1 Samuel 18 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 As soon as David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan's life became bound up with David's life, and Jonathan cared about David as much as he cared about himself. 1 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.
2 From that point forward, Saul kept David in his service and wouldn't allow him to return to his father's household. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father's house.
3 And Jonathan and David made a covenant together because Jonathan cared about David as much as he cared about himself. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his armor, as well as his sword, his bow, and his belt. 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 David went out and was successful in every mission Saul sent him to do. So Saul placed him in charge of the soldiers, and this pleased all the troops as well as 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 After David came back from killing the Philistine, and as the troops returned home, women from all of Israel's towns came out to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with tambourines, rejoicing, and musical instruments. 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 The women sang in celebration: "Saul has killed his thousands, but David has killed his tens of thousands!" 7 As they danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
8 Saul burned with anger. This song annoyed him. "They've credited David with tens of thousands," he said, "but only credit me with thousands. What's next for him—the kingdom itself?" 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 So Saul kept a close eye on David from that point on. 9 And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
10 The next day an evil spirit from God came over Saul, and he acted like he was in a prophetic frenzy in his house. So David played the lyre as he usually did. Saul had a 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 he threw it, thinking, I'll pin David to the wall. But David escaped from him two different times. 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.
12 Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with David but no longer with Saul. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul.
13 So Saul removed David from his service, placing him in command of a unit of one thousand men. David led the men out to war and back. 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 David was successful in everything he did because the LORD was with him. 14 In everything he did he had great success, because the LORD was with him.
15 Saul saw that he was very successful, and he was afraid of him. 15 When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.
16 Everyone in Israel and Judah loved David because he led them out in war and back again. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.
17 Saul said to David, "Look, here is my oldest daughter Merab. I will give her to you in marriage on this condition: you must be my warrior and fight the LORD's battles." I won't raise my hand against him, Saul thought; let the Philistines do that! 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 "I'm not worthy," David replied to Saul, "and neither is my family or my father's clan in Israel, to become the king's son-in-law." 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 And so when the time came for Saul's daughter Merab to be married to David, she was given to Adriel from Meholah instead. 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 Now Saul's younger daughter Michal loved David. When this was reported to Saul, he was happy about it. 20 Now Saul's daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.
21 I'll give her to him, Saul thought; she'll cause him problems, and the Philistines will be against him. So Saul said to David a second time, "Become my son-in-law now." 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 Saul instructed his servants, "Tell David in private: ‘Look, the king likes you, and all his servants love you. You should become 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 Saul's servants whispered these things in David's ear. But David said, "Do you think it's a simple matter to become the king's son-in-law? I don't! I'm poor and insignificant." 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 Saul's servants reported what David said, 24 When Saul's servants told him what David had said,
25 and Saul replied, "Tell David this: ‘The king doesn't want any bridal gift, just a hundred Philistine foreskins as vengeance on the king's enemies.'" (Saul was hoping that David would die at the hands 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 When the servants reported this to David, he was happy to become the king's son-in-law. Even before the allotted time had 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 David got up and went with his soldiers and killed one hundred Philistines. David brought their foreskins and counted them out for the king so he could become the king's son-in-law. Then Saul gave his daughter Michal to him in marriage. 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 When Saul knew for certain that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved him, 28 When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David,
29 then Saul was even more afraid of David. Saul was David's enemy for the rest of his life. 29 Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days.
30 And whenever the Philistine commanders came out for battle, David would have more success than the rest of Saul's officers, so his fame spread widely. 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.