1 Samuel 24:9
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New International Version
He said to Saul, "Why do you listen when men say, 'David is bent on harming you'?

New Living Translation
Then he shouted to Saul, "Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you?

English Standard Version
And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm’?

New American Standard Bible
David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, 'Behold, David seeks to harm you'?

King James Bible
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of people who say, 'Look, David intends to harm you?

International Standard Version
Then David told Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of those who say, 'Look, David is trying to harm you?'

NET Bible
David said to Saul, "Why do you pay attention when men say, 'David is seeking to do you harm'?

New Heart English Bible
David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to men's words, saying, 'Look, David seeks your harm?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David asked Saul, "Why do you listen to rumors that I am trying to harm you?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David said to Saul: 'Wherefore hearkenest thou to men's words, saying: Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

New American Standard 1977
And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks to harm you’?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David said to Saul, Why hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeks thy hurt?

King James 2000 Bible
And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, David seeks your hurt?

American King James Version
And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, David seeks your hurt?

American Standard Version
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearkenest thou to men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And said to Saul: Why dost thou hear the words of men that say David seeketh thy hurt?

Darby Bible Translation
And David said to Saul, Why dost thou listen to words of men, saying, Behold, David seeks thy hurt?

English Revised Version
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearkenest thou to men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

Webster's Bible Translation
And David said to Saul, Why hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

World English Bible
David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to men's words, saying, 'Behold, David seeks your hurt?'

Young's Literal Translation
And David saith to Saul, 'Why dost thou hear the words of man, saying, Lo, David is seeking thine evil?
Study Bible
David Spares Saul
8Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself. 9David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, 'Behold, David seeks to harm you'? 10"Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD'S anointed.'…
Cross References
1 Samuel 20:1
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, "What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?"

1 Samuel 24:8
Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.

1 Samuel 24:10
"Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD'S anointed.'

1 Samuel 26:18
He also said, "Why then is my lord pursuing his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?

1 Samuel 26:19
"Now therefore, please let my lord the king listen to the words of his servant. If the LORD has stirred you up against me, let Him accept an offering; but if it is men, cursed are they before the LORD, for they have driven me out today so that I would have no attachment with the inheritance of the LORD, saying, 'Go, serve other gods.'

Jeremiah 37:18
Moreover Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "In what way have I sinned against you, or against your servants, or against this people, that you have put me in prison?
Treasury of Scripture

And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, David seeks your hurt?

1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of …

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Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him …

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Proverbs 16:28 A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

Proverbs 17:4 A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a …

Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the …

Proverbs 25:23 The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting …

Proverbs 26:20-22,28 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, …

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.

Ecclesiastes 7:21,22 Also take no heed to all words that are spoken; lest you hear your …

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among …

(9) Wherefore hearest thou men's words?--David had many deadly enemies at the court of Saul, who evidently laboured with success to deepen Saul's jealousy, and to widen the breach which already existed between the king and David. Doeg has been already mentioned as one of the more prominent of these slanderers; another was Cush the Benjamite, who was alluded to in the inscription which heads the seventh Psalm. The Ziphites and their representatives at the royal residence also belonged to this class of malicious foes spoken of here.

Verses 9, 10. - In his address David complained of Saul's listening to men's words, which slanderously represented him as lying in wait to kill the king (comp. 1 Samuel 22:8). In answer to their calumnies he now pleads Saul's own experience of his deeds. Some bade me kill thee. Hebrew, "he bade to kill thee." The literal rendering is, "Jehovah delivered thee today into my hand, and bade kill thee." The A.V. supplies some, or, more exactly, "one said." This is supported by the Syriac and Chaldee, but the literal rendering is probably the right one. Had David killed Saul, it would have seemed as if it were ordered by Providence so to be, and as if by putting Saul into his power God had intended his death. But what seem to us to be the leadings of Providence are not to be blindly followed. Possibly David's first thought was that God intended Saul to die, and so the Vulgate, "I thought to kill thee. But immediately a truer feeling came over his mind, and he recognised that opportunities, such as that just given him, may be temptations to be overcome. The highest principles of religion and morality do not bend to external circumstances, but override them. And David said to Saul, wherefore hearest thou men's words,.... The false charges and accusations, that some of Saul's courtiers brought against David, as Doeg the Edomite, and such like sycophants and flatterers, to whom Saul hearkened, and believed what they said, and acted upon it. David chose rather to lay the blame on Saul's courtiers than on himself; and he began with him in this way, the rather to reconcile him to him, and cause him to listen to what he had to say: and represents them as

saying to him:

behold, David seeketh thy hurt? seeks to take away thy life, and seize upon thy crown and throne; than which nothing was more foreign from him. 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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