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Saul conspires against David. 1. SAMUEL. Jonathan discloses it to him.

12 | And Saul was afraid of David, be- king's son-in-law. And Saul gave him cause the LORD was with him, and was Michal his daughter to wife. departed from Saul.

28 | And Saul saw and knew that the 13 Therefore Saul removed him from LORD was with David, and that Michal, him, and made him his captain over a Saul's daughter,loved him. thousand ; and he went out and came in 29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of before the people.

David; and Saul became David's enemy 14 And David behaved himself wisely in continually. all his ways; and the Lord was with him. 30 Then the princes of the Philistines

15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he went forth : and it came to pass, after they behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid went forth, that David behaved himself of him.

more wisely than all the servants of Saul : 16 But all Israel and Judah loved Da- so that his name was much set by. vid, because he went out and came in be

CHAP. XIX. fore them.

, 17 1 And Saul said to David, Behold. A ND, Saul spake to Jonathan his son, my elder daughter Merab, her will I give should kill David. thee to wife: only be thou valiant for'me, 2 But Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted and fight the Lord's battles. For Saul much in David : and Jonathan told David, said, Let not my hand be upon him, but saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee? let the hand of the Philistines be upon him. now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to

18 And David said unto Saul, Who ain thyself until the morning, and abide in a I ? and what is my life, or my father's secret place, and hide thyself: fanily in Israel, that I should be son-in 3 And I will go out and stand beside my law to the king ?

father in the field where thou art, and I 19 But it came to pass at the time when will commune with my father of thee; and Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been what I see, that I will tell thee. given to David, that she was given unto 4 And Jonathan spake good of David Adriel the Meholathite to wife.

unto Saul his father, and said unto him, 20 And Michal, Saul's daughter, loved Let not the king sin against his servant, David : and they told Saul, and the thing against David; because he hath not sinned pleased him.

against thee, and because his works have 21 And Saul said, I will give him her, been to thee-ward very good: that she may be a snare to him, and that 5 For he did put his life in his hand, and the hand of the Philistines may be against slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought him. Wherefore Saul said to David, a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law, in it, and didst rejoice : wherefore then wilt the one of the twain.

thou sin against innocent blood, to slay 22 T Ånd Saul commanded his servants, David without a cause? saying, Commune with David secretly, 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of and say, Behold, the king hath delight in Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD thee, and all bis servants love thee: now liveth, he shall not be slain. therefore be the king's son-in-law.

7 And Jonathan called David, and Jo. 23 And Saul's servants spake those nathan shewed him all those things. And words in the ears of David. And David Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he said,

Seemeth it to you e lighthtaking tombe was in his presence, as in times pasta poor man, and lightly esteemed ? vid went out, and fought with the Philis

24 And the servants of Saul told him, tines, and slew them with a great slaughsaying, On this manner spake David. ter; and they fled from him.

25° And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to 9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was David, the king desireth not any dowry, upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, javelin in his hand : and David played with to be avenged of the king's enemies. But his hand. Saul thought to make David fall by the 10 And Saul sought to smite David even hand of the Philistines.

to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped 26 And when his servants told David away out of Saul's presence, and he smote these words, it pleased David well to be the javelin into the wall: and David fled, the kung's son-in-law: and the days were and escaped that night. not expired.

11 Saúl also sent messengers unto Da 27 Wherefore David arose and went, vid's house, to watch him, and to stay him he and his men, and slew of the Philistines in the morning : -and Michal, David's wife two hundred men; and David brought told him, saying, If thou save not thy iise their foreskins, and they gave them in to-night, to-morrow thou shalt be slain. full tale to the king, that he might be thel 12 TT So Michal let David down through

David and Jonathan consult. CHAP. XX. They renew their covenant, a window: and he went, and fled, and and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step escaped.

between me and death. 13 And Michal took an image, and laid 4 Then said Jonathan unto David, et in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even for his bolster, and covered it with a do it for thee. cloth.

5 And David said unto Jonathan, Be14_And when Saul sent messengers to hold, to-morrow is the new-moon, and I take David, she said, He is sick. should not fail to sit with the king at meat:

15 And Saul sent the messengers again but let me go, that I may hide myself in to see David, saying, Bring him up to me the field unto the third day at even. in the bed, that I may slay bim.

6 If thy father at all miss me, then say, 16 And when the messengers were come David earnestly asked leave of me, that he in, behold, there was an image in the bed, might run to Beth-lehem his city: for there with a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster. is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.

17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why 7 If he say thus, It is well; thy servant hast thou deceived me so, and sent away shall have peace: but if he be very wroth, mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Mi- then be sure that evil is determined by him. chal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let 8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with me go; why should I kill thee?

thy servant; for thou hast brought thy ser18 So David fled, and escaped, and vant into a covenant of the LORD with came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me all that Saul had done to him. And he and iniquity, slay me thyself; for why shouldSamuel went and dwelt in Naiotb.

est thou bring me to thy father? 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, 9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from David is at Naioth in Ramah.

thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were 20 And Saul sent messengers to take determined by, my father to come upon David: and when they saw the company thee, then would not I tell it thee? of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel 10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who standing as appointed over them, the Spi- shall tell me? or what if thy father answer rit of God was upon the messengers of thee roughly? Saul, and they also prophesied.

11 T And Jonathan said unto David, 21 And when it was told Saul, he sent Come, and let us go out into the field. And other messengers, and they prophesied they went out both of them into the field. likewise. And Saul sent messengers again 12 And Jonathan said unto David, O the third time, and they prophesied also. LORD God of Israel, wben I have sounded

22 Then went he also to Ramah, and my father about to-morrow any time, or came to a great well that is in Sechu: and the third day, and behold, if there be good he asked and said, Where are Samuel and toward David, and I then send not unto David? And one said, Behold, they be at thee, and shew it thee; Naioth in Ramah.

13 The LORD do so and much more lo 23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ra- Jonathan; but if it please my father to do mab: and the Spirit of God was upon him thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send also, and he went on, and prophesied, thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: until he came to Naioth in Ramah. and the LORD be with thee, as he hath been

24 And he stripped off his clothes also, with my father. and prophesied before Samuel in like man 14 And thou shalt not only while yet I ner, and lay down naked all that day and live shew me the kindness of the LORD, all that night. Wherefore they say, Is that I die not : Saul also among the prophets?

15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy CHAP. xx.

kindness from my house for ever: no, not ND David fled from Naioth in Ramah, when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of What have I done? what is mine iniquity? 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with and what is my sin before thy father, that the house of David, saying, Let the LORD he seeketh my life?

even require it at the hand of David's ene2 And he said unto him, God forbid; mies. thou shalt not die: behold, my father will 17 And Jonathan caused David 'lo do nothing either great or small, but that he swear again, because he loved him; for be will shew it me: and why should my father loved him as he loved bis own soul, hide this thing from me? it is not so. 18 Then Jonathan said to Darid, To

3 And David sware moreover, and said, morrow is the new-moon : and thou shalt Thy father certainly knoweth that I have be missed, because thy seat will be empty. found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, 19 And when thou hast stayed three Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be days, then thou shalt go down quickly, grieved: But truly as the LORD liveth, and come to the place where shou didst

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Snul seeks to kill Jonathan. I. SAMUEL. David goes to Ahimelech. hide thyself when the business was in for David, because his father had done, hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel. him shame.

20 And I will shoot three arrows on the 35 | And it came to pass in the mornside thereof, as though I shot at a mark. ing, that Jonathan went out into the field

21 And behold, I will send a lad, say- at the time appointed with David, and a ing, Go, find out the arrows. If I ex- little lad with him. pressly say unto the lad, Behold, the ar 36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find iows are on this side of thee, take them ; cut now the arrows which I shoot. And as then come thou: for there is peace to thee, the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.

37 And when the lad was come to the 22 But if I say thus unto the young man, place of the arrow which Jonathan had Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and thy way: for the Lord hath sent thee away. said, Is not the arrow beyond thee?

23 Ånd as touching the matter which 38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, thou and I have spoken of, behold, the Make speed, haste, stay not. And JonaLord be between thee and me for ever. than's sad gathered up the arrows, and

24 | So David hid himself in the field : came to his master. and when the uew-moon was come, the 39 But the lad knew not any thing: only king sat him down to eat meat.

Jonathan and David knew the matter. 25 And the king sat upon his seat, as 40 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto at other times, even upon a seat by the his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by to the city. Saul's side, and David's place was empty.

41 | And as soon as the lad was gone, 26 Nevertheless Saul spake uot any David arose out of a place toward the thing that day: for he thought, Something south, and tell on his face to the ground, hath befallen him, he is not clean ; surely and bowed himself three times: and they he is not clean.

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

between my seed and thy seed for ever. 28° And Jonathan answered Saul, Da- And he arose and departed : and Jonathan vid earnestly asked leave of me to go to went into the city, Beth-lebem :

CHAP. XXI.

VIEN came David to Nob to Abimefor our family bath a sacrifice in the city; lech and my brother he hath commanded me to afraid at the meeting of David, and said be there: and now if I have found favour unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, with thee? and see my brethren. Therefore he co 2 And David said unto Ahimelech the meth not unto the king's table.

priest, The king hath commanded me a 30 Then Saul's anger was kindled business, and hath said unto me, Let no against Jonathan, and he said unto him, man know any thing of the business whereThou son of the perverse rebellious wo- about I send thee,

and what I have comman, do not I know that thou hast chosen manded thee : and I have appointed my the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, servants to such and such a place. and unto the confusion of thy mother's 3 Now therefore what is under thy nakedness?

hand? give me five loaves of bread in my 31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth hand, or what there is present. upon the ground, thou shalt not be esta 4 And the priest answered David, and blished, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now said, There is no common bread under send and fetch him unto me, for he shall my hand, but there is hallowed bread; if surely die.

the young men have kept themselves at 32° And Jonathan answered Saul his fa- least from women. ther, and said unto him, Wherefore shall 5 And David answered the priest, and he be slain ? what hath he done?

said unto him, Of a truth women have been 33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to kept from us about these three days, since smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it I came out, and the vessels of the young was determined of his father to slay Da- men are holy, and the bread is in a manvid.

ner common, yea, though it were sancti34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fied this day in the vessel. fierce anger, and did eat no meat the se 6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: cond day of the month: for he was grieved for there was no bread there but the shew

99 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee: Tlech the priest and Abimelech was

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