1 Samuel 24:13
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New International Version
As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,' so my hand will not touch you.

New Living Translation
As that old proverb says, 'From evil people come evil deeds.' So you can be sure I will never harm you.

English Standard Version
As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness.’ But my hand shall not be against you.

New American Standard Bible
"As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness'; but my hand shall not be against you.

King James Bible
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As the old proverb says, 'Wickedness comes from wicked people.' My hand will never be against you.

International Standard Version
Just like the ancient proverb says, 'From wicked people comes wickedness,' but I'm not against you.

NET Bible
It's like the old proverb says: 'From evil people evil proceeds.' But my hand will not be against you.

New Heart English Bible
As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness;' but my hand shall not be on you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's like people used to say long ago, 'Wickedness comes from wicked people.' But I will not lay a hand on you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As saith the proverb of the ancients: Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be upon thee.

New American Standard 1977
“As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the wicked, but my hand shall not be upon thee.

King James 2000 Bible
As says the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the wicked: but my hand shall not be upon you.

American King James Version
As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the wicked: but my hand shall not be on you.

American Standard Version
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be upon thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As also it is said in the old proverb: From the wicked shall wickedness come forth: therefore my hand shall not be upon thee. After whom dost thou come out, O king of Israel?

Darby Bible Translation
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked; but my hand shall not be upon thee.

English Revised Version
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but my hand shall not be upon thee.

World English Bible
As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness;' but my hand shall not be on you.

Young's Literal Translation
as saith the simile of the ancients, From the wicked goeth out wickedness, and my hand is not on thee.
Study Bible
David Spares Saul
12"May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you. 13"As the proverb of the ancients says, Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be against you. 14"After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?…
Cross References
Matthew 7:16
By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Ezekiel 16:44
"Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, 'Like mother, like daughter.'
Treasury of Scripture

As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the wicked: but my hand shall not be on you.

Wickedness

Matthew 7:16-18 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, …

Matthew 12:33,34 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree …

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

(13) The proverb of the ancients.--Clericus, quoted by Lange, explains these words: "David means to say, that if he had been guilty of conspiracy against the king, he would not have neglected this favourable opportunity to kill him, since men usually indulge their feelings, and from a mind guilty of conspiracy nothing but corresponding deeds could come forth." So Grotius, who writes how "actions usually correspond to the quality of the mind." Erdmann quotes a Greek proverb: "From a bad raven comes a bad egg."

As saith the proverb of the ancients,.... It is an old saying, has been long in use, and may be applied to the present case; or the "proverb of the ancient one"; of the oldest man, the first man Adam, and of all others after him, so Kimchi; or of the Ancient One of the world, the Ancient of days, the Lord himself; so in the Talmud (d):

wickedness proceedeth from the wicked; as is a man, so are his actions; if he is a wicked man, he will do wicked things; a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruits, an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil things; and as if David should say, if I had been the wicked man as I am represented, I should have committed wickedness; I should have made no conscience of taking away thy life when it was in my power; but my heart would not suffer me to do it:

but, or "and"

my hand shall not be upon thee; as it has not been upon thee, because of the fear of God in me, so neither shall it be hereafter: or the sense of the proverb may be, the wickedness that comes from a wicked man, that will kill him, or be the cause of his ruin, or he will be slain by wicked men such as himself; and this may be thy case, O king, unless thou repentest: but be that as it may, which I leave with the righteous Judge, this I am determined on, "mine hand shall not be upon thee"; to take away thy life.

(d) T. Bab. Maccot, fol. 10. 2.24:8-15 David was falsely charged with seeking Saul's hurt; he shows Saul that God's providence had given him opportunity to do it. And it was upon a good principle that he refused to do it. He declares his fixed resolution never to be his own avenger. If men wrong us, God will right us, at farthest, in the judgment of the great day.
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