The Anointed of the Lord - 1st Samuel 24

1 Samuel 24:1 And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from  following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying,  Behold, David is in the wilderness of En-gedi. 

1 Samuel 24:2 Then  Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and  went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild  goats. 

1 Samuel 24:3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way,  where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and  David and his men remained in the sides of the cave. 

1 Samuel 24:4  And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of  which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine  enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall  seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt  of Saul’s robe privily. 

1 Samuel 24:5 And it came to pass  afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut  off Saul’s skirt. 

1 Samuel 24:6 And he said unto his men, The  LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the  LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him,  seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. 

1 Samuel 24:7 So David  stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not  to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and  went on his way. 

1 Samuel 24:8 David also arose afterward, and  went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord  the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped  with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.   

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1 Samuel 24:9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou  men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?  

1 Samuel 24:10 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. 

1 Samuel 24:11 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. 

1 Samuel 24:12 The LORD judge  between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but  mine hand shall not be upon thee. 

1 Samuel 24:13 As saith the  proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the  wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. 

1 Samuel 24:14  After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost  thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea. 

1 Samuel 24:15 The  LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee,  and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine  hand.  

1 Samuel 24:16 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. 

1 Samuel 24:17 And he said to David, Thou art more  righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I  have rewarded thee evil. 

1 Samuel 24:18 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. 

1 Samuel 24:19 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. 

1 Samuel 24:20 And  now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and  that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.  

1 Samuel 24:21 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. 

1 Samuel 24:22 And  David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and  his men gat them up unto the hold.  KJV