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said, As thy soul liveth, O king, || sight of all the people, and also I cannot tell.

in the sight of Saul's servants, 56 And the king said, Enquire 6 And it came to pass as they thou whose son the stripling is. came, when David was returned

57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philisfrom the slaughter of the Phi- tine, that the women came out listine, Abner took him, and of all cities of Israel, singing brought him before Saul with and dancing, to meet king Saul, the head of the Philistine in his with tabrets, with joy, and with hand.

instruments of musick. 58 And Saul said to him, 7 And the women answered Whose son art thou, thou young one another as they played, and

, man? And David answered, I said, Saul hath slain his thouam the son of thy servant Jesse sands, and David his ten thouthe Beth-lehemite.

sands.

8 And Saul was very wroth, CHAP. XVIII.

and the saying displeased him;

and he said, They have ascribed JONATHAN'S LOVE TO DAVID.

unto David ten thousands, and AND it came to pass, when to me they have ascribed but he had made an end of speaking thousands : and what can he

:, unto Saul, that the soul of Jona- have more but the kingdom? than was knit with the soul of 9 And Saul eyed David from David, and Jonathan, loved him that day and forward. as his own soul. /

10 And it came to pass on the 2 And Saul took him that day, morrow, that the evil spirit from and would let him go no more God came upon Saul, and he home to his father's house. prophesied in the midst of the

3 Then Jonathan and David house: and David played with made a covenant, because he his hand, as at other times: and loved him as his own soul. there was a javelin in Saul's

4 And Jonathan stripped him-hand. self of the robe that was upon 11 And Saul cast the javelin; him, and gave it to David, and for he said, I will smite David his garments, even to his sword, even to the wall with it. And and to his bow, and to his gir- David avoided out of his predle.

sence twice. 5 And David went out whi. 12 And Saul was afraid of Da. thersoever Saul sent him, and vid, because the LORD was with behaved himself wisely : and him, and was departed from Saul set him over the men of Saul. war, and he was accepted in the 13 Therefore Saul removed

him from him, and made him || servants, saying, Commune with his captain over a thousand; and David secretly, and say, Be: he went out and came in before hold, the king hath delight in the people.

thee, and all his servants love 14 And David behaved him- thee: now therefore be the self wisely in all his ways; and king's son-in-law. the LORD was with him.

23 And Saul's servants spake 15 Wherefore when Saul saw those words in the ears of Dathat he behaved himself very | vid. And David said, Seemeth wisely, he was afraid of him. it to you a light thing to be a

16 But all Israel and Judah || king's son-in-law, seeing that I loved David, because he went am a poor man, and lightly esout and came in before them. teemed?

17 And Saul said to David, 24 And the servants of Saul Behold my elder daughter Me- told him, saying, On this manrab, her will I give thee to wife: ner spake David. only be thou valiant for me, and 251 And Saul said, Thus shall fight the LORD's battles. For ye say to David, The king desirSaul said, Let not mine hand be eth not any dowry, but an hunupon him, but let the hand of dred foreskins of the Philistines, the Philistines be upon him. . to be avenged of the king's

18 And David said unto Saul, enemies. But Saul thought to who am I? and what is my life, make David fall by the hand of or my father's family in Israel, the Philistines. that I should be son-in-law to 26 And when his servants told the king?

David these words, it pleased 19 But it came to pass at the David well to be the king's sontime when Merab Saul's daugh-in-law: and the days were not ter, should have been given to expired. David, that she was given unto

27 Wherefore David arose and Adriel the Meholathite to wife. went, he and his men, and slew

20 And Michal Saul's daugh-of the Philistines two hundred ter loved David : and they told men; and David brought their Saul, and the thing pleased him. foreskins, and they gave them 21 And Saul said, I will give in full tale to the king, that he him her, that she may be a snare might be the king's son-in-law. to him, and that the hand of the And Saul gave him Michal his Philistines may be against him. daughter to wife. Wherefore Saul said to David, 28 And Saul saw and knew Thou shalt this day be my son that the LORD was with David, in-law, in the one of the twain. and that Michal Saul's daughter 22 And Saul commanded his loved him.

29 And Saul was yet the more

and the LORD wrought a great afraid of David; and Saul be- salvation for all Israel : thou came David's enemy conti. sawest it, and didst rejoice: nually.

wherefore then wilt thou sin 30 Then the princes of the against innocent blood, to slay Philistines went forth: and it David without a cause? came to pass, after they went 6 And Saul hearkened unto the forth, that David behaved him- | voice of Jonathan : and Saul self more wisely than all the sware, As the Lord liveth, he servants of Saul; so that his shall not be slain. name was much set by.

7 And Jonathan called David,

and Jonathan shewed him all CHAP. XIX.

those things. And Jonathan

brought David to Saul, and he SAUL'S JEALOUSY TO DAVID.

was in his presence, as in times AND Saul spake to Jonathan past. his son, and to all his servants, 8 And there was war again : that they should kill David. and David went out, and fought

2 But Jonathan Saul's son de- with the Philistines, and slew lighted much in David: and them with a great slaughter; and Jonathan told David, saying, they fled from him. Saul my father seeketh to kill 9 And the evil spirit from the thee: now therefore, I pray thce, LORD was upon Saul, as he sat take heed to thyself until the in his house with his javelin in morning, and abide in a secret his hand : and David played pluce, and hide thyself.;

with his hand. S Ånd I will go out and stand 10 And Saul sought to smite beside my father in the field David even to the wall with the where thou art, and I will com- javelin; but he slipped away out mune with my father of thee; of Saul's presence, and he smote and what I see, that I will tell the javelin into the wall: and Dathee.

vid fed, and escaped that night. 4 And Jonathan spake good of

11. Saul also sent messengers David unto Saul his father, and unto David's house, to watch

un said unto him, Let not the king him, and to slay him in the sin against his servant, against morning: and Michal David's David; because he hath not sin- wife told him, saying, If thou ned against thee, and because save not thy life to-night, tohis works have been to thee. morrow thou shalt be slain. Ward very good:

12 So Michal let David down 5 For he did put his life in his through a window: and he went, hand, and slew the Philistine, and fed, and escaped.

- 13 And Michal took an image, they prophesied likewise. And and laid it in the bed, and put a Saul sent messengers again the pillow of goats' hair for his third time, and they prophesied bolster, and covered it with a also. cloth)

22 Then went he also to Ra14 And when Saul sent the mah, and came to a great well messengers to take David, she that is in Sechu: and he asked He is sick.

and said, Where are Samuel 15 And Saul sent the messen- and David ? and one said, Be. gers again to see David, say- hold, they be at Naioth in Raing, Bring him up to me in the mah. bed, that I may slay him. I 23 And he went thither to

16 And when the messengers Naioth in Ramah : and the Spirit were come in, behold, there of God was upon him also, and was an image in the bed, with a he went on and prophesied, unpillow of goats' hair for his bols- til he came to Naioth in Rater.

mah. 17 And Saul said unto Michal, 24 And he stripped off his Why hast thou deceived me so, clothes also, and prophesied beand sent away mine enemy, that fore Samuel in like manner, and he is escaped? And Michal an- lay down naked all that day and swered Saul, He said unto me, all that night. Wherefore they Let me go; why should I kill say, Is Saul also among the prothee?

phets? 18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah,

CHAP. XX. and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel

DAVID AND JONATHAN went and dwelt in Naioth.

19 And it was told Saul, say- AND David fled from Naioth ing, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah, and came, and said in Ramah.

before Jonathan, What have I 20 And Saul sent messengers done? what is mine iniquity ? to take David: and when they and what is my sin before thy saw the company of the prophets father, that he seeketh my life? prophesying, and Samuel stand- 2 And he said unto him, God ing as appointed over them, the forbid; thou shalt not die: beSpirit of God was upon the mes- hold, my father will do nothing sengers of Saul, and they also either great or small, but that prophesied.

he will shew it me: and why 21 And when it was told Saul, should my father hide this thing he sent other messengers, and from me? it is not so.

CONSULT.

3 And David sware moreover, ed by my father to come upon and said, Thy father certainly thee, then would not I tell it knoweth that I have found grace thee? in thine eyes; and he saith, Let 10 Then said David to Jonanot Jonathan know this, lest he than, Who shall tell me ? or be grieved: but truly as the what if thy father answer thee LORD liveth, and as thy soul roughly ? liveth, there is but a step between

11 And Jonathan said unto me and death.

David, Come, and let us go out 4 Then said Jonathan unto into the field. And they went David, Whatsoever thy soul de- out both of them into the field. sireth, I will even do it for 12 And Jonathan said unto thee.

David, O LORD God of Israel, 5 And David said unto Jona- when I have sounded my father

' than, Behold, to-morrow is the about to-morrow any time, or new moon, and I should not fail the third day, and, behold, if to sit with the king at meat; but there be good toward David, and let me go, that I may hide my. I then send not unto thee, and self in the field unto the third shew it thee; day at even:

13 The Lord do so and much 6 If thy father at all miss me, more to Jonathan : but if it then say, David earnestly asked please my father to do thee evil, leave of me, that he might run then I will shew it thee, and to Beth-lehem his city : for send thee away, that thou maythere is a yearly sacrifice there est go in peace : and the LORD for all the family.

be with thee, as he hath been 7 If he say thus, It is well; with my father. thy servant shall have peace :

14 And thou shalt not only, but if he be very wroth, iben be while yet I live, shew me the

I sure that evil is determined by kindness of the LORD, that I him.

die not : 8 Therefore thou shalt deal 15 But also thou shalt not cut kindly with thy servant; for off thy kindness from my house thou hast brought thy servant forever: no, not when the LORD into a covenant of the Lord hath cut off the enemies of Dawith thee : notwithstanding, if vid, every one from the face of there be in me iniquity, slay the earth. me thyself; for why shouldest 16 So Jonathan made a covethou bring me to thy father? nant with the house of David,

9 And Jonathan said, Far be saying, Let the Lord even reit from thee: for if I knew cer- quire it at the hand of David's tainly that evil were determin- enemies.

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