1 Samuel 24:21

21 Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”

Read 1 Samuel 24:21 Using Other Translations

Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.
Swear to me therefore by the LORD that you will not cut off my offspring after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house."
Now swear to me by the LORD that when that happens you will not kill my family and destroy my line of descendants!”

What does 1 Samuel 24:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 24:21

Swear now therefore unto me by the Lord
By the Word of the Lord, as the, Targum:

that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me;
as was usually done in despotic governments in the eastern countries, and is at this day, when one is advanced to the throne of another, by whom issue is left, who may be rivals and competitors with him:

and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house;
by cutting off his seed, the same thing in different words repeated, for the confirmation of it; children bear the names of their fathers, and by them their memory is perpetuated, and cutting off them is destroying the name of their parents.

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