1 Samuel 24:13 {14}
Good News Translation
You know the old saying, 'Evil is done only by evil people.' And so I will not harm you.

Contemporary English Version
An old proverb says, "Only evil people do evil things," and so I won't harm you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As also it is said in the old proverb: From the wicked shall wickedness come forth: therefore my hand shall not be upon thee. After whom dost thou come out, O king of Israel?

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As also it is said in the old proverb: From the wicked shall wickedness come forth: therefore my hand shall not be upon thee. After whom dost thou come out, O king of Israel?

Wickedness

Matthew 7:16-18 By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? . . .

Matthew 12:33,34 Either make the tree good and its fruit good: or make the tree evil, and its fruit evil. For by the fruit the tree is known. . . .

Matthew 15:19 For from the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.

Context
David Spares Saul
12The Lord judge between me and thee and the Lord revenge me of thee: but my hand shall not be upon thee. 13As also it is said in the old proverb: From the wicked shall wickedness come forth: therefore my hand shall not be upon thee. After whom dost thou come out, O king of Israel?14After whom dost thou pursue? After a dead dog, after a flea.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:16
By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 12:34
O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things, whereas you are evil? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Ezekiel 16:44
Behold every one that useth a common proverb, shall use this against thee, saying: As the mother was, so also is her daughter.

Additional Translations
As the old proverb says, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ But my hand will never be against you.As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the wicked: but my hand shall not be on you.

As saith the proverb of the ancients, Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be upon thee.

As the old proverb says, Transgression will proceed from the wicked ones: but my hand shall not be upon thee.

As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked; but my hand shall not be upon thee.

As saith the proverb of the ancients, Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but my hand shall not be upon thee.

As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness;' but my hand shall not be on you.

as saith the simile of the ancients, From the wicked goeth out wickedness, and my hand is not on thee.
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