1 Samuel 24:19
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New International Version
When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today.

New Living Translation
Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? May the LORD reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today.

English Standard Version
For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the LORD reward you with good for what you have done to me this day.

New American Standard Bible
"For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safely? May the LORD therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a man finds his enemy, does he let him go unharmed? May the LORD repay you with good for what you've done for me today.

International Standard Version
For who would find his enemy and then send him away safely? May the LORD repay you for what you have done for me today.

NET Bible
Now if a man finds his enemy, does he send him on his way in good shape? May the LORD repay you with good this day for what you have done to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a person finds an enemy, does he send him away unharmed? The LORD will repay you completely for what you did for me today.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe and sound? The LORD reward thee with good for that which thou hast done unto me this day.

King James 2000 Bible
For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? therefore the LORD reward you with good for what you have done unto me this day.

American King James Version
For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? why the LORD reward you good for that you have done to me this day.

American Standard Version
For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore Jehovah reward thee good for that which thou hast done unto me this day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For who when he hath found his enemy, will let him go well away? But the Lord reward thee for this good turn, for what thou hast done to me this day.

Darby Bible Translation
For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore Jehovah reward thee good for that thou hast done to me this day.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if a man findeth his enemy, will he let him go away well? wherefore the LORD reward thee with good, for what thou hast done to me this day.

World English Bible
For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away unharmed? Therefore may Yahweh reward you good for that which you have done to me this day.

Young's Literal Translation
and that a man doth find his enemy, and hath sent him away in a good manner; and Jehovah doth repay thee good for that which thou didst to me this day.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:16-22 Saul speaks as quite overcome with David's kindness. Many mourn for their sins, who do not truly repent of them; weep bitterly for them, yet continue in love and in league with them. Now God made good to David that word on which he had caused him to hope, that he would bring forth his righteousness as the light, Ps 37:6. Those who take care to keep a good conscience, may leave it to God to secure them the credit of it. Sooner or later, God will force even those who are of the synagogue of Satan to know and to own those whom he has loved. They parted in peace. Saul went home convinced, but not converted; ashamed of his envy to David, yet retaining in his breast that root of bitterness; vexed that when at last he had found David, he could not find in his heart to destroy him, as he had designed. Malice often seems dead when it is only asleep, and will revive with double force. Yet, whether the Lord bind men's hands, or affect their hearts, so that they do not hurt us, the deliverance is equally from him; it is an evidence of his love, and an earnest of our salvation, and should make us thankful.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Will he let him go well away? Hebrew, "will he let him go on a good way?" i.e. will he let him go on his way in peace, unhurt? As David, nevertheless, had let his enemy go unharmed, Saul, touched momentarily by his generosity, prays that Jehovah will reward him for what he had done.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away?.... Or "in a good way" (e), in peace and safety, without doing him any hurt; this is not usual among men, and yet this was the present case; David had found his enemy Saul, which Saul tacitly owns, and yet had let him go well away from him, without hurting him:

wherefore the Lord reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day; he does not promise to reward him himself, but prays the Lord to reward him; and had he been sincere in it, he could not have done better for him. Some connect the former clause with this, after this manner, "if a man find his enemy, and let him go away, the Lord will reward him, the Lord reward thee", &c. so the Syriac and Arabic versions.

(e) "in via bona", Pagninus, Montanus.



1 Samuel 24:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
David's Oath to Saul
18"You have declared today that you have done good to me, that the LORD delivered me into your hand and yet you did not kill me. 19"For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safely? May the LORD therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day. 20"Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.…
Cross References
Ruth 2:12
May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."

1 Samuel 23:17
"Don't be afraid," he said. "My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this."

1 Samuel 26:23
The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD's anointed.

1 Samuel 26:25
Then Saul said to David, "May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph." So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.

Psalm 18:20
The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
Treasury of Scripture

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