1 Samuel 18
Jonathan loveth David.
1 Samuel 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that, the soul of Jonathan, was knit with, the soul of David, so that Jonathan loved him, as his own soul. 1 Samuel 18:2 And Saul took him, that day,and suffered him not to return unto the house of his father. 1 Samuel 18:3 And Jonathan and David solemnised a covenant,because he loved him as his own soul. 1 Samuel 18:4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe which was upon him, and gave it to David,and his equipments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
Saul envieth his praise,
1 Samuel 18:5 And David went forthwhithersoever Saul sent him, he behaved himself prudently, so Saul set him over the men of war,and he became a favourite in the eyes of all the people, yea even in the eyes of the servants of Saul. 1 Samuel 18:6 But so it was, when they came in on the return of David from the smiting of the Philistine, that the women went forth out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet Saul the king,with timbrels, with rejoicing, and with instruments of three strings. 1 Samuel 18:7 And the women that made merry responded to each other in song, and said,Saul, hath smitten, his thousands, but, David, his, tens of thousands. 1 Samuel 18:8 Then was Saul exceeding angry, and this saying was offensive in his eyes, and he said,They have ascribed, to David, ten thousands, but, to me, have they ascribed thousands,What, more, then, can he have but, the kingdom? 1 Samuel 18:9 And Saul was eyeing David from that day forward.
seeketh to kill him in his fury,
1 Samuel 18:10 And, when it came to pass, on the morrow, that a superhuman spirit of sadness came suddenly upon Saul, and he was moved to raving in the midst of the house,and, David, began playing with his hand, as he had done day by day, that a spear being in Saul's hand, 1 Samuel 18:11 Saul hurled the spear, and said to himselfI will smite David, even to the wall! But David moved round from before him, twice.
feareth him for his good success,
1 Samuel 18:12 And Saul feared because of David,for Yahweh was with him, whereas, from Saul, he had departed. 1 Samuel 18:13 So Saul removed him from him, and appointed him to be for him the captain of a thousand,and he went out and came in before the people. 1 Samuel 18:14 And it came to pass that David, in all his ways, acted prudently,and, Yahweh, was with him. 1 Samuel 18:15 And, when Saul saw that, he, was acting very prudently, he was afraid of him. 1 Samuel 18:16 But, all Israel and Judah, were in love with David,for he was going out and coming in before them.
offereth him his daughters for a snare.
1 Samuel 18:17 So then Saul said unto DavidLo! my elder daughter Merab, her, will I give thee to wife, only, approve thyself unto me as a son of valour and fight the battles of Yahweh. Saul, however, had said to himselfLet not, my own hand, be upon him, but let, the hand of the Philistines, be upon him. 1 Samuel 18:18 And David said unto SaulWho am, I, or who are my kinsfolk, the family of my father, in Israel,that I should become son-in-law, to the king? 1 Samuel 18:19 But it came to pass, within the time for giving Merab daughter of Saul to David, that, she, was given to Adriel the Meholathite, to wife. 1 Samuel 18:20 Then did Michal, Saul's daughter, love David,and it was told Saul, and the thing was right in his eyes. 1 Samuel 18:21 And Saul said to himselfI will give her unto him, that she may prove to him a snare, and that, the hand of the Philistines, may be upon him. So then Saul said unto David, A second time, mayest thou become my son-in-law today.
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 servantsSpeak ye unto David quietly saying, Lo! the king delighteth in thee, and, all his servants, love thee,now, therefore, become thou son-in-law to the king. 1 Samuel 18:23 And the servants of Saul spake, in the ears of David, these words. And David saidSeemeth it a light thing, in your eyes, to become son-in-law to the king, seeing that, I, am a poor man and lightly esteemed? 1 Samuel 18:24 So the servants of Saul told him, saying,According to these words, spake David, 1 Samuel 18:25 Then said SaulThus, shall ye say unto DavidThe king hath no delight in purchase-price, but rather in a hundred foreskins of Philistines, by avenging himself on the enemies of the king. But, Saul, thought to let David fall by the hand of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 18:26 So, when his servants told David these words, the thing was right in the eyes of David, to become son-in-law unto the king,and the days had not expired. 1 Samuel 18:27 Wherefore David arose, and wenthe and his men, and smote among the Philistines two hundred men, and David brought in their foreskins, and gave them in full tale unto the king, that he might become son-in-law unto the king, and Saul gave him Michal his daughter, to wife.
Saul's hatred, and David's glory increaseth.
1 Samuel 18:28 And Saul saw and knew that, Yahweh, was with David, and that, all Israel, loved him. 1 Samuel 18:29 So then Saul went on to fear because of David, yet more,and it came to pass that Saul was hostile to David, all the days. 1 Samuel 18:30 And, when the princes of the Philistines came forth, so it was, that, as often as they came forth, David was more circumspect than any of the servants of Saul, so that his name was, precious exceedingly.