Now let this present 1 that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the servants who follow 2 my lord.
Then the woman said, “Please permit your servant to speak to my lord the king about another matter.” He replied, “Tell me.”
Abram said to Sarai, “Since your 1 servant is under your authority, 2 do to her whatever you think best.” 3 Then Sarai treated Hagar 4 harshly, 5 so she ran away from Sarai. 6
She said, “You really are being kind to me, 1 sir, 2 for you have reassured 3 and encouraged 4 me, your servant, 5 even though I am 6 not one of your servants!” 7
She said, “May I, your servant, find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and got something to eat. 1 Her face no longer looked sad.
Now it’s your turn to listen to your servant! Let me set before you a bit of bread so that you can eat. When you regain your strength, you can go on your way.”
When the woman came to Saul and saw how terrified he was, she said to him, “Your servant has done what you asked. 1 I took my life into my own hands and did what you told me. 2
I have now come to speak with my lord the king about this matter, because the people have made me fearful. 1 But your servant said, ‘I will speak to the king! Perhaps the king will do what his female servant 2 asks.
So your servant said, ‘May the word of my lord the king be my security, for my lord the king is like the angel of God when it comes to deciding between right and wrong! May the Lord your God be with you!’”
Now the entire family has risen up against your servant, saying, ‘Turn over the one who struck down his brother, so that we can execute him and avenge the death 1 of his brother whom he killed. In so doing we will also destroy the heir.’ They want to extinguish my remaining coal, 2 leaving no one on the face of the earth to carry on the name of my husband.”
The king said, “Did Joab put you up to all of this?” 1 The woman answered, “As surely as you live, my lord the king, there is no deviation to the right or to the left from all that my lord the king has said. For your servant Joab gave me instructions. He has put all these words in your servant’s mouth.