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1Samuel 20
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20Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?"H1732H1272H5121H7414H935H559H6440H3083H6213H5771H2403H6440H1H1245H5315 2"Never!" Jonathan replied. "You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn't do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn't so!"H559H2486H4191H1H6213H6213H1697H1419H6996H1540H241H1H5641H1697 3But David took an oath and said, "Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, 'Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.' Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death."H1732H7650H559H1H3045H3045H4672H2580H5869H559H3083H3045H6087H199H3068H2416H5315H2416H6587H4194 4Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you."H559H3083H1732H5315H559H6213 5So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.H1732H559H3083H4279H2320H3427H3427H4428H398H7971H5641H7704H7992H6153 6If your father misses me at all, tell him, 'David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem, his hometown, because an annual sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.'H1H6485H6485H559H1732H7592H7592H7323H1035H5892H3117H2077H4940 7If he says, 'Very well,' then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me.H559H2896H5650H7965H2734H2734H3045H7451H3615 8As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the LORD. If I am guilty, then kill me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?"H6213H2617H5650H935H5650H1285H3068H3426H5771H4191H935H1 9"Never!" Jonathan said. "If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn't I tell you?"H3083H559H2486H3045H3045H7451H3615H1H935H5046 10David asked, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?"H559H1732H3083H5046H1H6030H7186 11"Come," Jonathan said, "let's go out into the field." So they went there together.H3083H559H1732H3212H3318H7704H3318H8147H7704 12Then Jonathan said to David, "I swear by the LORD, the God of Israel, that I will surely sound out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know?H3083H559H1732H3068H430H3478H2713H1H4279H6256H7992H2895H1732H7971H1540H241 13But if my father intends to harm you, may the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away in peace. May the LORD be with you as he has been with my father.H3068H6213H3541H3254H3083H3190H1H7451H1540H241H7971H1980H7965H3068H1 14But show me unfailing kindness like the LORD's kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,H518H2416H6213H2617H3068H4191 15and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family—not even when the LORD has cut off every one of David's enemies from the face of the earth."H3772H2617H1004H5704H5769H3068H3772H341H1732H376H6440H127 16So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the LORD call David's enemies to account."H3083H3772H1004H1732H3068H1245H3027H1732H341 17And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.H3083H1732H7650H3254H160H157H160H5315 18Then Jonathan said to David, "Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.H3083H559H1732H4279H2320H6485H4186H6485 19The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel.H8027H3381H3966H935H4725H5641H3117H4639H3427H681H68H237 20I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target.H3384H7969H2671H6654H7971H4307 21Then I will send a boy and say, 'Go, find the arrows.' If I say to him, 'Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,' then come, because, as surely as the LORD lives, you are safe; there is no danger.H7971H5288H3212H4672H2671H559H559H5288H2671H3947H935H7965H1697H3068H2416 22But if I say to the boy, 'Look, the arrows are beyond you,' then you must go, because the LORD has sent you away.H559H5958H2671H1973H3212H3068H7971 23And about the matter you and I discussed—remember, the LORD is witness between you and me forever."H1697H1696H3068H5704H5769 24So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat.H1732H5641H7704H2320H4428H3427H398H3899 25He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.H4428H3427H4186H6471H4186H7023H3083H6965H74H3427H7586H6654H1732H4725H6485 26Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, "Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean—surely he is unclean."H7586H1696H3972H3117H559H4745H1115H2889H2889 27But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"H4283H8145H2320H1732H4725H6485H7586H559H3083H1121H935H1121H3448H3899H8543H3117 28Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem.H3083H6030H7586H1732H7592H7592H5978H1035 29He said, 'Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table."H559H7971H4940H2077H5892H251H6680H4672H2580H5869H4422H7200H251H935H4428H7979 30Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?H7586H639H2734H3083H559H1121H5753H4780H3045H977H1121H3448H1322H1322H517H6172 31As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!"H3117H1121H3448H2425H127H3559H4438H7971H3947H1121H4194 32"Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father.H3083H6030H7586H1H559H4191H6213 33But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.H7586H2904H2595H5221H3083H3045H3617H1H4191H1732 34Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father's shameful treatment of David.H3083H6965H7979H2750H639H398H3899H8145H3117H2320H6087H1732H1H3637 35In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him,H1242H3083H3318H7704H4150H1732H6996H5288 36and he said to the boy, "Run and find the arrows I shoot." As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.H559H5288H7323H4672H2671H3384H5288H7323H3384H2678H5674 37When the boy came to the place where Jonathan's arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, "Isn't the arrow beyond you?"H5288H935H4725H2678H3083H3384H3083H7121H310H5288H559H2678H1973 38Then he shouted, "Hurry! Go quickly! Don't stop!" The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master.H3083H7121H310H5288H4120H2363H5975H3083H5288H3950H2671H2678H935H113 39(The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.)H5288H3045H3972H3083H1732H3045H1697 40Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, "Go, carry them back to town."H3083H5414H3627H5288H559H3212H935H5892 41After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.H5288H935H1732H6965H681H5045H5307H639H776H7812H7969H6471H5401H376H7453H1058H376H7453H1732H1431 42Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.' " Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.H3083H559H1732H3212H7965H7650H8147H8034H3068H559H3068H2233H2233H5704H5769H6965H3212H3083H935H5892


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