Now it came about when he had finishedspeaking to Saul, that 1the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and 2Jonathanloved him as himself.
2Saultook him that day and 3did not let him return to his father'shouse.
Then 4Jonathanmade a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
45Jonathanstripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt.
So Davidwent out whereverSaulsent him, and aprospered ; and Saulset him over the men of war. And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul'sservants.
It happened as they were coming, when Davidreturned from killing the Philistine, that 6the womencame out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meetKingSaul, with tambourines, with joy and with bmusicalinstruments.
The women7sang as they cplayed, and said, "8Saul has slain his thousands, 9And David his tenthousands."
Then Saulbecameveryangry, for thissayingddispleased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to Davidtenthousands, but to me they have ascribedthousands. Now 10what more can he have but the kingdom ?"
9Saullooked at David with suspicion from that day on.
Now it came about on the nextday that 11an evilspirit from Godcamemightily upon Saul, and 12he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, e13as usual ; and f14a spear was in Saul'shand.
1115Saulhurled the spear for he thought, "I will gpinDavid to the wall." But Davidhescaped from his presencetwice.
Now 16Saul was afraid of David, 17for the LORD was with him but 18had departed from Saul.
Therefore Saulremoved him from ihis presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand ; and 19he went out and came in before the people.
14David was jprospering in all his ways for 20the LORD was with him.
When Saulsaw that he was kprosperinggreatly, he dreaded him.
But 21allIsrael and JudahlovedDavid, and he went out and came in before them.
Then Saulsaid to David, "22Here is my olderdaughterMerab ; I will give her to you as a wife, only be a valiantman for me and fight23the LORD'Sbattles." For Saulthought, "My hand shall not be against him, but 24let the hand of the Philistines be against him."
But Davidsaid to Saul, "25Who am I, and what is my life or my father'sfamily in Israel, that I should be the king'sson-in-law ?"
So it came about at the time when Merab, Saul'sdaughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to 26Adriel27the Meholathite for a wife.
Now 28Michal, Saul'sdaughter, lovedDavid. When they toldSaul, the thing was agreeablelto him.
21Saulthought, "I will give her to him that she may become a snare to him, and 29that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saulsaid to David, "30For a secondtime you may be my son-in-lawtoday."
Then Saulcommanded his servants, "Speak to Davidsecretly, saying, 'Behold, the kingdelights in you, and all his servantslove you; now therefore, become the king'sson-in-law.' "
So Saul'sservantsspokethesewordsmto David. But Davidsaid, "Is it trivial in your sight to become the king'sson-in-law, 31since I am a poorman and lightlyesteemed ?"
The servants of Saulreported to him naccording to thesewords which Davidspoke.
25Saul then said, "Thus you shall say to David, 'The king does not desire any 32dowryexcept a hundredforeskins of the Philistines, 33to takevengeance on the king'senemies.' " Now 34Saulplanned to make Davidfall by the hand of the Philistines.
When his servantstoldDavidthesewords, oit pleasedDavid to become the king'sson-in-law. p35Before the days had expired27Davidrose up and went, 36he and his men, and struckdown two hundredmen among the Philistines. Then 37Davidbrought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king'sson-in-law. So Saulgave him Michal his daughter for a wife.
When Saulsaw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul'sdaughter, loved him,
then Saul was evenmoreafraid of David. Thus Saul was David'senemycontinually .
Then the commanders of the Philistines38went out to battle, and it happened as often as they went out, that David39behaved himself morewiselythanall the servants of Saul. So his name was highlyesteemed.