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1 Samuel 18 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 1 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.
2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father's house.
3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his apparel, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. 4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.
5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, [and] behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and it was good in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants. 5 Whatever Saul sent him to do, David did it so successfully that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the people, and Saul's officers as well.
6 And it came to pass as they came, when David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with timbrels, with joy, and with instruments of music. 6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes.
7 And the women sang one to another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands. 7 As they danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
8 And Saul was very wroth, and this saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? 8 Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. "They have credited David with tens of thousands," he thought, "but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?"
9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 9 And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as he did day by day. And Saul had his spear in his hand; 10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand
11 and Saul cast the spear; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall. And David avoided out of his presence twice. 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.
12 And Saul was afraid of David, because Jehovah was with him, and was departed from Saul. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul.
13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 13 So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns.
14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and Jehovah was with him. 14 In everything he did he had great success, because the LORD was with him.
15 And when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he stood in awe of him. 15 When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.
16 But all Israel and Judah loved David; for he went out and came in before them. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.
17 And Saul said to David, Behold, my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight Jehovah's battles. For Saul said, Let not my hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him. 17 Saul said to David, "Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you in marriage; only serve me bravely and fight the battles of the LORD." For Saul said to himself, "I will not raise a hand against him. Let the Philistines do that!"
18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I, and what is my life, [or] my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king? 18 But David said to Saul, "Who am I, and what is my family or my father's clan in Israel, that I should become the king's son-in-law?"
19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife. 19 So when the time came for Merab, Saul's daughter, to be given to David, she was given in marriage to Adriel of Meholah.
20 And Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 20 Now Saul's daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.
21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law a second time. 21 "I will give her to him," he thought, "so that she may be a snare 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."
22 And Saul commanded his servants, [saying], Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king's son-in-law. 22 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.' "
23 And Saul's servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be the king's son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed? 23 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? I'm only a poor man and little known."
24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David. 24 When Saul's servants told him what David had said,
25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies. Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. 25 Saul replied, "Say to David, 'The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.' " Saul's plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.
26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law. And the days were not expired; 26 When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king's son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed,
27 and David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might be the king's son-in-law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife. 27 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 Michal in marriage.
28 And Saul saw and knew that Jehovah was with David; and Michal, Saul's daughter, loved him. 28 When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David,
29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul was David's enemy continually. 29 Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days.
30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, as often as they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by. 30 The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul's officers, and his name became well known.