1 Samuel 20
David consulteth with Jonathan for his safety.
1 Samuel 20:1 And Dauid fled from Naioth in Ramath and went and sayde before Ionathas: What haue I done? wherin am I faultie? what is the synne that I haue committed before thy father that he seketh my lyfe? 1 Samuel 20:2 And Ionathas answered hym: God fordyd, thou shalt not dye. For se my father wyll do nothyng ether great or small, but that he wyll shew it me. For why shoulde my father hyde thys thynge from me? there shalbe no suche thinge. 1 Samuel 20:3 And Dauid sware agayne and sayde: thy father knoweth þt I haue founde grace in thyne eyes and therfore he thinketh, Ionathas shall not know it, leste he be sorye. For in very dede, euen as truly as the Lorde lyueth and as truely as thy soule lyueth, there is but a steppe betwene me and death. 1 Samuel 20:4 Then sayde Ionathas vnto Dauid, whatsoeuer thy soule desyreth that I wyl do vnto the. 1 Samuel 20:5 And Dauid sayde vnto Ionathas: Beholde, to morow is the fyrst daye of the moneth, & I shoulde syt wyth the kynge at meate. But let me go that I may hyde my selfe in the feldes vnto thys daye thre dayes at euen. 1 Samuel 20:6 Yf thy father mysse me, then saye: Dauid asked leaue of me, that he myght go to Bethlehem to hys owne cytye, for there is holden a yearely feast for all his kinne. 1 Samuel 20:7 And yf thy father saye thus: it is well done, then thy seruaunt shall haue peace. But and yf he be angrye: then be sure that wickednesse is vtterly concluded of him. 1 Samuel 20:8 And then thou shalt shewe mercye vnto thy seruaunt, for thou hast made wyth me thy seruaunte a bonde in the Lorde. Notwythstandinge yf there be in me any trespace, then sley me thy selfe, for what nedeth the to bring me to thy father. 1 Samuel 20:9 And Ionathas answered: God kepe that from the, that I should knowe, that wickednesse were concluded of my father, to come vpon the: and should not tel it the. 1 Samuel 20:10 Then said Dauid, who shal tel me, yf thy father answer cruelly?
Jonathan and David renew their covenant by oath.
1 Samuel 20:11 Then sayde Ionathas to Dauid, come and let vs go out into the feldes. And they went out both of them into the feldes. 1 Samuel 20:12 And Ionathas saide vnto Dauid: O Lord god of Israel, when I haue groped my fathers mynde, one tyme or other wythin thys thre dayes, that it stand well wyth Dauid, and I then sende not vnto the and shew it the, 1 Samuel 20:13 the Lorde do so, and so vnto Ionathas. And in lyke maner, yf euyl to the warde please my father, I wyll shew the and sende the awaye, that thou mayest go in peace. And the Lorde be wyth the as he hath bene wyth my father. 1 Samuel 20:14 And thou shalt performe vnto me the mercy of the Lord, not onely whyle I lyue but euen when I am dead, 1 Samuel 20:15 plucke not thy mercy away from my house foreuer: No not when the Lorde hath destroyed the enemies of Dauid euery one from the face of the earth. 1 Samuel 20:16 And so Ionathas made a bonde wyth the house of Dauid, desyrynge that the Lorde shoulde seke out of the handes of Dauids enemyes theyr wyckednesse. 1 Samuel 20:17 And with other wordes Ionathas adiured Dauid, because he loued hym. For as hys owne soule he loued hym.
Jonathan's token to David,
1 Samuel 20:18 Then sayd Ionathas to Dauid: to morow shalbe the fyrst daye of the mone. And thou shalt be myssed, because the place shall appere emptye. 1 Samuel 20:19 But thys day thre dayes come in any wyse vnto the place where thou shalt hyde thy selfe, when it is worckedaye: euen by the stone Esell. 1 Samuel 20:20 And I wyll shote thre arowes by the one syde thereof, as though I shot at a marke, 1 Samuel 20:21 and wyll sende after a ladde, and bid hym go seke the arowes. Yf I saye vnto the lad, se the arowes are on thys side the, brynge them: then come thou, for it is peace and nothyng to do, as sure as the Lorde lyueth. 1 Samuel 20:22 But and yf I saye thus vnto the young felow, beholde, the Arowes are beyounde the, then go, for the Lord hath sent the awaye. 1 Samuel 20:23 And of this whyche thou and I haue spoken: beholde, the Lord is witnesse betwene the and me for euer.
Saul, missing David, seeketh to kill Jonathan.
1 Samuel 20:24 And so Dauid hyd him selfe in the feld. And when the new mone was come, the kynge sat downe at meate, for to eate. 1 Samuel 20:25 And the kyng sat him doune after the old maner, in his seate by þe wall. And Ionathas arose, & Abner sate by Sauls syde, and Dauids place was emptye. 1 Samuel 20:26 Neuerthelesse yet Saul sayd nothyng at all þt day. For he thought some thynge had chaunced hym that he is not cleane. 1 Samuel 20:27 But on the morow whyche was the second daye of the mone when Dauids place appered emptye, Saul sayde vnto Ionathas hys sonne: wherfore cometh not the sonne of Isai to meate, nether yesterdaye nor to day. 1 Samuel 20:28 And Ionathas answered vnto Saul. Dauid asked lycence of me to go to Bethlehem 1 Samuel 20:29 sayinge: let me go, I praye the, for oure kynrede holde an offerynge in the cytye, and my brother hath sent for me. Nowe therfore yf I haue found fauour in thyne eyes let me go, and se my brother. And therefore he cometh not vnto the table of the Kynge. 1 Samuel 20:30 Then was Saul angry with Ionathas and sayde vnto hym: O frowarde and rebellyous, thyukest thou I knowe not howe thou hast chosen the sonne of Isai vnto thine owne rebuke, and vnto the rebuke & shame of thy mother. 1 Samuel 20:31 For as longe as the sonne of Isai lyueth vpon the earth, thou shalt not be stabylyshed, nor yet thy kyngdome, wherfore now sende and fet him vnto me, for he is the child of the death. 1 Samuel 20:32 But Ionathas answered Saul hys father and sayde to hym: wherefore should he dye? what hath he done? 1 Samuel 20:33 Then Saul cast a speare at hym to hyt hym, wherby Ionathas wyst well, that it was vtterlye determyned of hys father, to sley Dauid. 1 Samuel 20:34 And so Ionathas arose from the table in a great anger and dyd eate no meate the second daye of the moneth, for he was sory for Dauid, because his father had done hym shame.
Jonathan lovingly taketh his leave of David.
1 Samuel 20:35 On the next mornynge Ionathas went out into the felde, at the tyme appointed with Dauid, and a litle lad with him. 1 Samuel 20:36 And he sayd vnto the boye: runne and fynde out myne arowes whyche I shote. And as the boye ran, he shote an arow beyonde hym. 1 Samuel 20:37 And when the lad was come to the place whether Ionathas had shot the arow, Ionathas cryed after hym and sayde, the arow is beyond the. 1 Samuel 20:38 And he cryed after the lad: haste, make spede and stande not styll. And Ionathas lad gathered vp þe arow and came to his master. 1 Samuel 20:39 But the lad wist nothyng of the matter: Only Ionathas and Dauid wist it. 1 Samuel 20:40 Then Ionathas gaue hys wepons vnto the lad and sayd vnto hym: go and carye them to the towne.
1 Samuel 20:41 And as sone as the lad was gone, Dauid arose out of a place that was to ward the south and fell on hys face to the grounde & bowed hym selfe thre tymes. And they kyssed ether other and wepte together, but Dauid more abundantly. 1 Samuel 20:42 And Ionathas sayde to Dauid: go in peace, whyche we haue sworne both of vs in the name of the Lord sayinge: the Lorde be betwene the and me, and betwene thy sede and myne for euer. And he rose and departed. And Ionathas went into the towne.