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3 Then Jonathan and David made a Covenant, because he loved him as his own Soul.
4 And Jonathan stript himself of the Robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his Garments, even to his Sword, and to his Bow, and to his Girdle.
5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent bim, and behaved himself wisely : and Saul set him over the Men of War, and he was accepted in the fight of all the People, and also in the light of Saul's Servants.
6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the Slaughter of the Philistine, that the WoMen came out of all Cities of Israel SINGING and DANCING, to meet King Saul, with Tabrets, with Joy, and with InItruments of Musick.
7 And the Women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath flain his THOUSANDS, and David his TEN THOUSANDS.
8 And Saul was very wroth, and the Saying displeased him ; and he said, They have ascribed unto David Ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but Thousands : and what can he have more but the Kingdom?
9 And Saul eyed David from that Day and forward.
10 And it came to pass on the Morrow, that the evil • Spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the House : and David played with his Hand, as at other Times : and there was a Javelin in Saul's Hand.
u And Saul cast the Javelin ; for he said, I will smite David even to the Wall with it: and David avoided out of his Presence twice.
12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul.
13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his Captain over a thousand : and he went out and came in before the People.
14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his Ways ; and the LORD was with him.
15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
17 And Saul said to David, Behold, my elder Daughter Merab, her will I give thee to Wife : only be thou valiane for me, and fight the LORD's Battles; for Saul said, Let ngt
mine Hand be upon him, but let the Hand of the Philistines be upon him.
18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my Life, or my Father's Family in Israel, that I should be Son-in-law to the King ?
19 But it came to pass, at the Time when Merab Saul's Daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to Wife.
20 And Michal Saul's Daughter loved David : and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.
21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a Snare to him, and that the Hand of the Philistines may be against himn. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this Day be my Son-in-law, in the one of the twain.
22 And Saul commanded his Servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the King hath Delight in thee, and all his Servants love thee : now therefore be the King's Son-in-law.
23 And Saul's Servants spake those Words in the Ears of David : and David said, Seemeth it to you a light Thing to be a King's Son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor Man, and lightly esteemed?
24. And the Servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.
25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye fay to David, The King desireth not any Dowry ; but an hundred Foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the King's Enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the Hand of the Philistines.
26 And when his Servants told David these Words, it pleased David well to be the King's Son-in-law : and the Days were not expired.
27 Wherefore David arose, and went, he and his Men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred Men ; and David brought their Foreskins, and they gave them in full Tale to the King, that he might be the King's Son-in-law : and Saul gave him Michal his Daughter to Wife.
28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's Daughter loved him.
29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David ; and Saul became David's Enemy continually.
30 Then the Princes of the Philistines went forth : and it came to pass after they went forth, that David behaveh
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himself more wisely than all the Servants of Saul, so that his Name was much set by.
CH A P. XIX. i Jonathan discloseth his Father's Purpose to kill David : 4 He
perfuadeth his Father to Reconciliation. 8 By reason of David's good Success in a new War, Saul's malicious Rage break
eth out against him. 12 Michal's Stratagem. Ver. 1 AND a Saul spake to
a PSA L. LIX.
Jonathan his Son,
Michtain of David : when Saul and to all his Servants, that fent, and they watched the House they should kill David.
to kill him. 2 But Jonathan delighted
ELIVER me from mine Enemies,
D o my God: defend me from much in David : and Jona- them that rise up against me. than told David, saying, Saul 2 DELIVER me from the Workers of my Father seeketh to kill
Iniquity, and save me from BLOODY
MEN. thee : now therefore, I pray 3 For lo, they lie in wait for my thee, take heed to thyself un- Soul; the Mighty are gathered atil the Morning, and abide in
gainst me; noi for my TRANSGRES
Sion, nor for my Sin, O LORD.. a secret Place, and hide thy- 4 They run and prepare themfelf.
selves without my Fault ; awake to
help me, and behold. 3. And I will commune
s Thou therefore, O LORD God of with my Father of thee; and Hosts, the God of Israel, awake to what I fee, that I will tell visit all the Heathen : be not mer
ciful to any wiCKED Transgreffors. thee.
6 They return at Evening : they 4 And Jonathan spake good make a Noise like a Dog, and go of David unto Saul, and said, 10 of David unto Sauland tid found about the City.
7 Behold, they belch out with their Let not the King sin against Mouth : Swords are in their Lips; his Servant, against David : for who (say they) doth hear. because he hath not sinNED
8 But ihou, O Lord, Ihalt laugh
at them; thou shalt have all the Heaagainst thee, and because his then in Derision. Works have been to thee- Becaule of his STRENGTH will i ward very good.
wait upon thee : for God is my DE5 For he did put his LIFE 10 The God of my Mercy shall in his Hand, and flew the prevent me : Gop hall let me fec Philistine, and the LORD my Delire upon mine Enemies.
11 Slay them not, left my People wrought a great SALVATION forget : scatter them by chy' POWER ; for all Ifrael: thou sawest it, and bring them down, O LORD our
SHIELD. and didst rejoice : wherefore 12 For the sin of their Mouth then wilt thou SIN against and the Words of their Lips, les INNOCENT BLOOD to flay them.
'RIDE : y and for CURSING and LYING which DAVID without a Cause?
been in their
6 And Saul hearkned unto 13 Consume them in Wrath, conthe Voice of Jonathan : and 1
n. and sume them, that they may not be :
and let them know that GOD RULETH Saul sware, as the LORD li- in Jacob unto the Ends of the Earth. veth he shall not be sain. 14 And at Evening let them re
turn, and let them make a Noise 7 And Jonathan shewed
like a Dog, and go round about the him all those Things : and City. brought David to Saul, and is Let them wander up and down
for Mear, and grudge if they be not he was in his Presence as in fatisfied. Times past.
16 But I will sING of thy POWER ; 8. And there was War a- yea, I will sing aloud of thy MERCY
in the Morning: for thou haft been gain : and David went out, my DEFENCE and Refuge in the Day and fought with the Phili- of my Trouble. Itines, and slew them with a .15, Unto thee, O my STRENGTH,
will I SING, for God is my DEFENCE, great Slaughter : and they and the God of my MERCY. fied from him.
9 And the eVIL SPIRIT from the LORD was upon Saul, as he fat in his House with his Javelin in his Hand : and David played with his Hand.
10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the Wall with the Javelin ; but he sipt away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the Javelin into the Wall : and David fled, and escaped that Night.
ii Saul also sent Messengers unto David's House, to watch him, and to say him in the Morning : and Michal David's Wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy Life To-night, To-morrow thou shalt be sain.
12 So Michal let David down through a Window : and he went and fied, and escaped.
.13 And Michal took an Image, and laid it in the Bed, and put a Pillow of Goat's Hair for his Bolster, and coveted it with a Cloth.
14 And when Saul sent Messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.
15 And Saul sent the Messengers again to see David, faya ing, Bring him up to me in the Bed, that I may lay him.
16 And when the Messengers were come in, behold, there was an Image in the Bed.
17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me to, and sent away mine Enemy, that he is escaped ? and Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go ; why should I kill thee? 18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to
Ramah, Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him: and he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.
19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.
20 And Saul sent Messengers to take David : and when they saw the Company of the Prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the SPIRIT of God was upon the Messengers of Saul; and they also prophesied.
21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other Messengers, and they PROPHESIED likewise : and Saul sent Messengers again the third time, and they PROPHESIED also.
23 Then went he also to Naioth in Ramah : and the Spirit of GOD was upon him also, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah :
24 And he stript off his Clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that Day and all that Night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the Prophets ?
CH A P. XX.
i David consulteth with Jonathan for his Safety : 11 Their
Covenant renewed by Oath. 24 Saul milling David, seeketh to kill Jonathan.
Ver. 1 AND David Aled from Naioth in Ramah, and came
n and said before Jonathan, What have I done ? what is mine Iniquity ? and what is my Sin before thy Father, that he seeketh my Life?
2 And he said unto him, God forbid ; thou shalt not die : behold, my Father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shew it me : and why should my Father hide this Thing from me? it is not so.
3 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy Father certainly knoweth that I have found Grace in thine Eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, left he be grieved: but truly as the Lord liveth, and as thy Soul liveth, there is but a Step between me and Death.
4 Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy Soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.
5 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, To-morrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the King