So Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look1 for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.
He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave2 was there, and Saul went in to relieve3 himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.
The men said, "This is the day the LORD spoke4 of when he saida to you, 'I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.' "5 Then David crept up unnoticed and cut6 off a corner of Saul's robe.
Afterward, David was conscience-stricken7 for having cut off a corner of his robe.
He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD's anointed,8 or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD."
With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, "My lord the king!" When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.99
He said to Saul, "Why do you listen10 when men say, 'David is bent on harming11 you'?
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 spared12 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 cut13 off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty14 of wrongdoing15 or rebellion. I have not wronged16 you, but you are hunting17 me down to take my life.1812
May the LORD judge19 between you and me. And may the LORD avenge20 the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.