1 Samuel 26:21
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English Standard Version
Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will no more do you harm, because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Behold, I have acted foolishly, and have made a great mistake.”

King James Bible
Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

American Standard Version
Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David; for I will no more do thee harm, because my life was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul said: I have sinned, return, my son David, for I will no more do thee harm, because my life hath been precious in thy eyes this day: for it appeareth that I have done foolishly, and have been ignorant in very many things.

English Revised Version
Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my life was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thy eyes this day: behold I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

David in return taunted Abner with having watched the king carelessly, and made himself chargeable with his death. "For one of the people came to destroy thy lord the king." As a proof of this, he then showed him the spear and pitcher that he had taken away with him. ראה is to be repeated in thought before את־צפּחת: "look where the king's spear is; and (look) at the pitcher at his head," sc., where it is. These reproaches that were cast at Abner were intended to show to Saul, who might at any rate possibly hear, and in fact did hear, that David was the most faithful defender of his life, more faithful than his closest and most zealous servants.

1 Samuel 26:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I have sinned

1 Samuel 15:24,30 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and your words...

1 Samuel 24:17 And he said to David, You are more righteous than I: for you have rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded you evil.

Exodus 9:27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous...

Numbers 22:34 And Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that you stood in the way against me: now therefore...

Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see you to that.

I will no

1 Samuel 27:4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him.

my soul

1 Samuel 26:24 And, behold, as your life was much set by this day in my eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the LORD...

1 Samuel 18:30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth...

Psalm 49:8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases for ever:)

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Cross References
Exodus 9:27
Then Pharaoh sent and called Moses and Aaron and said to them, "This time I have sinned; the LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.

1 Samuel 15:24
Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.

1 Samuel 15:30
Then he said, "I have sinned; yet honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may bow before the LORD your God."

1 Samuel 24:17
He said to David, "You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil.

1 Samuel 26:22
And David answered and said, "Here is the spear, O king! Let one of the young men come over and take it.

Psalm 72:14
From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.

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