Now SaultoldJonathan his son and all his servants1to putDavid to death. But 2Jonathan, Saul'sson, greatlydelighted in David.
So JonathantoldDavidsaying, "Saul my father is seeking to put you to death. Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning, and stay in a secretplace and hide yourself.
"I will go out and standbeside my father in the fieldwhere you are, and I will speak with my father about you; 3if I afind out anything, then I will tell you."
Then Jonathan4spokewell of David to Saul his father and said to him, "5Do not let the kingsin against his servantDavid, since he has not sinned against you, and since his deeds have been verybbeneficial to you.
"For 6he took his life in his hand and struck the Philistine, and 7the LORDbroughtabout a greatdeliverance for allIsrael; you saw it and rejoiced. 8Why then will you sin against innocentblood by puttingDavid to deathwithout a cause?"
6Saullistened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saulvowed, "As the LORDlives, he shall not be put to death."
Then JonathancalledDavid, and Jonathantold him allthesewords. And JonathanbroughtDavid to Saul, and he was in his presence as 9formerly.
When there was waragain, Davidwent out and fought with the Philistines and cdefeated them with greatslaughter, so that they fledbefore him.
Now there was 10an evilspirit from the LORD on Saul as he was sitting in his house11with his spear in his hand, 12and David was playing the harp with his hand.
1013Saultried to dpinDavid to the wall with the spear, but he slippedaway out of Saul'spresence, so that he estuck the spear into the wall. And Davidfled and escaped that night.
Then 14Saulsentmessengers to David'shouse to watch him, in order to put him to death in the morning. But Michal, David'swife, told him, saying, "If you do not save your lifetonight, tomorrow you will be put to death."
1215So MichalletDaviddownthrough a window, and he went out and fled and escaped.
13Michaltook16the fhouseholdidol and laid it on the bed, and put a quilt of goats' hair at its head, and covered it with clothes.
When Saulsentmessengers to takeDavid, she said, "17He is sick."
Then Saulsentmessengers to seeDavid, saying, "Bring him up to me on ghis bed, that I may put him to death."
When the messengersentered, behold, the hhouseholdidol was on the bed with the quilt of goats' hair at its head.
So Saulsaid to Michal, "Why have you deceived me likethis and let my enemygo, so that he has escaped?" And Michalsaid to Saul, "He said to me, 'Let me go! 18Why should I put you to death?' "
Now Davidfled and escaped and came19to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuelwent and stayed in 20Naioth.
It was toldSaul, saying, "Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah."
Then 21Saulsentmessengers to takeDavid, but when they saw22the company of the prophetsprophesying, with Samuelstanding and presidingover them, the Spirit of Godcame upon the messengers of Saul; and 23they alsoprophesied.
When it was toldSaul, he sentothermessengers, and they alsoprophesied. So Saulsentmessengersagain the thirdtime, and they alsoprophesied.
Then he himselfwent to Ramah and came as far as the largewell that is in Secu; and he asked and said, "Where are Samuel and David?" And someone said, "Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah."
He iproceededthere to Naioth in Ramah; and 24the Spirit of Godcame upon him also, so that he went along prophesyingcontinuallyuntil he came to Naioth in Ramah.
He alsostrippedoff his clothes, and he tooprophesiedbeforeSamuel and jlaydownk25nakedall that day and all that night. Therefore they say, "26Is Saulalso among the prophets?"