 of Israel will be established in your hands.
Now swear25 to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's family.26"