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1 Samuel 24 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Saul returned from chasing the Philistines. Then he was told, "David is in the Desert of En Gedi." 1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, "David is in the Desert of En Gedi."
2 So Saul took 3,000 of the best soldiers from the whole nation of Israel. He started out to look for David and his men. He planned to look near the Rocky Cliffs of the Wild Goats. 2 So Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.
3 He came to some sheep pens along the way. A cave was there. Saul went in to go to the toilet. David and his men were far back in the cave. 3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.
4 David's men said, "This is the day the LORD told you about. He said to you, 'I will hand your enemy over to you. Then you can deal with him as you want to.' " So David came up close to Saul without being seen. He cut off a corner of Saul's robe. 4 The men said, "This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, 'I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.' " Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe.
5 Later, David felt sorry that he had cut off a corner of Saul's robe. 5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.
6 He said to his men, "May the LORD keep me from doing a thing like that to my master again. He is the LORD's anointed king. So I promise that I will never lift my hand to strike him down. The LORD has anointed him." 6 He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD's anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD."
7 David said that to warn his men. He didn't allow them to attack Saul. So Saul left the cave and went on his way. 7 With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
8 Then David went out of the cave. He called out to Saul, "King Saul! My master!" When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down. He lay down flat with his face toward the ground. 8 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.
9 He said to Saul, "Why do you listen when men say, 'David is trying to harm you'? 9 He said to Saul, "Why do you listen when men say, 'David is bent on harming you'?
10 This very day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD handed you over to me in the cave. Some of my men begged me to kill you. But I spared you. I said, 'I will never lift my hand to strike my master down. He is the LORD's anointed king.' 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 spared you; I said, 'I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD's anointed.'
11 "Look, my father! Look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe. But I didn't kill you. I want you to know and understand that I'm not guilty of doing anything wrong. I haven't turned against you. I haven't done anything to harm you. But you are hunting me down. You want to kill me. 11 See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.
12 "May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD pay you back because of the wrong things you have done to me. But I won't lay a hand on you. 12 May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.
13 People say, 'Evil acts come from those who do evil.' So I won't lay a hand on you. 13 As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,' so my hand will not touch you.
14 "King Saul, who are you trying to catch? Who do you think you are chasing? I'm nothing but a dead dog or a flea! 14 "Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?
15 May the LORD be our judge. May he decide between us. May he consider my case and stand up for me. May he show that I'm not guilty of doing anything wrong. May he save me from your powerful hand." 15 May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand."
16 When David finished speaking, Saul asked him a question. He said, "My son David, is that your voice?" And Saul sobbed out loud. 16 When David finished saying this, Saul asked, "Is that your voice, David my son?" And he wept aloud.
17 "You are a better person than I am," he said. "You have treated me well. But I've treated you badly. 17 "You are more righteous than I," he said. "You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.
18 You have just now told me about the good things you did to me. The LORD handed me over to you. But you didn't kill me. 18 You have just now told me of the good you did to me; the LORD delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me.
19 Suppose a man finds his enemy. He doesn't let him get away without harming him. May the LORD reward you with many good things. May he do it because of the way you treated me today. 19 When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today.
20 I know for sure that you will be king. I know that the kingdom of Israel will be made secure under your control. 20 I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.
21 Now take an oath in the name of the Lord. Promise me that you won't cut off my children from my family. Also promise me that you won't wipe out my name from my family line." 21 Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's family."
22 So David took an oath and made that promise to Saul. Then Saul returned home. But David and his men went up to his usual place of safety. 22 So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.