Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged1 your father, that he is trying to take my life?"22
"Never!" Jonathan replied. "You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn't do anything, great or small, without confiding in me. Why would he hide this from me? It's not so!"
But David took an oath3 and said, "Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, 'Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.' Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death."
Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you."
So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon festival,4 and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide5 in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.
If your father misses me at all, tell him, 'David earnestly asked my permission6 to hurry to Bethlehem,7 his hometown, because an annual8 sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.'
If he says, 'Very well,' then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper,9 you can be sure that he is determined10 to harm me.
As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant11 with you before the LORD. If I am guilty, then kill12 me yourself ! Why hand me over to your father?"
"Never!" Jonathan said. "If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn't I tell you?"
David asked, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?"