1 H1961 And it came H834 to pass, when H7586 Saul H7725 was returned H310 from following H6430 the Philistines, H5046 that it was told H559 him, saying, H2009 Behold, H1732 David H4057 is in the wilderness H5872 of Engedi.
2 H7586 Then Saul H3947 took H7969 three H505 thousand H970 chosen H376 men H3605 out of all H3478 Israel, H3212 and went H1245 to seek H1732 David H582 and his men H6697 on the rocks H3277 of the wild H3277 goats.
3 H935 And he came H1448 to the sheepcotes H6629 H1870 by the way, H8033 where H4631 was a cave; H7586 and Saul H935 went H5526 in to cover H7272 his feet: H1732 and David H582 and his men H3427 remained H3411 in the sides H4631 of the cave.
4 H582 And the men H1732 of David H559 said H2009 to him, Behold H3117 the day H834 of which H3068 the LORD H559 said H2009 to you, Behold, H5414 I will deliver H341 your enemy H3027 into your hand, H6213 that you may do H1961 to him as it shall seem H5869 H3190 good H1732 to you. Then David H6965 arose, H3772 and cut H3671 off the skirt H7586 of Saul’s H4598 robe H3909 privately.
5 H1961 And it came H310 to pass afterward, H3651 H1732 that David’s H3820 heart H5221 smote H5921 him, because H834 H3772 he had cut H7586 off Saul’s H3671 skirt.
6 H559 And he said H582 to his men, H3068 The LORD H2486 forbid H6213 that I should do H2088 this H1697 thing H113 to my master, H3068 the LORD’s H4899 anointed, H7971 to stretch H3027 forth my hand H4899 against him, seeing he is the anointed H3068 of the LORD.
7 H1732 So David H8156 stayed H582 his servants H1697 with these words, H5414 and suffered H6965 them not to rise H413 against H7586 Saul. H7586 But Saul H6965 rose H4631 up out of the cave, H3212 and went H1870 on his way.
8 H1732 David H6965 also arose H310 afterward, H3651 H3318 and went H4631 out of the cave, H7121 and cried H310 after H7586 Saul, H559 saying, H113 My lord H4428 the king. H7586 And when Saul H5027 looked H310 behind H1732 him, David H6915 stooped H639 with his face H776 to the earth, H7812 and bowed himself.
9 H1732 And David H559 said H7586 to Saul, H4100 Why H8085 hear H120 you men’s H1697 words, H559 saying, H2009 Behold, H1732 David H1245 seeks H7451 your hurt?
10 H2009 Behold, H2088 this H3117 day H5869 your eyes H7200 have seen H834 how H3068 that the LORD H5414 had delivered H3117 you to day H3027 into my hand H4631 in the cave: H559 and some bade H2026 me kill H2347 you: but my eye spared H559 you; and I said, H7971 I will not put H7971 forth H3027 my hand H113 against my lord; H3068 for he is the LORD’s H4899 anointed.
11 H1 Moreover, my father, H7200 see, H637 yes, H7200 see H3671 the skirt H4598 of your robe H3027 in my hand: H3772 for in that I cut H3671 off the skirt H4598 of your robe, H2026 and killed H3045 you not, know H7200 you and see H369 that there is neither H7451 evil H6588 nor transgression H3027 in my hand, H2398 and I have not sinned H6658 against you; yet you hunt H5315 my soul H3947 to take it.
12 H3068 The LORD H8199 judge H996 between H3068 me and you, and the LORD H5358 avenge H3027 me of you: but my hand shall not be on you.
13 H559 As said H4912 the proverb H6931 of the ancients, H7562 Wickedness H3318 proceeds H7563 from the wicked: H3027 but my hand shall not be on you.
14 H310 After H4310 whom H4428 is the king H3478 of Israel H3318 come H310 out? after H4310 whom H7291 do you pursue? H310 after H4191 a dead H3611 dog, H310 after H6550 a flea.
15 H3068 The LORD H1784 therefore be judge, H8199 and judge H996 between H7200 me and you, and see, H7378 and plead H7379 my cause, H8199 and deliver H3027 me out of your hand.
16 H1961 And it came H1732 to pass, when David H3615 had made an end H1696 of speaking H428 these H1697 words H7586 to Saul, H7586 that Saul H559 said, H2088 Is this H6963 your voice, H1121 my son H1732 David? H7586 And Saul H5375 lifted H6963 up his voice, H1058 and wept.
17 H559 And he said H1732 to David, H6662 You are more righteous H1580 than I: for you have rewarded H2896 me good, H1580 whereas I have rewarded H7451 you evil.
18 H5046 And you have showed H3117 this day H6213 how that you have dealt H2896 well H854 with me: for as much H834 H3068 as when the LORD H5462 had delivered H3027 me into your hand, H2026 you killed me not.
19 H3588 For if H376 a man H4672 find H341 his enemy, H7971 will he let him go H2896 well H1870 away? H3068 why the LORD H7999 reward H2896 you good H6213 for that you have done H2088 to me this H3117 day.
20 H6258 And now, H2009 behold, H3045 I know H4428 well that you shall surely be king, H4467 and that the kingdom H3478 of Israel H6965 shall be established H3027 in your hand.
21 H7650 Swear H6258 now H3068 therefore to me by the LORD, H3772 that you will not cut H2233 off my seed H310 after H8045 me, and that you will not destroy H8034 my name H1 out of my father’s H1004 house.