1 Samuel 24:1-7 New International Version

David Spares Saul at Engedi

24 1  After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, "David is in the Desert of En Gedi." 2  So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats. 3  He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4  The men said, "This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said[1] to you, 'I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.' " Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe. 5  Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6  He said to his men, "The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord." 7  With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.


Footnotes

[1] 24:4 Or ""Today the " Lord"is saying"

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