Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi."
Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.
He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there [was] a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.
The men of David said to him, "Behold, [this is] the day of which the LORD said to you, 'Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.'" Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul's robe secretly.
It came about afterward that David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul's [robe].
So he said to his men, "Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD'S anointed."
David persuaded his men with [these] words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on [his] way.
Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.
David said to Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, 'Behold, David seeks to harm you'?
"Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but [my eye] had pity on you; and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD'S anointed.'
"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.
"May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.
"As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness'; but my hand shall not be against you.
"After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?
"The LORD therefore be judge and decide between you and me; and may He see and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand."
When David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, "Is this your voice, my son David?" Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept.
He said to David, "You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you.
"You have declared today that you have done good to me, that the LORD delivered me into your hand and [yet] you did not kill me.
"For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safely? May the LORD therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day.
"Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.
"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."
David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.
For the choir director; [set to] Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by.
I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes [all things] for me.
He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me. Selah. God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.
My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, [Even] the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows And their tongue a sharp sword.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God; [Let] Your glory [be] above all the earth.
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They [themselves] have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!
Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.
I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens And Your truth to the clouds.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God; [Let] Your glory [be] above all the earth.
For the choir director; [set to] Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David. Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods? Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?
No, in heart you work unrighteousness; On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.
The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.
They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,
So that it does not hear the voice of charmers, [Or] a skillful caster of spells.
O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
Let them flow away like water that runs off; [When] he aims his arrows, let them be as headless shafts.
[Let them be] as a snail which melts away as it goes along, [Like] the miscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.
Before your pots can feel [the fire of] thorns He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.
The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
And men will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on earth!"
When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.
And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him,
and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented."
Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
But the centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
"For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does [it]."
Now when Jesus heard [this], He marveled and said to those who were following, "Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.
"I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline [at the table] with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven;
but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed that [very] moment.
When Jesus came into Peter's home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.
[This was] to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: "HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES."
Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side [of the sea].
Then a scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go."
Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air [have] nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
Another of the disciples said to Him, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father."
But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead."
When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep.
And they came to [Him] and woke Him, saying, "Save [us], Lord; we are perishing!"
He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
The men were amazed, and said, "What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"
When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. [They were] so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way.
And they cried out, saying, "What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"
Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them.
The demons [began] to entreat Him, saying, "If You [are] [going to] cast us out, send us into the herd of swine."
And He said to them, "Go!" And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters.
The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs.
And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.