1 Samuel 23:21
New International Version
Saul replied, “The LORD bless you for your concern for me.

New Living Translation
“The LORD bless you,” Saul said. “At last someone is concerned about me!

English Standard Version
And Saul said, “May you be blessed by the LORD, for you have had compassion on me.

Berean Study Bible
“May you be blessed by the LORD,” replied Saul, “for you have had compassion on me.

King James Bible
And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.

New King James Version
And Saul said, “Blessed are you of the LORD, for you have compassion on me.

New American Standard Bible
Saul said, “May you be blessed of the LORD, since you have had compassion on me.

NASB 1995
Saul said, “May you be blessed of the LORD, for you have had compassion on me.

NASB 1977
And Saul said, “May you be blessed of the LORD; for you have had compassion on me.

Amplified Bible
Saul said, “May you be blessed by the LORD, because you have had compassion on me.

Christian Standard Bible
“May you be blessed by the LORD,” replied Saul, “for you have shown concern for me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
“May you be blessed by the LORD,” replied Saul, “for you have taken pity on me.

American Standard Version
And Saul said, Blessed be ye of Jehovah; for ye have had compassion on me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Shaul said to them: “You are blessed by God, for you have had pity on me!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Saul said to them, Blessed be ye of the Lord, for ye have been grieved on my account.

Contemporary English Version
Saul told them: You've done me a big favor, and I pray that the LORD will bless you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul said: Blessed be ye of the Lord, for you have pitied my case.

English Revised Version
And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have had compassion on me.

Good News Translation
Saul answered, "May the LORD bless you for being so kind to me!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul responded, "The LORD bless you for feeling sorry for me!

International Standard Version
Saul said, "May you be blessed by the LORD, because you have been gracious to me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Saul said: 'Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have had compassion on me.

Literal Standard Version
And Saul says, “Blessed [are] you of YHWH, for you have pity on me;

NET Bible
Saul replied, "May you be blessed by the LORD, for you have had compassion on me.

New Heart English Bible
Saul said, "You are blessed by the LORD; for you have had compassion on me.

World English Bible
Saul said, "You are blessed by Yahweh; for you have had compassion on me.

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul saith, 'Blessed are ye of Jehovah, for ye have pity on me;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Saul Pursues David
20Now, O king, come down whenever your soul desires, and we will be responsible for delivering him into your hand.” 21“May you be blessed by the LORD,” replied Saul, “for you have had compassion on me. 22Please go and prepare further. Investigate and watch carefully where he goes and who has seen him there, for I am told that he is extremely cunning.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 22:8
Is that why all of you have conspired against me? Not one of you told me that my own son had made a covenant with the son of Jesse. Not one of you has shown concern for me or revealed to me that my son has stirred up my own servant to lie in wait against me, as is the case today."

1 Samuel 23:22
Please go and prepare further. Investigate and watch carefully where he goes and who has seen him there, for I am told that he is extremely cunning.

2 Samuel 2:5
So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead to tell them, "The LORD bless you, because you showed this kindness to Saul your lord when you buried him.


Treasury of Scripture

And Saul said, Blessed be you of the LORD; for you have compassion on me.

1 Samuel 22:8
That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

Judges 17:2
And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.

Psalm 10:3
For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.









Verses 21-23. - Ye have compassion on me. There is something pitiable in Saul's answer. He had brooded over his rejection from being king, and the many indications that David was to be his successor, till he had become the prey of abject melancholy. He evidently regarded himself as a wronged and injured man, while David to his diseased imagination was ever conspiring against him and plotting his murder. With much prolixity he encourages them still to keep a close watch upon all David's movements, so as to know his place where his haunt is. Literally, "his place where his foot will be," the place whither he goes for rest and refuge. The reason he gives for this long and close observation of David's doings is that it is told him that he dealeth very subtilly. That is, according to Saul's information, he behaved with the utmost prudence, ever keeping a careful look out against surprise, and using much skill to conceal his movements and to provide for his escape from danger. Finally, they are to return with the certainty - with trustworthy and accurate information, and then Saul will gather his forces and search David out throughout all the thousands of Judah. These are the larger divisions of the territory of the tribe (Numbers 1:16; Numbers 10:4), throughout which Saul will hunt for him till he has got him into his power.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“May you
אַתֶּ֖ם (’at·tem)
Pronoun - second person masculine plural
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

be blessed
בְּרוּכִ֥ים (bə·rū·ḵîm)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine plural
Strong's 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

by the LORD,”
לַֽיהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

replied
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

Saul,
שָׁא֔וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

“for
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you have had compassion
חֲמַלְתֶּ֖ם (ḥă·mal·tem)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 2550: To commiserate, to spare

on me.
עָלָֽי׃ (‘ā·lāy)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against


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