24:3 He came to the sheepfolds by the road, where there was a cave. Saul went into it to relieve himself. 1
Now David and his men were sitting in the recesses of the cave. 24:4 David’s men said to him, “This is the day about which the Lord said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hand, and you can do to him whatever seems appropriate to you.’” 2 So David got up and quietly cut off an edge of Saul’s robe. 24:5 Afterward David’s conscience bothered him 3 because he had cut off an edge of Saul’s robe. 24:6 He said to his men, “May the Lord keep me far away from doing such a thing to my lord, who is the Lord’s chosen one, 4 by extending my hand against him. After all, 5 he is the Lord’s chosen one.” 6 24:7 David restrained his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. Then Saul left the cave and started down 7 the road.
24:8 Afterward David got up and went out of the cave. He called out after Saul, “My lord, O king!” When Saul looked behind him, David kneeled down and bowed with his face to the ground. 24:9 David said to Saul, “Why do you pay attention when men say, ‘David is seeking to do you harm’? 24:10 Today your own eyes see how the Lord delivered you – this very day – into my hands in the cave. Some told me to kill you, but I had pity 8 on you and said, ‘I will not extend my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s chosen one.’ 9 24:11 Look, my father, and see the edge of your robe in my hand! When I cut off the edge of your robe, I didn’t kill you. So realize and understand that I am not planning 10 evil or rebellion. Even though I have not sinned against you, you are waiting in ambush to take my life.
1 tn Heb “to cover his feet,” an idiom (euphemism) for relieving oneself (cf. NAB “to ease nature”).
2 tn Heb “is good in your eyes.”
3 tn Heb “the heart of David struck him.”
4 tn Heb “anointed.”
5 tn Or “for.”
6 tn Heb “anointed.”
7 tn Heb “went on.”
8 tn Heb “it had pity,” apparently with the understood subject being “my eye,” in accordance with a common expression.
9 tn Heb “anointed.”
10 tn Heb “there is not in my hand.”