And David said to
Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David
seeketh thy hurt? Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the
Lord had delivered thee to-day into mine hand in the cave: and some
bade me kill thee; but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not
put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the Lord's anointed.
Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand:
for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not,
know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in
mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my
soul to take it. The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord
avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. As saith
the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked:
but mine hand shall not be upon thee. After whom is the king of
Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog,
after a flea. The Lord therefore be judge, and judge between me and
thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.2 Samuel xxiv, 2—22.
And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these
words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David?
And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept. And he said to David, Thou
art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I
have rewarded thee evil. And thou hast shewed this day how that thou
hast dealt well, with me: forasmuch as when the Lord had delivered
me into thine hand, thou killedst me not. For if a man find his
enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the Lord reward thee
good for that thou hast done unto me this day. And now, behold, I
know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of
Israel shall be established in thine hand. Swear now therefore unto
me by the Lord, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and
that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.
And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men
gat them up unto the hold.