1 Samuel 24:13-22 NIV

13 As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,1' 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?2 A flea?3

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15 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."

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16 When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice,9 David my son?" And he wept aloud.

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17 "You are more righteous than I,"10 he said. "You have treated me well,11 but I have treated you badly.12

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18 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.

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19 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.

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20 I know that you will surely be king15 and that the kingdom16 of Israel will be established in your hands.

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21 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"

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22 So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.19

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