Saul was afraid1 of David, because the LORD2 was with3 David but had left4 Saul.
So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led5 the troops in their campaigns.614
In everything he did he had great success,a7 because the LORD was with8 him.
When Saul saw how successfulb he was, he was afraid of him.
But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.917
Saul said to David, "Here is my older daughter10 Merab. I will give her to you in marriage;11 only serve me bravely and fight the battles12 of the LORD." For Saul said to himself,13 "I will not raise a hand against him. Let the Philistines do that!"
But David said to Saul, "Who am I,14 and what is my family or my father's clan in Israel, that I should become the king's son-in-law?15"
Soc when the time came for Merab,16 Saul's daughter, to be given to David, she was given in marriage to Adriel of Meholah.1720
Now Saul's daughter Michal18 was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.1921
"I will give her to him," he thought, "so that she may be a snare20 to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." So Saul said to David, "Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law."
Then Saul ordered his attendants: "Speak to David privately and say, 'Look, the king is pleased with you, and his attendants all like you; now become his son-in-law.' "
They repeated these words to David. But David said, "Do you think it is a small matter to become the king's son-in-law?21 I'm only a poor man and little known."
When Saul's servants told him what David had said,
Saul replied, "Say to David, 'The king wants no other price22 for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge23 on his enemies.' " Saul's plan24 was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.
When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king's son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed,
David and his men went out and killed two hundred Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented the full number to the king so that he might become the king's son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal25 in marriage.
When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal26 loved David,
Saul became still more afraid27 of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days.
The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more successd28 than the rest of Saul's officers, and his name became well known.