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1Samuel 20
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20David fled from Naioth in Ramah and came to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What did I do wrong? How have I sinned against your father so that he wants to take my life?"H1732H1272H5121H7414H935H559H6440H3083H6213H5771H2403H6440H1H1245H5315 2Jonathan said to him, "No, you won't die. Listen, my father doesn't do anything, great or small, without telling me. So why would he hide this matter from me? This can't be [true]."H559H2486H4191H1H6213H6213H1697H1419H6996H1540H241H1H5641H1697 3But David said, "Your father certainly knows that you have come to look favorably on me. He has said, 'Jonathan must not know of this, or else he will be grieved.' " David also swore, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you yourself live, there is but a step between me and death."H1732H7650H559H1H3045H3045H4672H2580H5869H559H3083H3045H6087H199H3068H2416H5315H2416H6587H4194 4Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you say, I will do for you."H559H3083H1732H5315H559H6213 5So David told him, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon, and I'm supposed to sit down and eat with the king. Instead, let me go, and I'll hide in the field until the third night.H1732H559H3083H4279H2320H3427H3427H4428H398H7971H5641H7704H7992H6153 6If your father misses me at all, say, 'David urgently requested my permission to quickly go to his town Bethlehem for an annual sacrifice there involving the whole clan.'H1H6485H6485H559H1732H7592H7592H7323H1035H5892H3117H2077H4940 7If he says, 'Good,' then your servant is safe, but if he becomes angry, you will know he has evil intentions.H559H2896H5650H7965H2734H2734H3045H7451H3615 8Deal faithfully with your servant, for you have brought me into a covenant before the LORD with you. If I have done anything wrong, then kill me yourself; why take me to your father?"H6213H2617H5650H935H5650H1285H3068H3426H5771H4191H935H1 9"No!" Jonathan responded. "If I ever find out my father has evil intentions against you, wouldn't I tell you about it?"H3083H559H2486H3045H3045H7451H3615H1H935H5046 10So David asked Jonathan, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?"H559H1732H3083H5046H1H6030H7186 11He answered David, "Come on, let's go out to the field." So both of them went out to the field.H3083H559H1732H3212H3318H7704H3318H8147H7704 12"By the LORD, the God of Israel, if I sound out my father by this time tomorrow or the next day and I find out that he is favorable toward you, and if I do not send for you and tell you,H3083H559H1732H3068H430H3478H2713H1H4279H6256H7992H2895H1732H7971H1540H241 13then may God punish Jonathan and do so severely. If my father intends to bring evil on you, then I will tell you, and I will send you away, and you will go in peace. May the LORD be with you, just as He was with my father.H3068H6213H3541H3254H3083H3190H1H7451H1540H241H7971H1980H7965H3068H1 14If I continue to live, treat me with the LORD's faithful love, but if I die,H518H2416H6213H2617H3068H4191 15don't ever withdraw your faithful love from my household— not even when the LORD cuts off every one of David's enemies from the face of the earth."H3772H2617H1004H5704H5769H3068H3772H341H1732H376H6440H127 16Then Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the LORD hold David's enemies accountable."H3083H3772H1004H1732H3068H1245H3027H1732H341 17Jonathan once again swore to David in his love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.H3083H1732H7650H3254H160H157H160H5315 18Then Jonathan said to him, "Tomorrow is the New Moon; you'll be missed because your seat will be empty.H3083H559H1732H4279H2320H6485H4186H6485 19The following day hurry down and go to the place where you hid on the day this incident began and stay beside the rock Ezel.H8027H3381H3966H935H4725H5641H3117H4639H3427H681H68H237 20I will shoot three arrows beside it as if I'm aiming at a target.H3384H7969H2671H6654H7971H4307 21Then I will send the young man [and say], 'Go and find the arrows!' Now, if I expressly say to the young man, 'Look, the arrows are on this side of you— get them,' then come, because as the LORD lives, it is safe for you and there is no problem.H7971H5288H3212H4672H2671H559H559H5288H2671H3947H935H7965H1697H3068H2416 22But if I say this to the youth: 'Look, the arrows are beyond you!' then go, for the LORD is sending you away.H559H5958H2671H1973H3212H3068H7971 23As for the matter you and I have spoken about, the LORD will be a witness between you and me forever."H1697H1696H3068H5704H5769 24So David hid in the field. At the New Moon, the king sat down to eat the meal.H1732H5641H7704H2320H4428H3427H398H3899 25He sat at his usual place on the seat by the wall. Jonathan sat facing him and Abner took his place beside Saul, but David's place was empty.H4428H3427H4186H6471H4186H7023H3083H6965H74H3427H7586H6654H1732H4725H6485 26Saul did not say anything that day because he thought, "Something unexpected has happened; he must be ceremonially unclean— yes, that's it, he is unclean."H7586H1696H3972H3117H559H4745H1115H2889H2889 27However, the day after the New Moon, the second day, David's place was [still] empty, and Saul asked his son Jonathan, "Why didn't Jesse's son come to the meal either yesterday or today?"H4283H8145H2320H1732H4725H6485H7586H559H3083H1121H935H1121H3448H3899H8543H3117 28Jonathan answered, "David asked for my permission to go to Bethlehem.H3083H6030H7586H1732H7592H7592H5978H1035 29He said, 'Please let me go because our clan is holding a sacrifice in the town, and my brother has told me to be there. So now, if you are pleased with me, let me go so I can see my brothers.' That's why he didn't come to the king's table."H559H7971H4940H2077H5892H251H6680H4672H2580H5869H4422H7200H251H935H4428H7979 30Then Saul became angry with Jonathan and shouted, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you are siding with Jesse's son to your own shame and to the disgrace of your mother?H7586H639H2734H3083H559H1121H5753H4780H3045H977H1121H3448H1322H1322H517H6172 31Every day Jesse's son lives on earth you and your kingship are not secure. Now send for him and bring him to me— he deserves to die."H3117H1121H3448H2425H127H3559H4438H7971H3947H1121H4194 32Jonathan answered his father back: "Why is he to be killed? What has he done?"H3083H6030H7586H1H559H4191H6213 33Then Saul threw his spear at Jonathan to kill him, so he knew that his father was determined to kill David.H7586H2904H2595H5221H3083H3045H3617H1H4191H1732 34He got up from the table in fierce anger and did not eat any food that second day of the New Moon, for he was grieved because of his father's shameful behavior toward David.H3083H6965H7979H2750H639H398H3899H8145H3117H2320H6087H1732H1H3637 35In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for the appointed meeting with David. A small young man was with him.H1242H3083H3318H7704H4150H1732H6996H5288 36He said to the young man, "Run and find the arrows I'm shooting." As the young man ran, Jonathan shot an arrow beyond him.H559H5288H7323H4672H2671H3384H5288H7323H3384H2678H5674 37He came to the location of the arrow that Jonathan had shot, but Jonathan called to him and said, "The arrow is beyond you, isn't it?"H5288H935H4725H2678H3083H3384H3083H7121H310H5288H559H2678H1973 38Then Jonathan called to him, "Hurry up and don't stop!" Jonathan's young man picked up the arrow and returned to his master.H3083H7121H310H5288H4120H2363H5975H3083H5288H3950H2671H2678H935H113 39He did not know anything; only Jonathan and David knew the arrangement.H5288H3045H3972H3083H1732H3045H1697 40Then Jonathan gave his equipment to the young man who was with him and said, "Go, take it back to the city."H3083H5414H3627H5288H559H3212H935H5892 41When the young man had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone Ezel, fell with his face to the ground, and bowed three times. Then he and Jonathan kissed each other and wept with each other, though David wept more.H5288H935H1732H6965H681H5045H5307H639H776H7812H7969H6471H5401H376H7453H1058H376H7453H1732H1431 42Jonathan then said to David, "Go in the assurance the two of us pledged in the name of the LORD when we said: The LORD will be [a witness] between you and me and between my offspring and your offspring forever." Then David left, and Jonathan went into the city.H3083H559H1732H3212H7965H7650H8147H8034H3068H559H3068H2233H2233H5704H5769H6965H3212H3083H935H5892


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