of Samuel 24:3-21.
Saul took three thousand
picked men from all Israel and went in search of David and his men in the direction of
the wild goat crags.
When he came to the sheepfolds along the
way, he found a cave, which he entered to ease nature. David and his men were occupying the inmost
recesses of the cave.
David's servants said to him,
"This is the day of which the LORD said to you, 'I will deliver your enemy into your grasp; do with
him as you see fit.'" So David moved up and stealthily cut off an end of Saul's
Afterward, however, David regretted that he had
cut off an end of Saul's mantle.
He said to his men,
"The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD'S anointed, as to lay a hand
on him, for he is the Lord's anointed."
words David restrained his men and would not permit them to attack Saul. Saul then left the cave and
went on his way.
David also stepped out of the cave,
calling to Saul, "My lord the king!" When Saul looked back, David bowed to the ground in
and asked Saul: "Why do you listen to those who
say, 'David is trying to harm you'?
You see for
yourself today that the LORD just now delivered you into my grasp in the cave. I had some thought of
killing you, but I took pity on you instead. I decided, 'I will not raise a hand against my lord,
for he is the LORD'S anointed and a father to me.'
here at this end of your mantle which I hold. Since I cut off an end of your mantle and did not kill
you, see and be convinced that I plan no harm and no rebellion. I have done you no wrong, though you
are hunting me down to take my life.
The LORD will judge
between me and you, and the LORD will exact justice from you in my case. I shall not touch
The old proverb says, 'From the wicked comes forth
wickedness.' So I will take no action against you.
Against whom are you on campaign, O king of Israel? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, or
a single flea!
The LORD will be the judge; he will
decide between me and you. May he see this, and take my part, and grant me justice beyond your
When David finished saying these things to
Saul, Saul answered, "Is that your voice, my son David?" And he wept aloud.
Saul then said to David: "You are in the right rather than I; you have
treated me generously, while I have done you harm.
Great is the generosity you showed me today, when the LORD delivered me into your grasp
and you did not kill me.
For if a man meets his enemy,
does he send him away unharmed? May the LORD reward you generously for what you have done this
And now, since I know that you shall surely be
king and that sovereignty over Israel shall come into your possession,
Have mercy on
me, God, have mercy on me. In you I seek shelter. In the shadow of your wings I seek shelter till
harm pass by.
I call to God Most High, to God who
provides for me.
May God send help from heaven to save
me, shame those who trample upon me. May God send fidelity and love. Selah
Show yourself over the heavens, God; may your glory appear above all
For your love towers to the heavens; your faithfulness, to the skies.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3:13-19.
Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and
they came to him.
He appointed twelve (whom he also named
apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
(he appointed the twelve:) Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named
Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder;
Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed