1 Samuel 26

MLV(i) 1 And the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, Does not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before the desert? 2 Then Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. 3 And Saul encamped in the hill of Hachilah, which is before the desert by the way. But David abode in the wilderness and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.
4 David therefore sent out spies and understood that Saul definitely came. 5 And David arose and came to the place where Saul had encamped. And David beheld the place where Saul lay and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his army. And Saul lay within the place of the wagons and the people were encamped around about him.
6 Then David answered and said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with you.
7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night. And behold, Saul lay sleeping within the place of the wagons with his spear stuck in the ground at his head and Abner and the people lay all around him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, God has delivered up your enemy into your hand this day. Now therefore, I beseech you, let me kill* him with the spear to the earth at one stroke and I will not kill* him the second time.
9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not, for who can put forth his hand against Jehovah's anointed and be guiltless? 10 And David said, As Jehovah lives, Jehovah will kill* him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish. 11 Jehovah forbid that I should put forth my hand against Jehovah's anointed. But now I beseech you, take the spear that is at his head and the jar of water and let us go.
12 So David took the spear and the jar of water from Saul's head and they got away. And no man saw it, nor knew it, neither did any awake, for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from Jehovah was fallen upon them. 13 Then David went over to the other side and stood on the top of the mountain afar off, a great space being between them.
14 And David cried out to the people and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answer you not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who are you that cries to the king? 15 And David said to Abner, Are not you a valiant man? And who is like to you in Israel? Why then have you not kept watch over your lord the king? For there came one of the people in to destroy the king your lord.
16 This thing is not good that you have done. As Jehovah lives, you* are worthy to die because you* have not kept watch over your* lord, Jehovah's anointed. And now see where the king's spear is and the jar of water that was at his head.
17 And Saul knew David's voice and said, Is this your voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king. 18 And he said, Why does my lord pursue after his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?
19 Now therefore, I beseech you, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If it is Jehovah who has stirred you up against me, let him accept an offering, but if it is the sons of men, cursed be they before Jehovah. For they have driven me out this day that I should not cling to the inheritance of Jehovah, saying, Go, serve other gods.
20 Now therefore, do not let my blood fall to the earth away from the presence of Jehovah. For the King of Israel has come out to seek a flea, as when a man hunts a partridge in the mountains.
21 Then Saul said, I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will no more do you harm because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have erred exceedingly.
22 And David answered and said, Behold the spear, O king! Let then one of the young men come over and fetch it. 23 And Jehovah will render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness, inasmuch as Jehovah delivered you into my hand today and I would not put forth my hand against Jehovah's anointed. 24 And behold, as your life was much set by this day in my eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of Jehovah and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.
25 Then Saul said to David, You are blessed, my son David. You will both do mightily and will surely prevail. So David went his way and Saul returned to his place.