1 Samuel 24:19

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.

Read 1 Samuel 24:19 Using Other Translations

For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.
For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the LORD reward you with good for what you have done to me this day.
Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? May the LORD reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today.

What does 1 Samuel 24:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 24:19

For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away?
&c.] Or "in a good way" F5, in peace and safety, without doing him any hurt; this is not usual among men, and yet this was the present case; David had found his enemy Saul, which Saul tacitly owns, and yet had let him go well away from him, without hurting him:

wherefore the Lord reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me
this day;
he does not promise to reward him himself, but prays the Lord to reward him; and had he been sincere in it, he could not have done better for him. Some connect the former clause with this, after this manner, "if a man find his enemy, and let him go away, the Lord will reward him, the Lord reward thee" so the Syriac and Arabic versions.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (hbwj Krdb) "in via bona", Pagninus, Montanus.
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