And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, David seeks your hurt?
Treasury of Scripture
1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred you up against me...
Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go up and down as a talebearer among your people: neither shall you stand against the blood of your neighbor...
Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that has an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Psalm 141:6 When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.
Proverbs 16:28 A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.
Proverbs 17:4 A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.
Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Proverbs 25:23 The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
Proverbs 26:20-22,28 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases...
Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.
Ecclesiastes 7:21,22 Also take no heed to all words that are spoken; lest you hear your servant curse you...
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...
ContextDavid Spares Saul
1And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi. 2Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the rocks of the wild goats. 3And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave. 4And the men of David said to him, Behold the day of which the LORD said to you, Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it shall seem good to you. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privately. 5And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. 6And he said to his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD's anointed, to stretch forth my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. 7So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way. 8David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself. 9And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, David seeks your hurt? 10Behold, this day your eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered you to day into my hand in the cave: and some bade me kill you: but my eye spared you; and I said, I will not put forth my hand against my lord; for he is the LORD's anointed. 11Moreover, my father, see, yes, see the skirt of your robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of your robe, and killed you not, know you and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in my hand, and I have not sinned against you; yet you hunt my soul to take it. 12The LORD judge between me and you, and the LORD avenge me of you: but my hand shall not be on you. 13As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the wicked: but my hand shall not be on you. 14After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom do you pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea. 15The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and you, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of your hand.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearkenest thou to men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
And said to Saul: Why dost thou hear the words of men that say David seeketh thy hurt?
Darby Bible Translation
And David said to Saul, Why dost thou listen to words of men, saying, Behold, David seeks thy hurt?
King James Bible
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
Young's Literal Translation
And David saith to Saul, 'Why dost thou hear the words of man, saying, Lo, David is seeking thine evil?