1 H7586 It happened, when Saul H7725 was returned H310 from following H6430 the Philistines, H5046 that it was told H559 him, saying, H1732 "Behold, David H4057 is in the wilderness H5872 of En Gedi."
2 H7586 Then Saul H3947 took H7969 three H505 thousand H977 chosen H376 men H3478 out of all Israel, H3212 and went H1245 to seek H1732 David H582 and his men H6440 on H6697 the rocks H3277 of the wild goats.
3 H935 He came H1448 to the sheep pens H1870 by the way, H4631 where there was a cave; H7586 and Saul H935 went in H5526 to relieve H7272 himself. H1732 Now David H582 and his men H3427 were abiding H3411 in the innermost parts H4631 of the cave.
4 H582 The men H1732 of David H559 said H3117 to him, "Behold, the day H3068 of which Yahweh H559 said H5414 to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver H341 your enemy H3027 into your hand, H6213 and you shall do H3190 to him as it shall seem good H5869 to you.'" H1732 Then David H6965 arose, H3772 and cut off H3671 the skirt H7586 of Saul's H4598 robe H3909 secretly.
5 H310 It happened afterward, H1732 that David's H3820 heart H5221 struck H3772 him, because he had cut off H7586 Saul's H3671 skirt.
6 H559 He said H582 to his men, H3068 "Yahweh H2486 forbid H6213 that I should do H1697 this thing H113 to my lord, H3068 Yahweh's H4899 anointed, H7971 to put forth H3027 my hand H3068 against him, since he is Yahweh's H4899 anointed."
7 H1732 So David H8156 checked H582 his men H1697 with these words, H5414 and didn't allow H6965 them to rise H7586 against Saul. H7586 Saul H6965 rose up H4631 out of the cave, H3212 and went H1870 on his way.
8 H1732 David H6965 also arose H3318 afterward, and went out H4631 of the cave, H7121 and cried H310 after H7586 Saul, H559 saying, H113 "My lord H4428 the king!" H7586 When Saul H5027 looked H310 behind H1732 him, David H6915 bowed H639 with his face H776 to the earth, H7812 and showed respect.
9 H1732 David H559 said H7586 to Saul, H8085 "Why do you listen H120 to men's H1697 words, H559 saying, H1732 ‘Behold, David H1245 seeks H7451 your hurt?'
10 H3117 Behold, this day H5869 your eyes H7200 have seen H3068 how that Yahweh H5414 had delivered H3117 you today H3027 into my hand H4631 in the cave. H559 Some urged H2026 me to kill H2347 you; but I spared H559 you; and I said, H7971 I will not put forth H3027 my hand H113 against my lord; H113 for he is Yahweh's H4899 anointed.
11 H1 Moreover, my father, H7200 behold, H7200 yes, see H3671 the skirt H4598 of your robe H3027 in my hand; H3772 for in that I cut off H3671 the skirt H4598 of your robe, H2026 and didn't kill H3045 you, know H7200 and see H7451 that there is neither evil H6588 nor disobedience H3027 in my hand, H2398 and I have not sinned H6658 against you, though you hunt H5315 for my life H3947 to take it.
12 H3068 May Yahweh H8199 judge H3068 between me and you, and may Yahweh H5358 avenge H3027 me of you; but my hand shall not be on you.
13 H4912 As the proverb H6931 of the ancients H559 says, H7563 ‘Out of the wicked H3318 comes H7562 forth wickedness;' H3027 but my hand shall not be on you.
14 H310 Against H4428 whom has the king H3478 of Israel H3318 come out? H310 Whom H7291 do you pursue? H310 A H4191 dead H3611 dog? H310 H259 A H6550 flea?
15 H3068 May Yahweh H1781 therefore be judge, H8199 and give sentence H7200 between me and you, and see, H7378 and plead H7379 my cause, H8199 and deliver H3027 me out of your hand."
16 H1732 It came to pass, when David H3615 had made an end H1696 of speaking H1697 these words H7586 to Saul, H7586 that Saul H559 said, H6963 "Is this your voice, H1121 my son H1732 David?" H7586 Saul H5375 lifted up H6963 his voice, H1058 and wept.
17 H559 He said H1732 to David, H6662 "You are more righteous H1580 than I; for you have done H2896 good H1580 to me, whereas I have done H7451 evil to you.
18 H5046 You have declared H3117 this day H6213 how you have dealt H2896 well H3068 with me, because when Yahweh H5462 had delivered H3027 me up into your hand, H2026 you didn't kill me.
19 H376 For if a man H4672 finds H341 his enemy, H7971 will he let him go H1870 away H2896 unharmed? H3068 Therefore may Yahweh H7999 reward H2896 you good H6213 for that which you have done H3117 to me this day.
20 H3045 Now, behold, I know that H4427 you shall surely H4427 be king, H4467 and that the kingdom H3478 of Israel H6965 shall be established H3027 in your hand.
21 H7650 Swear H3068 now therefore to me by Yahweh, H518 that you will not H3772 cut off H2233 my seed H310 after H8045 me, and that you will not destroy H8034 my name H1 out of my father's H1004 house."