1 Samuel 24:20
New International Version
I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.

New Living Translation
And now I realize that you are surely going to be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will flourish under your rule.

English Standard Version
And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

Berean Study Bible
Now I know for sure that you will be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.

New American Standard Bible
"Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.

New King James Version
And now I know indeed that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

King James Bible
And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.

Christian Standard Bible
"Now I know for certain you will be king, and the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.

Contemporary English Version
I realize now that you will be the next king, and a powerful king at that.

Good News Translation
Now I am sure that you will be king of Israel and that the kingdom will continue under your rule.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Now I know for certain you will be king, and the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.

International Standard Version
Now I know for certain that you will be king, and that the kingdom will be established under your authority.

NET Bible
Now look, I realize that you will in fact be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.

New Heart English Bible
Now, look, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now I know that you certainly will rule as king, and under your guidance the kingdom of Israel will prosper.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And now, behold, I know that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thy hand.

New American Standard 1977
“And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel shall be firm and stable in thy hand.

King James 2000 Bible
And now, behold, I know well that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

American King James Version
And now, behold, I know well that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

American Standard Version
And now, behold, I know that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thy hand.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And now, behold, I know that thou shalt surely reign, and the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thy hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now as I know that thou shalt surely be king, and have the kingdom of Israel in thy hand:

Darby Bible Translation
And now behold, I know that thou shalt certainly be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thy hand.

English Revised Version
And now, behold, I know that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now, behold, I know well that thou wilt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in thy hand.

World English Bible
Now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

Young's Literal Translation
'And, now, lo, I have known that thou dost certainly reign, and the kingdom of Israel hath stood in thy hand;
Study Bible
David's Oath to Saul
19When a man finds his enemy, does he let him go away unharmed? May the LORD reward you with good for what you have done for me this day. 20Now I know for sure that you will be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. 21So now, swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s house.”…
Cross References
1 Samuel 13:14
But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought a man after His own heart and appointed him ruler over His people, because you have not kept the command of the LORD."

1 Samuel 23:17
saying, "Do not be afraid, for my father Saul will never lay a hand on you. And you will be king over Israel, and I will be your second-in-command. Even my father Saul knows this is true."

Treasury of Scripture

And now, behold, I know well that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

I know well

1 Samuel 20:30,31
Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness? …

1 Samuel 23:17
And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.

2 Samuel 3:17,18
And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you: …







Lexicon
Now
וְעַתָּה֙ (wə·‘at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6258: At this time

I know
יָדַ֔עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

for sure that
הִנֵּ֣ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

you will be king,
תִּמְל֑וֹךְ (tim·lō·wḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4427: To reign, inceptively, to ascend the throne, to induct into royalty, to take counsel

and that the kingdom
מַמְלֶ֖כֶת (mam·le·ḵeṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4467: Kingdom, sovereignty, dominion, reign

of Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

will be established
וְקָ֙מָה֙ (wə·qā·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

in your hands.
בְּיָ֣דְךָ֔ (bə·yā·ḏə·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand
(20) And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king.--Clericus (in Lange) says: "From this great magnanimity of David, Saul concluded that a man who was much superior in soul to kings could not but reign." This is a good comment, and doubtless expresses something of what was in Saul's mind on this occasion; but more must have been behind to have induced the king to make such a speech to David. Never had he for one moment forgotten his old friend's words--the words of Samuel, whom he too well knew was the prophet of the Most High--when he with all solemnity announced to him, as a message from heaven, that the Lord had rent the kingdom from him, and had given it to a neighbour that was better than he (1Samuel 15:21). Since that awful denunciation, the unhappy Saul was only too sensible that the blessing of Jehovah of Hosts no longer rested on his head, no longer blessed his going out and coming in, while the strange, bright career of the son of Jesse seemed to point him out as the neighbour on whom the choice of God had fallen. Rumours, too, of a mysterious anointing must have long ere this reached Saul; this, joined to the passionate advocacy of Jonathan, and the quiet, steady friendship of Samuel, no doubt convinced King Saul that in the son of Jesse he saw Israel's future monarch. Strong, therefore, in this conviction, and for the time humiliated and grieved at the sorry part he had been playing in this restless persecution of one destined to fill so great a position, the king positively entreats the outlaw to swear to him the strange promise contained in the next (21st) verse.

Verses 20-22. - I know well that thou shalt surely be king. Jonathan had expressed a similar conviction (1 Samuel 23:17), and probably there was a growing popular belief that David was the person in whom Samuel's prophetic words (1 Samuel 15:28) were to be fulfilled. Something may even have been known of the selection of David and his anointing at Bethlehem; not perhaps by the king, but in an indistinct way by the people. As for Saul himself, he must long have felt that God's blessing had departed from him, and, brooding perpetually over Samuel's words, it required but little discernment on his part to make him see that the kingdom which he had forfeited was to be bestowed upon one so worthy of it, and so manifestly protected and blessed by God. He therefore makes David swear that he will not cut off his seed after him (see on 1 Samuel 20:15); and so they part. Saul returns to Gibeah, while David and his men gat them up unto the hold. The word gat up, mounted, suggests that the hold, or fastness, was their previous haunt at Hachilah: They would go down to En-gedi, and the difficulty of obtaining food there for 600 men would be insurmountable, except for a very short period. On the other side of the desert they were in a pastoral country, and the large flock masters there probably from time to time sent them supplies. The position of David was thus improved for the present by Saul s reconciliation with him.



24:16-22 Saul speaks as quite overcome with David's kindness. Many mourn for their sins, who do not truly repent of them; weep bitterly for them, yet continue in love and in league with them. Now God made good to David that word on which he had caused him to hope, that he would bring forth his righteousness as the light, Ps 37:6. Those who take care to keep a good conscience, may leave it to God to secure them the credit of it. Sooner or later, God will force even those who are of the synagogue of Satan to know and to own those whom he has loved. They parted in peace. Saul went home convinced, but not converted; ashamed of his envy to David, yet retaining in his breast that root of bitterness; vexed that when at last he had found David, he could not find in his heart to destroy him, as he had designed. Malice often seems dead when it is only asleep, and will revive with double force. Yet, whether the Lord bind men's hands, or affect their hearts, so that they do not hurt us, the deliverance is equally from him; it is an evidence of his love, and an earnest of our salvation, and should make us thankful.
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