Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have guarded all that this man has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; and he has returned me evil for good.
He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.
They had just gone out of the city, and were not far off, when Joseph said to his house steward, “Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good?
David said to his men, “Each of you gird on his sword.” So each man girded on his sword. And David also girded on his sword, and about four hundred men went up behind David while two hundred stayed with the baggage.
“ Fools, even those without a name, They were scourged from the land.
They repay me evil for good, To the bereavement of my soul.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
And those who repay evil for good, They oppose me, because I follow what is good.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause.
Should good be repaid with evil? For they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You To speak good on their behalf, So as to turn away Your wrath from them.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.