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1 Samuel 19

Jonathan discloseth his father's purpose to kill David.

1 Samuel 19:1 Then Saul spake to Ionathan his sonne, and to all his seruantes, that they shoulde kill Dauid: but Ionathan Sauls sonne had a great fauour to Dauid. 1 Samuel 19:2 And Ionathan told Dauid, saying, Saul my father goeth about to slay thee: nowe therefore, I pray thee, take heede vnto thy selfe vnto the morning, & abide in a secret place, & hide thy selfe. 1 Samuel 19:3 And I will go out, and stand by my father in the fielde where thou art, and will commune with my father of thee, & I will see what he sayth, and will tell thee.

He persuadeth his father to reconciliation.

1 Samuel 19:4 And Ionathan spake good of Dauid vnto Saul his father, & said vnto him, Let not the King sinne against his seruat, against Dauid: for he hath not sinned against thee, but his works haue bene to thee very good. 1 Samuel 19:5 For he did put his life in daunger, and slew the Philistim, and the Lord wrought a great saluation for al Israel: thou sawest it, and thou reioycedst: wherefore then wilt thou sinne against innocent blood, and slay Dauid without a cause? 1 Samuel 19:6 Then Saul hearkened vnto the voyce of Ionathan, and Saul sware, As the Lorde liueth, he shall not dye. 1 Samuel 19:7 So Ionathan called Dauid, and Ionathan shewed him all those words, & Ionathan brought Dauid to Saul, and hee was in his presence as in times past.

By reason of David's good success in a new war, Saul's malicious rage breaketh out against him.

1 Samuel 19:8 Againe the warre began, & Dauid went out & fought with the Philistims, and slew them with a great slaughter, and they fled from him. 1 Samuel 19:9 And the euill spirit of the Lord was vpon Saul, as hee sate in his house hauing his speare in his hand, and Dauid played with his hand. 1 Samuel 19:10 And Saul intended to smite Dauid to the wall with the speare: but hee turned aside out of Sauls presence, & he smote the speare against the wall: but Dauid fled, & escaped the same night. 1 Samuel 19:11 Saul also sent messengers vnto Dauids house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal Dauids wife told it him, saying, If thou saue not thy selfe this night, to morowe thou shalt be slayne.

Michal deceiveth her father with an image in David's bed.

1 Samuel 19:12 So Michal let Dauid downe through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped. 1 Samuel 19:13 Then Michal tooke an image, & layde it in the bed, & put a pillow stuffed with goates heare vnder the head of it, & couered it with a cloth. 1 Samuel 19:14 And when Saul sent messengers to take Dauid, she sayd, He is sicke. 1 Samuel 19:15 And Saul sent the messengers againe to see Dauid, saying, Bring him to me in the bed, that I may slay him. 1 Samuel 19:16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, an image was in the bed, with a pillow of goates heare vnder the head of it. 1 Samuel 19:17 And Saul said vnto Michal, Why hast thou mocked me so, & sent away mine enemie, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said vnto me, Let me go, or els I will kill thee.

David cometh to Samuel in Naioth.

1 Samuel 19:18 So Dauid fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him: and he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth. 1 Samuel 19:19 But one tolde Saul, saying, Beholde, Dauid is at Naioth in Ramah.

Saul's messengers sent to take David,

1 Samuel 19:20 And Saul sent messengers to take Dauid: & when they sawe a company of Prophets prophecying, and Samuel standing as appoynted ouer them, the Spirit of God fell vpon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophecied. 1 Samuel 19:21 And when it was tolde Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophecied likewise: againe Saul sent the third messengers, and they prophecied also. 1 Samuel 19:22 Then went he himselfe to Ramah, & came to a great well that is in Sechu, and he asked, and sayd, Where are Samuel and Dauid? & one sayd, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.

and Saul himself, prophesy.

1 Samuel 19:23 And he went thither, euen to Naioth in Ramah, and the Spirit of God came vpon him also, and he went prophecying vntill hee came to Naioth in Ramah. 1 Samuel 19:24 And he stript off his clothes, and he prophesied also before Samuel, and fell downe naked all that day and all that night: therefore they say, Is Saul also among the Prophets?

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