1 Samuel 26:18
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New International Version
And he added, "Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of?

New Living Translation
Why are you chasing me? What have I done? What is my crime?

English Standard Version
And he said, “Why does my lord pursue after his servant? For what have I done? What evil is on my hands?

New American Standard Bible
He also said, "Why then is my lord pursuing his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?

King James Bible
And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he continued, "Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done? What evil is in my hand?

International Standard Version
David said, "Why is your majesty pursuing his servant? For what have I done, and what evil do I bear toward you?

NET Bible
He went on to say, "Why is my lord chasing his servant? What have I done? What wrong have I done?

New Heart English Bible
He said, "Why does my lord pursue after his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Why are you pursuing me?" he added. "What have I done? What crime have I committed?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'Wherefore doth my lord pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?

New American Standard 1977
He also said, “Why then is my lord pursuing his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his slave? What have I done? What evil is in my hand?

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?

American King James Version
And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?

American Standard Version
And he said, Wherefore doth my lord pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: Wherefore doth my lord persecute his servant? What have I done? or what evil is there in my hand?

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?

English Revised Version
And he said, Wherefore doth my lord pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, Why doth my lord thus pursue his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?

World English Bible
He said, "Why does my lord pursue after his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand?

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith, 'Why is this -- my lord is pursuing after his servant? for what have I done, and what is in my hand evil?
Study Bible
David Reproves Abner
17Then Saul recognized David's voice and said, "Is this your voice, my son David?" And David said, "It is my voice, my lord the king." 18He also said, "Why then is my lord pursuing his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in my hand? 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.'…
Cross References
1 Samuel 24:9
David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, 'Behold, David seeks to harm you'?

1 Samuel 24:11
"Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.

Psalm 119:161
Princes persecute me without cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your words.

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 he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?

Wherefore

1 Samuel 24:9,11-14 And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, …

Psalm 7:3-5 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands…

Psalm 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Psalm 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head: …

what have I

1 Samuel 17:29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

John 8:46 Which of you convinces me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do …

John 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; …

John 18:23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: …

(18) What have I done?--The whole address of David to Saul is intensely reverent, even loving. The conspicuous trophy of his late "night raid" was in his hand; we can imagine the first rays of the morning sun lighting up the glittering royal spear grasped by David. Saul could not help recognising that at least the son of Jesse sought not his life.

And he said, wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant?.... Suggesting that it was both below him to do it, and against his interest; for David was his servant, and he would gladly have continued in his service, and done his business, but he drove him from it, and pursued him as a traitor, when he had not been guilty of any offence to his knowledge: and therefore puts the following questions:

for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand? what crime had he committed, that he was pursued after this manner, and his life sought for? what had he done worthy of death? having a clear conscience, he could boldly ask these questions. 26:13-20 David reasoned seriously and affectionately with Saul. Those who forbid our attendance on God's ordinances, do what they can to estrange us from God, and to make us heathens. We are to reckon that which exposes us to sin the greatest injury that can be done us. If the Lord stirred thee up against me, either in displeasure to me, taking this way to punish me for my sins against him, or in displeasure to thee, if it be the effect of that evil spirit from the Lord which troubles thee; let Him accept an offering from us both. Let us join in seeking peace, and to be reconciled with God by sacrifice.
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