1 Samuel 24:11-21 NIV

11 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.6

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12 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.

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13 As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,9' 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?10 A flea?11

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15 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."

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16 When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice,17 David my son?" And he wept aloud.

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17 "You are more righteous than I,"18 he said. "You have treated me well,19 but I have treated you badly.20

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18 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.

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19 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.

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20 I know that you will surely be king23 and that the kingdom24 of Israel will be established in your hands.

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21 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"

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