1 Ascendit ergo David inde et habitavit in locis tutissimis Engaddi.
2 Cumque reversus esset Saul, postquam persecutus est Philisthaeos, nuntiaverunt ei dicentes: "Ecce David in deserto est Engaddi".
3 Assumens ergo Saul tria milia electorum virorum ex omni Israel perrexit ad investigandum David et viros eius ad rupes ibicum.
4 Et venit ad caulas ovium, quae se offerebant vianti. Eratque ibi spelunca, quam ingressus est Saul, ut purgaret ventrem; porro David et viri eius in interiore parte speluncae latebant.
5 Et dixerunt viri David ad eum: "Ecce dies, de qua locutus est Dominus ad te: "Ego trado tibi inimicum tuum, ut facias ei sicut placuerit in oculis tuis" ". Surrexit ergo David et praecidit oram chlamydis Saul silenter.
6 Post haec cor David percussit eum, eo quod abscidisset oram chlamydis Saul,
7 dixitque ad viros suos: "Propitius mihi sit Dominus, ne faciam hanc rem domino meo, christo Domini, ut mittam manum meam in eum, quoniam christus Domini est".
8 Et cohibuit David viros suos sermonibus et non permisit eos, ut consurgerent in Saul. Porro Saul exsurgens de spelunca pergebat coepto itinere.
9 Surrexit autem et David post eum et egressus de spelunca clamavit post tergum Saul dicens: "Domine mi rex!". Et respexit Saul post se, et inclinans se David pronus in terram adoravit
10 dixitque ad Saul: "Quare audis verba hominum loquentium: "David quaerit malum adversum te?".
11 Ecce hodie viderunt oculi tui quod tradiderit te Dominus hodie in manu mea in spelunca; et dictum est mihi, ut occiderem te, sed pepercit tibi oculus meus. Dixi enim: Non extendam manum meam in dominum meum, quia christus Domini est
12 et pater meus. Quin potius vide et cognosce oram chlamydis tuae in manu mea, quoniam, cum praeciderem summitatem chlamydis tuae, nolui occidere te. Animadverte et vide quoniam non est in manu mea malum neque iniquitas, neque peccavi in te; tu autem insidiaris animae meae, ut auferas eam.
13 Iudicet Dominus inter me et te et ulciscatur me Dominus ex te; manus autem mea non sit in te.
14 Sicut et in proverbio antiquo dicitur: "Ab impiis egredietur impietas", manus ergo mea non sit in te.
15 Quem sequitur rex Israel? Quem persequeris? Canem mortuum et pulicem unum.
16 Sit Dominus iudex et iudicet inter me et te et videat et diiudicet causam meam et eruat me de manu tua".
17 Cum autem complesset David loquens sermones huiuscemodi ad Saul, dixit Saul: "Numquid vox haec tua est, fili mi David?". Et levavit Saul vocem suam et flevit.
18 Dixitque ad David: "Iustior tu es quam ego; tu enim tribuisti mihi bona, ego autem reddidi tibi mala.
19 Et tu indicasti hodie, quae feceris mihi bona, quomodo tradiderit me Dominus in manu tua, et non occideris me.
20 Quis enim, cum invenerit inimicum suum, dimittet eum in via bona? Sed Dominus reddat tibi vicissitudinem hanc, pro eo quod hodie operatus es in me.
21 Et nunc, quia scio quod certissime regnaturus sis et habiturus in manu tua regnum Israel,
22 iura mihi in Domino, ne deleas semen meum post me neque auferas nomen meum de domo patris mei".
23 Et iuravit David Sauli. Abiit ergo Saul in domum suam, et David et viri eius ascenderunt ad praesidium.
King James Version
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
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.
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.
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.
9 ¶ And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
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.
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.
12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
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.
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.
17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.