And he said, 1"Why does my lord pursue after his servant? For what have I done? What evil is on my hands?
Now therefore let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If it is the LORD who has stirred you up against me, may he accept an offering, but if it is men, may they be cursed before the LORD, 2for they have driven me out this day that I should have no share in 3the heritage of the LORD, saying, 'Go, serve other gods.'
Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth away from the presence of the LORD, for the king of Israel has come out to seek 4a single flea like one who hunts a partridge in the mountains."