1 Samuel 24:10-20 NIV

10 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.'

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      11 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.7

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      12 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.

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      13 As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,10' so my hand will not touch you.

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      14 "Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog?11 A flea?12

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      15 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."

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      16 When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice,18 David my son?" And he wept aloud.

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      17 "You are more righteous than I,"19 he said. "You have treated me well,20 but I have treated you badly.21

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      18 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.

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      19 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.

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      20 I know that you will surely be king24 and that the kingdom25 of Israel will be established in your hands.

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