May the LORD judge1 between you and me. And may the LORD avenge2 the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.
As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,3' so my hand will not touch you.
"Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog?4 A flea?515
May the LORD be our judge6 and decide7 between us. May he consider my cause and uphold8 it; may he vindicate9 me by delivering10 me from your hand."
When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice,11 David my son?" And he wept aloud.
"You are more righteous than I,"12 he said. "You have treated me well,13 but I have treated you badly.1418
You have just now told me of the good you did to me; the LORD delivered15 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 reward16 you well for the way you treated me today.
I know that you will surely be king17 and that the kingdom18 of Israel will be established in your hands.
Now swear19 to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's family.20"
So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.21