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1 Samuel 18

Jonathan loveth David.

1 Samuel 18:1 And when he had made an ende of speaking vnto Saul, the soule of Ionathan was knit with the soule of Dauid, & Ionathan loued him, as his owne soule. 1 Samuel 18:2 And Saul tooke him that day, and woulde not let him returne to his fathers house. 1 Samuel 18:3 Then Ionathan and Dauid made a couenant: for he loued him as his owne soule. 1 Samuel 18:4 And Ionathan put off the robe that was vpon him, & gaue it Dauid, & his garments, euen to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

Saul envieth his praise,

1 Samuel 18:5 And Dauid went out whithersoeuer Saul sent him, & behaued himselfe wisely: so that Saul set him ouer the men of warre, & he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Sauls seruants. 1 Samuel 18:6 When they came againe, & Dauid returned from the slaughter of the Philistim, the women came out of all cities of Israel singing and dauncing to meete king Saul, with timbrels, with instruments of ioy, and with rebeckes. 1 Samuel 18:7 And the women sang by course in their play, and sayd, Saul hath slayne his thousand, & Dauid his ten thousand. 1 Samuel 18:8 Therefore Saul was exceeding wroth, and the saying displeased him, & he sayde, They haue ascribed vnto Dauid ten thousand, & to me they haue ascribed but a thousand, & what can he haue more saue the kingdome? 1 Samuel 18:9 Wherefore Saul had an eye on Dauid from that day forward.

seeketh to kill him in his fury,

1 Samuel 18:10 And on the morowe, the euill spirite of God came vpon Saul, and he prophecied in the middes of the house: and Dauid played with his hand like as at other times, and there was a speare in Sauls hand. 1 Samuel 18:11 And Saul tooke the speare, and sayd, I will smite Dauid through to the wall. But Dauid auoyded twise out of his presence.

feareth him for his good success,

1 Samuel 18:12 And Saul was afrayd of Dauid, because the Lord was with him, & was departed from Saul. 1 Samuel 18:13 Therefore Saul put him from him, & made him a captaine ouer a thousand, and he went out and in before the people. 1 Samuel 18:14 And Dauid behaued himselfe wisely in all his wayes: for the Lord was with him. 1 Samuel 18:15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he was very wise, he was afrayde of him. 1 Samuel 18:16 For all Israel and Iudah loued Dauid, because he went out and in before them.

offereth him his daughters for a snare.

1 Samuel 18:17 Then Saul sayd to Dauid, Beholde mine eldest daughter Merab, her I will giue thee to wife: onely be a valiant sonne vnto me, & fight the Lordes battels: for Saul thought, Mine hand shal not be vpon him, but the hand of the Philistims shalbe vpon him. 1 Samuel 18:18 And Dauid answered Saul, What am I? and what is my life, or the family of my father in Israel, that I should be sonne in law to the King? 1 Samuel 18:19 Howbeit when Merab Sauls daughter should haue bene giuen to Dauid, she was giuen vnto Adriel a Meholathite to wife. 1 Samuel 18:20 Then Michal Sauls daughter loued Dauid: & they shewed Saul, & the thing pleased him. 1 Samuel 18:21 Therefore Saul said, I wil giue him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistims may bee against him. Wherefore Saul sayde to Dauid, Thou shalt this day be my sonne in law in the one of the twayne.

David persuadeth to be the king's son in law, giveth two hundred foreskins of the Philistines for Michal's dowry.

1 Samuel 18:22 And Saul commanded his seruants, Speake with Dauid secretly, & say, Behold, ye King hath a fauour to thee, and all his seruants loue thee: be now therefore the Kings sonne in law. 1 Samuel 18:23 And Sauls seruantes spake these wordes in the eares of Dauid; Dauid sayd, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a Kings sonne in lawe, seeing that I am a poore man & of smal reputation? 1 Samuel 18:24 And then Sauls seruats brought him word againe, saying, Such wordes spake Dauid. 1 Samuel 18:25 And Saul sayd, This wise shal ye say to Dauid, The King desireth no dowrie, but an hundred foreskinnes of the Philistims, to bee auenged of the Kings enemies: for Saul thought to make Dauid fall into the handes of the Philistims. 1 Samuel 18:26 And when his seruantes tolde Dauid these wordes, it pleased Dauid well, to be the Kings sonne in law: and the dayes were not expired. 1 Samuel 18:27 Afterwarde Dauid arose with his men, and went and slewe of the Philistims two hundreth men: and Dauid brought their foreskinnes, and they gaue them wholly to the King that hee might be the Kings sonne in lawe: therefore Saul gaue him Michal his daughter to wife.

Saul's hatred, and David's glory increaseth.

1 Samuel 18:28 Then Saul sawe, and vnderstoode that the Lord was with Dauid, & that Michal the daughter of Saul loued him. 1 Samuel 18:29 Then Saul was more & more afrayde of Dauid, and Saul became alway Dauids enemie. 1 Samuel 18:30 And when the Princes of the Philistims went forth, at their going forth Dauid behaued himselfe more wisely then all the seruants of Saul, so that his name was much set by.

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