But if I say to the boy, 'Look, the arrows are beyond1 you,' then you must go, because the LORD has sent you away.
And about the matter you and I discussed--remember, the LORD is witness2 between you and me forever."
So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon festival3 came, the king sat down to eat.
He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan,a and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.426
Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, "Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean--surely he is unclean.5"
But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"
Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission6 to go to Bethlehem.
He said, 'Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice7 in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table."
Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?
As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom8 will be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he must die!"
"Why9 should he be put to death? What10 has he done?" Jonathan asked his father.