Jonathan spoke1 well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong2 to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly.
He took his life3 in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory4 for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent5 man like David by killing him for no reason?"
Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: "As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be put to death."
So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.68
Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him.
But an evila spirit7 from the LORD came upon Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the harp,810
Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded9 him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.
Saul sent men to David's house to watch10 it and to kill him in the morning.11 But Michal, David's wife, warned him, "If you don't run for your life tonight, tomorrow you'll be killed."
So Michal let David down through a window,12 and he fled and escaped.
Then Michal took an idolb13 and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats' hair at the head.
When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said,14 "He is ill."