1 Samuel 24:21
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New International Version
Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's family."

New Living Translation
Now swear to me by the LORD that when that happens you will not kill my family and destroy my line of descendants!"

English Standard Version
Swear to me therefore by the LORD that you will not cut off my offspring after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father’s house.”

Berean Study Bible
So now, swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's house.”

New American Standard Bible
"So now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me and that you will not destroy my name from my father's household."

King James Bible
Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's family."

Contemporary English Version
Promise me with the LORD as your witness, that you won't wipe out my descendants. Let them live to keep my family name alive.

Good News Translation
But promise me in the LORD's name that you will spare my descendants, so that my name and my family's name will not be completely forgotten."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's family."

International Standard Version
Now swear to me by the LORD that you will never eliminate my descendants after me, and that you won't erase my name from my father's family."

NET Bible
So now swear to me in the LORD's name that you will not kill my descendants after me or destroy my name from the house of my father."

New Heart English Bible
Swear now therefore to me by the LORD, that you will not cut off my descendants after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Swear an oath to the LORD for me that you will not wipe out my descendants or destroy my name in my father's family."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.'

New American Standard 1977
“So now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me, and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s household.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.

King James 2000 Bible
Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that you will not cut off my descendants after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house.

American King James Version
Swear now therefore to me by the LORD, that you will not cut off my seed after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house.

American Standard Version
Swear now therefore unto me by Jehovah, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Swear to me by the Lord, that thou wilt not destroy my seed after me, nor take away my name from the house of my father.

Darby Bible Translation
Swear now therefore to me by Jehovah, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.

English Revised Version
Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.

Webster's Bible Translation
Swear now therefore to me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.

World English Bible
Swear now therefore to me by Yahweh, that you will not cut off my seed after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house."

Young's Literal Translation
and, now, swear to me by Jehovah -- thou dost not cut off my seed after me, nor dost thou destroy my name from the house of my father.'
Study Bible
David's Oath to Saul
20Now I know for sure that you will be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. 21So now, swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father's house.” 22So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.…
Cross References
Genesis 21:23
Now, therefore, swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or descendants. Show to me and to the country in which you reside the same kindness that I have shown to you."

1 Samuel 20:14
And as long as I live, treat me with the LORD's loving devotion that I may not die,

2 Samuel 21:6
let seven of his male descendants be delivered to us so that we may hang them before the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the LORD." "I will give them to you," said the king.

Treasury of Scripture

Swear now therefore to me by the LORD, that you will not cut off my seed after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house.

Swear

1 Samuel 20:14-17 And you shall not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the …

Genesis 21:23 Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely …

Genesis 31:48,53 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and you this day. …

Hebrews 6:16 For men truly swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation …

that thou

2 Samuel 21:6-8 Let seven men of his sons be delivered to us, and we will hang them …







(21) Swear now therefore unto me.--So strongly was Saul convinced at this moment that David would at no distant period of time occupy the throne of Israel that he entreated him, when that day should come, not to destroy all his (Saul's) children. This barbarous custom has been always too common a practice in the jealous East. It seems to have been equally dreaded by Jonathan, who made--it will be remembered--this condition of mercy to be shown by David in his day of power to his (Jonathan's) children a part of the solemn covenant concluded between them. (See 1Samuel 20:15.) In the frequent dynastic changes which took place in the kingdom of Israel, we have instances of such wholesale massacres of the royal family of the fallen house. (See 1Kings 15:29, where Baasha slew King Nadab, the son of Jeroboam, and took his throne. Then Baasha, we read, "smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed; "and in 1Kings 16:11, where Zimri murdered his master, King Baasha. Zimri, "as soon as he sat on his throne, slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends.") A similar massacre is described, only with more ghastly details, in 2 Kings 10, where "Jehu slew all that remained to Ahab in Samaria." There the story is peculiarly an Oriental scene of history, with the seventy baskets containing the seventy heads of princes presented as an acceptable offering to the new stern king of Israel--Jehu. It was, therefore, no vain dread of what might happen in the future which made King Saul ask this of David. Doubtless the fear of some such awful catastrophe happening to his own loved children and friends was no small part of the punishment of Saul.

Swear now therefore unto me by the Lord,.... By the Word of the Lord, as the, Targum:

that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me; as was usually done in despotic governments in the eastern countries, and is at this day, when one is advanced to the throne of another, by whom issue is left, who may be rivals and competitors with him:

and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house; by cutting off his seed, the same thing in different words repeated, for the confirmation of it; children bear the names of their fathers, and by them their memory is perpetuated, and cutting off them is destroying the name of their parents. 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.
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