1 H7586 And it came to pass, when Saul H7725 [H8804] had returned H310 from following H6430 the Philistines H5046 [H8686] , that it was told H559 [H8800] to him, saying H1732 , Behold, David H4057 is in the wilderness H5872 of Engedi.
2 H7586 Then Saul H3947 [H8799] took H7969 three H505 thousand H977 [H8803] chosen H376 men H3478 out of all Israel H3212 [H8799] , and went H1245 [H8763] to seek H1732 David H582 and his men H6440 upon H6697 the rocks H3277 of the wild goats.
3 H935 [H8799] And he came H1448 H6629 to the sheepfolds H1870 by the way H4631 , where was a cave H7586 ; and Saul H935 [H8799] went in H5526 [H8687] to cover H7272 his feet H1732 : and David H582 and his men H3427 [H8802] remained H3411 in the sides H4631 of the cave.
4 H582 And the men H1732 of David H559 [H8799] said H3117 to him, Behold the day H3068 of which the LORD H559 [H8804] said H5414 [H8802] to thee, Behold, I will deliver H341 [H8802] thy enemy H3027 into thy hand H6213 [H8804] , that thou mayest do H3190 [H8799] to him as it shall seem good H5869 to thee H1732 . Then David H6965 [H8799] arose H3909 , and secretly H3772 [H8799] cut off H3671 the skirt H7586 of Saul's H4598 robe.
5 H310 And it came to pass afterward H1732 , that David's H3820 heart H5221 [H8686] smote H3772 [H8804] him, because he had cut off H7586 Saul's H3671 skirt.
6 H559 [H8799] And he said H582 to his men H3068 , The LORD H2486 forbid H6213 [H8799] that I should do H1697 this thing H113 to my master H3068 , the LORD'S H4899 anointed H7971 [H8800] , to stretch forth H3027 my hand H4899 against him, seeing he is the anointed H3068 of the LORD.
7 H1732 So David H8156 [H8762] restrained H582 his servants H1697 with these words H5414 [H8804] , and permitted H6965 [H8800] them not to rise H7586 against Saul H7586 . But Saul H6965 [H8804] rose H4631 out of the cave H3212 [H8799] , and went H1870 on his way.
8 H1732 David H6965 [H8799] also rose H3318 [H8799] afterward, and went out H4631 of the cave H7121 [H8799] , and cried H310 after H7586 Saul H559 [H8800] , saying H113 , My lord H4428 the king H7586 . And when Saul H5027 [H8686] looked H310 behind H1732 him, David H6915 [H8799] stooped H639 with his face H776 to the earth H7812 [H8691] , and bowed himself.
9 H1732 And David H559 [H8799] said H7586 to Saul H8085 [H8799] , Why hearest H120 thou men's H1697 words H559 [H8800] , saying H1732 , Behold, David H1245 [H8764] seeketh H7451 thy harm?
10 H3117 Behold, this day H5869 thy eyes H7200 [H8804] have seen H3068 how the LORD H5414 [H8804] hath delivered H3117 thee to day H3027 into my hand H4631 in the cave H559 [H8804] : and some bade H2026 [H8800] me kill H2347 [H8799] thee: but my eye spared H559 [H8799] thee; and I said H7971 [H8799] , I will not put forth H3027 my hand H113 against my lord H3068 ; for he is the LORD'S H4899 anointed.
11 H1 Moreover, my father H7200 [H8798] , see H7200 [H8798] , yea, see H3671 the skirt H4598 of thy robe H3027 in my hand H3772 [H8800] : for in that I cut off H3671 the skirt H4598 of thy robe H2026 [H8804] , and killed H3045 [H8798] thee not, know H7200 [H8798] thou and see H7451 that there is neither evil H6588 nor transgression H3027 in my hand H2398 [H8804] , and I have not sinned H6658 [H8802] against thee; yet thou huntest H5315 my soul H3947 [H8800] to take it.
12 H3068 The LORD H8199 [H8799] judge H3068 between me and thee, and the LORD H5358 [H8804] avenge H3027 me of thee: but my hand shall not be upon thee.
13 H559 [H8799] As saith H4912 the proverb H6931 of the ancients H7562 , Wickedness H3318 [H8799] proceedeth H7563 from the wicked H3027 : but my hand shall not be upon thee.
14 H310 After H4428 whom is the king H3478 of Israel H3318 [H8804] come out H310 ? after H7291 [H8802] whom dost thou pursue H310 ? after H4191 [H8801] a dead H3611 dog H310 , after H259 a H6550 flea.
15 H3068 The LORD H1781 therefore be judge H8199 [H8804] , and judge H7200 [H8799] between me and thee, and see H7378 [H8799] , and plead H7379 my cause H8199 [H8799] , and deliver H3027 me out of thy hand.
16 H1732 And it came to pass, when David H3615 [H8763] had finished H1696 [H8763] speaking H1697 these words H7586 to Saul H7586 , that Saul H559 [H8799] said H6963 , Is this thy voice H1121 , my son H1732 David H7586 ? And Saul H5375 [H8799] lifted up H6963 his voice H1058 [H8799] , and wept.
17 H559 [H8799] And he said H1732 to David H6662 , Thou art more righteous H1580 [H8804] than I: for thou hast rewarded H2896 me with good H1580 [H8804] , though I have rewarded H7451 thee with evil.
18 H5046 [H8689] And thou hast showed H3117 this day H6213 H2896 [H8804] how thou hast dealt H3068 with me: forasmuch as when the LORD H5462 [H8765] had delivered H3027 me into thy hand H2026 [H8804] , thou didst not kill me.
19 H376 For if a man H4672 [H8799] findeth H341 [H8802] his enemy H7971 [H8765] , will he let him go H1870 away H2896 well H3068 ? therefore the LORD H7999 [H8762] reward H2896 thee with good H6213 [H8804] for what thou hast done H3117 to me this day.
20 H3045 [H8804] And now, behold, I know well H4427 [H8800] that thou shalt surely H4427 [H8799] be king H4467 , and that the kingdom H3478 of Israel H6965 [H8804] shall be established H3027 in thy hand.
21 H7650 [H8734] Swear H3068 now therefore to me by the LORD H518 , that thou wilt not H3772 [H8686] cut off H2233 my seed H310 after H8045 [H8686] me, and that thou wilt not destroy H8034 my name H1 out of my father's H1004 house.