1Samuel 20 - Prayer Tents



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1Samuel 20
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20David fled from Naioth in Ramah. He came to Jonathan and said, "What have I done? What is my crime, and how have I wronged your father so that he's determined to kill me?H1732H1272H5121H7414H935H559H6440H3083H6213H5771H2403H6440H1H1245H5315 2Jonathan said to him, "Far from it! You won't die. Look, my father never does anything, great or small, without telling me; so why should my father hide this thing from me? It's not like that!"H559H2486H4191H1H6213H6213H1697H1419H6996H1540H241H1H5641H1697 3David again took an oath: "Your father certainly knows that I've found favor with you, and so he said to himself, 'Jonathan must not know this so he won't be upset.' But as certainly as the Lord is alive and living, and as certainly as I'm alive and living, too, there is only a step between me and death."H1732H7650H559H1H3045H3045H4672H2580H5869H559H3083H3045H6087H199H3068H2416H5315H2416H6587H4194 4Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you say, I'll do."H559H3083H1732H5315H559H6213 5David said to Jonathan, "Look, the new moon is tomorrow, and I'm expected to sit down with the king to eat. Let me go so I can hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.H1732H559H3083H4279H2320H3427H3427H4428H398H7971H5641H7704H7992H6153 6If your father actually notices that I'm not there, then you are to say, 'David urgently requested that I allow him to run to his hometown of Bethlehem because the yearly sacrifice for the entire family was taking place there.'H1H6485H6485H559H1732H7592H7592H7323H1035H5892H3117H2077H4940 7If he says, 'Good,' then your servant will be safe. But if he actually gets angry, you will know that his intentions are evil.H559H2896H5650H7965H2734H2734H3045H7451H3615 8Now, show gracious kindness to your servant because you have entered into a sacred covenant with your servant. If there is iniquity in me, then kill me yourself - why should you bring me to your father?"H6213H2617H5650H935H5650H1285H3068H3426H5771H4191H935H1 9"Nonsense!" Jonathan replied. "If I actually knew that my father intended evil against you, wouldn't I tell you about it?"H3083H559H2486H3045H3045H7451H3615H1H935H5046 10Then David said to Jonathan, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?"H559H1732H3083H5046H1H6030H7186 11Then Jonathan said to David, "Come, let's go into the field." So the two of them went into the field.H3083H559H1732H3212H3318H7704H3318H8147H7704 12Jonathan said to David, "The Lord God of Israel is my witness that I'll carefully question my father by tomorrow or the next day. And if the response is favorable for David, will I not then send word to you and let you know?H3083H559H1732H3068H430H3478H2713H1H4279H6256H7992H2895H1732H7971H1540H241 13But if my father intends to harm you, may the Lord strike me dead if I don't let you know and send you away so you may go safely. May the Lord be with you as he has been with my father.H3068H6213H3541H3254H3083H3190H1H7451H1540H241H7971H1980H7965H3068H1 14If I remain alive, don't fail to show me the Lord's gracious love so that I don't die.H518H2416H6213H2617H3068H4191 15And don't stop showing your gracious love to my family forever, not even when the Lord eliminates each of David's enemies from the surface of the earth."H3772H2617H1004H5704H5769H3068H3772H341H1732H376H6440H127 16Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David: "May the Lord punish any violation of this covenant by the hand of David's enemies."H3083H3772H1004H1732H3068H1245H3027H1732H341 17Jonathan made David vow again out of his love for him, because he loved him as himself.12H3083H1732H7650H3254H160H157H160H5315 18Jonathan said to him, "Tomorrow is the new moon, and you will be missed because your seat is empty.H3083H559H1732H4279H2320H6485H4186H6485 19On the third day go down quickly and come to the place where you hid earlier. Remain beside the rock at Ezel.H8027H3381H3966H935H4725H5641H3117H4639H3427H681H68H237 20I'll shoot three arrows to the side of the rock as though I were shooting at a target.H3384H7969H2671H6654H7971H4307 21Then I'll send a servant, saying, 'Go, find the arrows.' If I specifically say to the servant, 'Look, the arrows are on this side of you, get them,' then come out because it's safe for you, and, as surely as the Lord lives, there is no danger.H7971H5288H3212H4672H2671H559H559H5288H2671H3947H935H7965H1697H3068H2416 22But if I say this to the young man: 'Look, the arrows are beyond you,' then go, for the Lord has sent you away.H559H5958H2671H1973H3212H3068H7971 23As for the matter about which you and I spoke, remember that the Lord is a witness between us forever."H1697H1696H3068H5704H5769 24David hid in the field. When the new moon arrived, the king sat down to eat.H1732H5641H7704H2320H4428H3427H398H3899 25The king sat down at his place as before, in the seat by the wall. Jonathan stood while Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.H4428H3427H4186H6471H4186H7023H3083H6965H74H3427H7586H6654H1732H4725H6485 26Saul didn't say anything that day because he said to himself, "Something has happened; he's unclean; surely he's not clean."H7586H1696H3972H3117H559H4745H1115H2889H2889 27But the next day, on the second day of the new moon, David's place was empty, and so Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why didn't Jesse's son come to the feast, either yesterday or today?"H4283H8145H2320H1732H4725H6485H7586H559H3083H1121H935H1121H3448H3899H8543H3117 28Jonathan answered Saul, "David urgently requested that I let him go to Bethlehem.H3083H6030H7586H1732H7592H7592H5978H1035 29He said, 'Please let me go because our family has a sacrifice in the town, and my brother has ordered me to come. Now, if it's acceptable to you, please let me get away so I can see my brothers.' That's the reason he didn't come to the king's table."H559H7971H4940H2077H5892H251H6680H4672H2580H5869H4422H7200H251H935H4428H7979 30Saul flew into a rage and said to Jonathan, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have chosen Jesse's son to your shame and to the shame of your mother who bore you?H7586H639H2734H3083H559H1121H5753H4780H3045H977H1121H3448H1322H1322H517H6172 31As long as Jesse's son lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established! Now send someone and bring David to me. He's a dead man!"H3117H1121H3448H2425H127H3559H4438H7971H3947H1121H4194 32Jonathan asked his father Saul, "Why should he be killed?What did he do?"H3083H6030H7586H1H559H4191H6213 33Then Saul threw the spear that was beside him to strike Jonathan down. So Jonathan realized that his father was determined to kill David.H7586H2904H2595H5221H3083H3045H3617H1H4191H1732 34So on the second day of the new moon Jonathan angrily got up from the table without eating because he was upset about David, and because his father had humiliated him.H3083H6965H7979H2750H639H398H3899H8145H3117H2320H6087H1732H1H3637 35In the morning Jonathan, accompanied by a servant, went out to the field for the appointment with David.H1242H3083H3318H7704H4150H1732H6996H5288 36Jonathan said to his servant, "Run, find the arrows that I'm shooting." As the servant ran, Jonathan shot the arrow beyond him.H559H5288H7323H4672H2671H3384H5288H7323H3384H2678H5674 37The servant came to the place where Jonathan had shot it, and Jonathan called out to him, "The arrow is beyond you, isn't it?"H5288H935H4725H2678H3083H3384H3083H7121H310H5288H559H2678H1973 38Jonathan called out to the servant, "Hurry, be quick, don't stand around." Jonathan's servant picked up the arrow and brought it to his master.H3083H7121H310H5288H4120H2363H5975H3083H5288H3950H2671H2678H935H113 39The servant was not aware of anything. Only Jonathan and David understood what had happened.2036H5288H3045H3972H3083H1732H3045H1697 40Then Jonathan gave his equipment to the servant who was with him and said to him, "Go, take these things to the city."H3083H5414H3627H5288H559H3212H935H5892 41The servant went. Then David came out from the south side of the rock, fell on his face, and bowed down three times. The men kissed each other, and both of them cried, but David even more.H5288H935H1732H6965H681H5045H5307H639H776H7812H7969H6471H5401H376H7453H1058H376H7453H1732H1431 42Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace since both of us swore in the name of the Lord: 'May the Lord be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants forever.'" Then David got up and left, while Jonathan went to the city.H3083H559H1732H3212H7965H7650H8147H8034H3068H559H3068H2233H2233H5704H5769H6965H3212H3083H935H5892


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