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254 Jonathan loveth David: I. SAMUEL. Saul socketh to kill him. the Philistine, and slew him; but there l of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancqvas no sword in the hand of David. ing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with

51 Therefore David ran and stood up-|| joy, and with instruments of musick. on the Philistine, and took his sword, and 7 And the women answered one anothdrew it out of the sheath thereof, ander as they played, and said, Saul hath slew him, and cut off his head therewith. slain his thousands, and David his ten And when the Philistines saw their cham- thousands. pion was dead, they fled.

8 And Saul was very wroth, and the 52 And the men of Israel and of Ju- saying displeased him ; and he said, They dah arose, and shouted, and pursued the have ascribed unto David ten thousands, Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to me they have ascribed but thouand to the gates of Ekron. And the sands : and what can he have more but wounded of the Philistines fell down by the kingdom? the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and 9 And Saul eyed David from that day unto Ekron.

and forward. 53 And the children of Israel returned | 10 ( And it came to pass on the morfrom chasing after the Philistines, and || row, that the evil spirit from God came they spoiled their tents.

upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst 54 And David took the head of the of the house : and David played with his Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem ; hand, as at other times ; and there was a but he put his armour in his tent.

javelin in Saul's hand. • 55 | And when Saul saw David go forth 11 And Saul cast the javelin ; for he against the Philistine, he said unto Abner said, I will smite David even to the wall the captain of the host, Abner, whose son with it. And David avoided out of his is this youth and Abner said, As thy | presence twice. soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.

12 And Saul was afraid of David, 56 And the king said, Inquire thou Because the LORD was with him, and was whose son the stripling is.

departed from Saul. 57 And as David returned from the 13 Therefore Saul removed him from slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took || him, and made him bis captain over a him, and brought him before Saul with thousand ; and he went out and came in the head of the Philistine in his hand. before the people..

58 And Saul said to him, Whose son 14 And David behaved himself wisely art thou, thou young man? And David in all his ways; and the LORD was with answered, I am the son of thy servant him. Jesse the Beth-lehemite.

15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he CHAP. XVIII.

behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid 1 Jonathan loveth David. 5 Saul envieth of him. his praise, 10 seeketh to kill him in his fu- 1 16 But all Israel and Judah loved Dary, 12 feareth him for his good success. vid, because he went out and came in be17 He offereth him his daughters for a snare.

17 1 And Saul said to David, Behold, AND it came to pass, when he had my elder daughter Merab, her will I give 61 made an end of speaking unto Saul, thee to wife : only be thou valiant for me, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with and fight the Lord's battles. For Saul the soul of David, and Jonathan loved said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but him as his own soul.

let the hand of the Philistines be upon him. 2 And Saul took him that day, and I 18 And David said unto Saul, Who am would let him go no more home to his fa || 1? and what is my life, or my father's ther's house.

family in Israel, that I should be son-in3 Then Jonathan and David made a law to the king? covenant, because he loved him as his own 19 But it came to pass at the time when soul.

Merab Saul's daughter should have been 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the || given to David, that she was given unto robe that was upon him, and gave it to || Adriel the Melolathite to wife. David, and his garments, even to his 20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. David: and they told Saul, and the thing

5 | And David went out withersoever pleased him. Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: 21 And Saul said, I will give him her, and Saul set him over the men of war, and that she may be a snare to him, and that he was accepted in the sight of all the the hand of the Philistines may be against people, and also in the sight of Saul's ser- || him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou vants.

shalt this day be my son-in-law, in the one 6 And it came to pass as they came, when of the twain. David was returned from the slaughter of 22 | And Saul commanded his servants, the Philistine, that the women came out saying, Commune with David secretly.. David marrieth Michal : CRAP. XIX. Her stratagem to save him. 255 and say, Behold, the king hath delight || thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherein thee, and all his servants love thee : || fore then wilt thou sin against innocent now therefore be the king's son-in-law.. | blood, to slay David without a cause?

23 And Saul's servants spake those | 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice words in the ears of David. And David l of Jonathan : and Saul sware, As the said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to he || LORD liveth, he shall not be slain. a king's son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonman, and lightly esteemed ?

athan shewed him all those things. nd 24 And the servants of Saul told him, ll Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he Mying, On this manner spake David. I was in his presence, as in times past.

25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to 8 And there was war again; and DaDavid, The king desireth not any dowry, ll vid went out, and fought with the Phibut an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, I listines, and slew them with a great slaughto be avenged of the king's enemies. But liter; and they fled from him. Saul thought to make David fall by the 9 And the evil spirit from the LORD hand of the Philistines.

was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with 26 And when his servants told David his javelin in his hand : and David played these words, it pleased David well to be with his hand. the king's son-in-law: and the days were 10 And Saul sought to smite David even not expired.

to the wall with the javelin ; but he slip27 Wherefore David arose and went, he ped away out of Saul's presence, and he and his men, and slew of the Philistines || smote the javelin into the wall : and Datwo hundred men; and David brought vid fled, and escaped that night. their foreskins, and they gave them in full 11 Saul also sent messengers unto Datale to the king, that he might be the || vid's house, to watch him, and to slay king's son-in-law. And Saul gave him him in the morning: and Michal David's Michal his daughter to wife.

wife told him, saying, If thou save not 28 F And Saul saw and knew that the thy life to-night, to-morrow thou shalt be LORD was with David, and that Michal

|slain. Saul's daughter loved him.

12 So Michal let' David down through 29 And Saul was yet the more afraid | a window : and he went, and fled, and of David ; and Saul became David's ene escaped. my continually.

13 And Michal took an image, and laid SC Then the princes of the Philistines |it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats went forth; and it came to pass, after they hair for his bolster, and covered it with a went forth, that David behaved himself || cloth. more wisely than all the servants of Saul; | 14 And when Saul sent messengers to so that his name was much set by. take David, she said, He is sick. CHAP. XIX.

15 And Saul sent the messengers again 1 Jonathan discloseth his father's purpose | to see David, saying, Bring luim up to me in to kill David. 4 He persuadeth his | the bed, that I may slay him. father to reconciliation. 8 Saui's mali- 16 And when the messengers were come cious rage breaketh out again. 12 Mi- || in, behold, there was an image in the chal's stratagem to save David. | bed, with a pillar of goats hair for his AND Saul spake to Jonathan his son, | bolster.

and to all his servants, that they 17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast should kill David.

thou deceived me so, and sent away.mine 2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted | enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal much in David : and Jonathan told David, I answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: ll go; why should I kill thee? now therefore, I pray thee, Take heed to 1° 18 ! So David fled, and escaped, and thyself until the morning, and abide in a came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him secret place, and hide thyself :

all that Saul had done to him. And he 3 And I will go out and stand beside my land Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth. father in the field where thou art, and 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, I will commune with my father of thee; David is at Naioth in Ramah. and what I see, that I will tell thee.

20 And Saul sent messengers to take 4 ? And Jonathan spake good of Da- | David: and when they saw the company vid unto Saul his father, and said unto of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel him, let not the king sin against his ser- standing as appointed over them, the Spirvant, against David ; because he hath not it of God was upon the messengers of sinned against thee, and because his works | Saul, and they also prophesied. have been to thee-ward very good :

21 And when it was told Saul, he sent 5 For he did put his life in his hand, other messengers, and they prophesied and slew the Philistine, and the LORD | likewise. And Saul sent messengers again wrought a great salvarion for afl Israel : the third time, sud tev prophesied also

256 David and Jonathan consult. I. SAMUEL. Jonathan's kindness to David.

22 Then went he also to Ramah, and I shall tell me? or what if thy father ancamc to a great well that is in Sechu: and swer thce roughly ? he asked and said, Where are Samuel and 11 | And Jonathan said unto David, David? And one said, Behold, they be at Come, and let us go out into the field. Naioth in Ramah.

And they went out be of them into the 23 And he went thither to Naioth in || field. Ramah: And the Spirit of God was upon 12 And Jonathan said unto David, o him also, and he went on, and prophesi- || LORD God of Israel, when I have soundeil, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. ed my father about to-morrow any time,

24 And he stripped off his clothes also, ll or the third day, and behold, if there bé and prophesied before Samuel in like || good toward David, and I then send not manner, and lay down naked all that day | unto thee, and slew it thee; and all that night. Wherefore they say, 13 The Lord do so and much more to Is Saul also among the prophets?

Jonathan : but if it please my father 10 CHĂP. XX.

do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and 1 David consulteth with Jonathan for his send thee away, that thou mavest go in

safety. 11 Their covenant renewed by peace: and the LORD be with thee, as oath. 24 Saul missing David, sceketh he hath been with my father. 10 kill Jonathan.

14 And thou shalt not only while yet I AND David fled from Naioth in Ra- live shew me the kindness of the LORD, 11 mah, and came and said before Jon- | that I die not: aunan, What have I done? what is mine il 15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy iniquity ? and what is my sin before thy | kindness from my house for ever : no, father, that he seeketh my life?

not when the Lord háth cut off the en2 Ard he said unto him, God forbid; | emies of David every one from the face thou shalt not die : behold, my father of the earth. will do nothing either great or small, || 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with but that he will shew it me : and why the house of David, saying, Let the LORD should my father hide this thing from even require it at the hand of David's enme it is not 80.

emics. 3 And David sware moreover, and said, 17 And Jonathan caused David to swear Thy father certainly knoweth that I have again, because he loved him : for he lov. found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, led him as he loved his own soul Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be 18 Then Jonathan said to David, Togrieved : But truly as the LORD liveth, morrow is the new-moon; and thou shalt and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step | be missed, because thy seat will be empty. between me and death.

19 And when thou hast stayed three 4. Then said Jonathan unto David, days, then thou shalt go down quickly, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even and come to the place where thou didst do it for thee.

hide thyself when the business was in 5 And David said unto Jonathan, Be- hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel. hold, to-morrow is the new-moon, and I 20 And I will shoot three arrows on the should not fail to sit with the king at side thereof, as though I shot at a mark. meat : but let me go, that I may hide 21 And behold, I will send a lad, saymyself in the field unto the third day || ing, Go, find out the arrows. If I exat even.

pressly say unto the lad, Behold, the ar6 If thy father at all miss me, then say, rows are on this side of thee, take them ; David earnestly asked leave of me, that i then come thou: for there is peace to he might run to Beth-lehem his city : for | thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth. there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the 22 But if I say thus unto the young man, family.

Behold, the arrows are beyond thee ; go 7 If he say thus, It is well ; thy ser thy way : for the LORD hath sent thee vant shall have peace : but if he be very | away. wroth, then be sure that evil is determin- il 23 And as touching the matter which ed by him.

|| thou and I have spoken of, behold, the 8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with Lord be between thee and me for ever. thy servant ; for thou hast brought thy 24 So David hid himself in the field : servant into a covenant of the LORD with | and when the new-moon was come, the thee ; notwithstanding, if there be in me || king sat him down to eat meat. iniquity, slay me thyself; for why should 25 And the king sat upon his seat, as est thou bring me to thy father?

at other times, even upou a seat by the 9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner thee : for if I knew certainly that evil | sat by Saul's side, and David's place was were determined by my father to come empty. upon thee, then would not I tell it thee? 26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any

10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who I thing that day : for he thought, Some. Saul seeketh to kill Jonathan. CHAP. XXI. David goeth to Ahimelech. 257 thing hath befallen him, he 18 not clean ; || kissed one another, and wept one with surely he is not clean.

| another, until David exceeded. 27 And it came to pass on the morrow, 42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in which was the second day of the month, || peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both that David's place was empty : and Saul of us in the name of the LORD, saying, said unto Jonathan his son, 'Wherefore The Lord be between me and thee, and cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, nei between my seed and thy seed for ever. ther yesterday, nor to-day?

And he arose and departed : and Jona28° And Jonathan answered Saul, Da- | than went into the city. vid earnestly asked leave of me to go to

CHAP. XXI. Beth-lehem :

1 David at Nob obtaineth of Ahimelech 29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; | hallowed brcad. 8 He taketh Goliath's for our family hath a sacrifice in the city ; || sword, 10 and at Gath feigneth himand my brother he hath commanded me oplf mad. to be there : and now if I have found favour TIEN came David to Nob to Ahiin thine eyes, let me get away, I pray T melech the priest : and Ahimelech thee, and see my brethren. Therefore was afraid at the meeting of David, and he cometh not unto the king's table. said unto him, Why art thou alone, and

30 Then Saul's anger was kindled a- | no man with thee gainst Jonathan, and he said unto him, 2 And David said unto Ahimelech the Thou son of the perverse rebellious wom priest, The king hath commanded me a an, do not I know that thou hast chosen business, and hath said unto me, Let no the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, man know any thing of the business and unto the confusion of thy mother's whereabout I send thee, and what I have nakedness?

commanded thee : and I have appointed 31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth my servants to such and such a place. upon the ground, thou shalt not be estab 3 Now therefore what is under thine lished, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine Send and fetch him unto me, for he shall hand, or what there is present. surely die.

4 And the priest answered David, and 32' And Jonathan answered Saul his said, There is no common bread under father, and said unto him, Wherefore | mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; shall he be slain? what hath he done? if the young men have kept themselves

33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to il at least from women. smite him : whereby Jonathan knew that 5 And David answered the priest, and it was determined of his father to slay said unto him, Of a truth women have David

been kept from us about these three days, 34 So Jonathan arose from the table in since I came out, and the vessels of the fierce anger, and did eat no meat the sec- | young men are holy, and the bread is in ond day of the month : for he was griev- \ a manner common, yea, though it were ed for David, because his father had done sanctified this day in the vessel. him shame.

6 So the priest gave him hallowed 35 And it came to pass in the morning, bread : for there was no bread there but that Jonathan went out into the field at the shew-bread, that was taken from bethe time appointed with David, and a fore the LORD, to put hot bread in the little lad with him.

day when it was taken away. 36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find U Ī Now a certain man of the servants of out now the arrows which I shoot. And as Saal was there that day, detained before the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. | the LORD ; and his name was Doeg, an

37 And when the lad was come to the # Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that place of the arrow which Jonathan had belonged to Saul. shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and 8 i And David said unto Ahimelech, said, Is not the arrow beyond thee? And is there not here under thine hand

38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, spear or sword? for I have neither brought Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jon- my sword nor my weapons with me, beathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and | cause the king's business required haste. came to his master.

9 And the priest said, The sword of 39 But the lad krew not any thing : on Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewly Jonathan and David knew the matter. est in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here

40 And Jonathan gave his artillery un- | wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod : to his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry if thou wilt take that, take it : for there is them to the city.

no other save that here. And David said, 41 | And as soon as the lad was gone, There is none like that; give it me. David arose out of a place toward the | 10 | And David arose, and fled that south, and fell on his face to the ground, I day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish and bowed himself three times: and they l the king of Gath.

258 David feignetla hinselfmad. I. SAMUEL. Doege accuscth Ahimelech.

11 And the servants of Achish said unto 1 9 9 Then answered Dceg the Edomitė, him, Is not this David the king of the which was set over the servants of Saul, land ? did they not sing one to another ot and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. thousands, and David his ten thousands ? | 10 And he inquired of the Lord for

12 And David laid up these words in him, and gave him victuals, and gave him. his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish || the sword of Goliath the Philistine. the king of Gath.

11 Then the king sent to call Ahi: 13 And he changed his behaviour be- | melech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and fore them, and feigned himself mad in all his father's house, the priests that their hands, and scrabbled on the doors were in Nob: and they came all of them of the gate, and let his spittle fall down to the king. upon his beard.

12 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son * 14 Then said Achish unto his servants, || of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore || my lord. then have ye brought him to me?

13 And Saul said unto him, Why have 15 Have I need of mad-men, that ye |ye conspired against me, thou and the son have brought this fellow to play the mad- of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, man in my presence ? shall this fellow | and a sword, and hast inquired of God come into my house?

for him, that he should rise against me, CHAP. XXII.

to lie in wait, as at this day? 1 Men resort to David at Adullam. 9 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king,

Doeg accuseth Ahimelech. 11 Saul com- | and said, And who is so faithful among all mandeth to kill the priests. 20 Abia thy servants as David, which is the king's thar escapeth to David.

son-in-law, and goeth at thy bidding, and AVID therefore departed thence, and is honourable in thine house?

escaped to the cave Adullam : and || 15 Did I then begin to inquire of God for when his brethren and all his father's house || him? be it far from me. Let not the king heard it, they went down thither to him. | impute any thing into his servant, nor to

2 And every one that was in distress, all the house of my father: for thy servant and every one that was in debt, and every | knew nothing of all this, less or more. one that was discontented, gathered them 16 And the king said, Thou shalt surely selves unto him ; and he became a captain die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father's over them : and there were with him a- house. bout four hundred men.

17 And the king said unto the footmen 3 9 And David went thence to Mizpeh that stood about him, Turn, and slay the of Moab : and he said unto the king of priests of the LORD; because their hand Moab, Let my father and my mother, I also is with David, and because they knew pray thee, come forth, and be with you, when he fled, and did not shew it to me. till I know what God will do for me. But the servants of the king would not

4 And he brought them before the king put forth their hand to fall upon the of Moab: and they dwelt with him all priests of the Lord. the wliile that David was in the hold. 18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn

5 And the prophet Gad said unto Da- l thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg vid, Abicle not in the hold ; depart, and the Edomite turned, and he fell upan get thee into the land of Judah. Then the priests, and slew on that day fourDavid departed, and came into the forest score and five persons that did wear a of Hareth.

| linen ephod. 64Wlien Saul heard that David was dis- || 19 And Nob, the city of the priests. covered, and the men that were with him, smote he with the edge of the sword, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in both men and women, children and suckRamah, having his spear in his hand, and lings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep, all his servants were standing about him ;) with the edge of the sword.

7 Then Saul said unto his servants that 20 s And one of the sons of Ahimestood about him, Hcar now, ye Benja- lech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, mites; will the son of Jesse give every one | escaped, and fled after David. of you fields and vineyards, and make 21 And Abiathar shewed David that you all captains of thousands, and cap- || Saul had slain the LORD's priests. tains of hundreds ;

22 And David said unto Abiathar, I 8. That all of you have conspired against || knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomme, and there is none that sheweth me ite was there, that he would surely tell that my son hath made a league with the | Saul: I have occasioned the death of all son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is the persons of thy father's house. sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my 23 Abide thou' with me, fear not : for son hath stirred up my servant against me, he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life : to lie in wait, as at this day?

ll but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.

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