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1Samuel 18
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Jonathan’s Covenant with David

18When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.H3615H1696H7586H5315H3083H7194H5315H1732H3083H157H5315 2Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father's house.H7586H3947H3117H5414H7725H1H1004 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.H3083H1732H3772H1285H160H5315 4Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.H3083H6584H4598H5414H1732H4055H2719H7198H2289 5David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him; as a result, Saul set him over the army. And all the people, even the servants of Saul, approved.H1732H3318H7586H7971H7919H7586H7760H582H4421H3190H5869H5971H5869H7586H5650 6As they were coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the towns of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments.H935H1732H7725H5221H6430H802H3318H5892H3478H7891H4246H7125H4428H7586H8596H8057H7991 7And the women sang to one another as they made merry, "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands."H802H6030H7832H559H7586H5221H505H1732H7233 8Saul was very angry, for this saying displeased him. He said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands; what more can he have but the kingdom?"H7586H3966H2734H1697H3415H5869H559H5414H1732H7233H5414H505H4410 9So Saul eyed David from that day on.H7586H5770H1732H3117H1973

Saul Tries to Kill David

10The next day an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand;H4283H7451H7307H430H6743H7586H5012H8432H1004H1732H5059H3027H3117H2595H7586H3027 11and Saul threw the spear, for he thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.H7586H2904H2595H559H5221H1732H7023H1732H5437H6440H6471 12Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.H7586H3372H6440H1732H3068H5493H7586 13So Saul removed him from his presence, and made him a commander of a thousand; and David marched out and came in, leading the army.H7586H5493H7760H8269H505H3318H935H6440H5971 14David had success in all his undertakings; for the LORD was with him.H1732H7919H1870H3068 15When Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him.H7586H7200H7919H3966H7919H1481H6440 16But all Israel and Judah loved David; for it was he who marched out and came in leading them.H3478H3063H157H1732H3318H935H6440

David Marries Michal

17Then Saul said to David, "Here is my elder daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife; only be valiant for me and fight the LORD's battles." For Saul thought, "I will not raise a hand against him; let the Philistines deal with him."H7586H559H1732H1419H1323H4764H5414H802H1121H2428H3898H3068H4421H7586H559H3027H3027H6430 18David said to Saul, "Who am I and who are my kinsfolk, my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?"H1732H559H7586H2416H1H4940H3478H2860H4428 19But at the time when Saul's daughter Merab should have been given to David, she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.H6256H4764H7586H1323H5414H1732H5414H5741H4259H802 20Now Saul's daughter Michal loved David. Saul was told, and the thing pleased him.H4324H7586H1323H157H1732H5046H7586H1697H3474H5869 21Saul thought, "Let me give her to him that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall now be my son-in-law."H7586H559H5414H4170H3027H6430H7586H559H1732H3117H2859H8147 22Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to David in private and say, 'See, the king is delighted with you, and all his servants love you; now then, become the king's son-in-law.'"H7586H6680H5650H1696H1732H3909H559H4428H2654H5650H157H4428H2859 23So Saul's servants reported these words to David in private. And David said, "Does it seem to you a little thing to become the king's son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor man and of no repute?"H7586H5650H1696H1697H241H1732H1732H559H5869H7043H4428H2859H7326H376H7034 24The servants of Saul told him, "This is what David said."H5650H7586H5046H559H1697H1696H1732 25Then Saul said, "Thus shall you say to David, 'The king desires no marriage present except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged on the king's enemies.'" Now Saul planned to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.H7586H559H559H1732H4428H2656H4119H3967H6190H6430H5358H4428H341H7586H2803H1732H5307H3027H6430 26When his servants told David these words, David was well pleased to be the king's son-in-law. Before the time had expired,H5650H5046H1732H1697H3474H1697H5869H1732H4428H2859H3117H4390 27David rose and went, along with his men, and killed one hundred of the Philistines; and David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king's son-in-law. Saul gave him his daughter Michal as a wife.H1732H6965H3212H582H5221H6430H3967H376H1732H935H6190H4390H4428H4428H2859H7586H5414H4324H1323H802 28But when Saul realized that the LORD was with David, and that Saul's daughter Michal loved him,H7586H7200H3045H3068H1732H4324H7586H1323H157 29Saul was still more afraid of David. So Saul was David's enemy from that time forward.H7586H3254H3372H6440H1732H7586H1732H341H3117 30Then the commanders of the Philistines came out to battle; and as often as they came out, David had more success than all the servants of Saul, so that his fame became very great.H8269H6430H3318H1767H3318H1732H7919H5650H7586H8034H3966H3365


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