1 Samuel 24:14
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New Living Translation
Who is the king of Israel trying to catch anyway? Should he spend his time chasing one who is as worthless as a dead dog or a single flea?

King James Bible
After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.

Darby Bible Translation
After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a single flea.

World English Bible
Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea?

Young's Literal Translation
'After whom hath the king of Israel come out? after whom art thou pursuing? -- after a dead dog! after one flea!

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Samuel
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book[1] of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Samuel 17:43
"Am I a dog," he roared at David, "that you come at me with a stick?" And he cursed David by the names of his gods.

1 Samuel 26:20
Must I die on foreign soil, far from the presence of the LORD? Why has the king of Israel come out to search for a single flea? Why does he hunt me down like a partridge on the mountains?"

2 Samuel 3:8
Abner was furious. "Am I some Judean dog to be kicked around like this?" he shouted. "After all I have done for your father, Saul, and his family and friends by not handing you over to David, is this my reward--that you find fault with me about this woman?

2 Samuel 9:8
Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, "Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?"

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