As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,1' so my hand will not touch you.
"Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog?2 A flea?315
May the LORD be our judge4 and decide5 between us. May he consider my cause and uphold6 it; may he vindicate7 me by delivering8 me from your hand."
When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice,9 David my son?" And he wept aloud.
"You are more righteous than I,"10 he said. "You have treated me well,11 but I have treated you badly.1218
You have just now told me of the good you did to me; the LORD delivered13 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 reward14 you well for the way you treated me today.
I know that you will surely be king15 and that the kingdom16 of Israel will be established in your hands.
Now swear17 to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's family.18"
So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.19