1 Samuel 18 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 By the time David had finished speaking to Sha'ul, Y'honatan found himself inwardly drawn by David's character, so that Y'honatan loved him as he did himself. 1 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.
2 That day, Sha'ul took David into his service and would not let him go home to his father's house any more. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father's house.
3 Y'honatan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as he did himself. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
4 Y'honatan removed the cloak he was wearing and gave it to David, his armor too, including his sword, bow and 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 would go out, and no matter where Sha'ul sent him, he was successful. Sha'ul put him in charge of the fighting men; all the people thought it good, and so did Sha'ul'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 As David and the others were returning from the slaughter of the P'lishti, the women came out of all the cities of Isra'el to meet King Sha'ul, singing and dancing joyfully with tambourines and three-stringed 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 In their merrymaking the women sang, "Sha'ul has killed his thousands, but David his tens of thousands." 7 As they danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
8 Sha'ul became very angry, because this song displeased him. He said, "They give David credit for tens of thousands, but me they give credit for only thousands. Now all he lacks is 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 From that day on, Sha'ul viewed David with suspicion. 9 And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
10 The following day an evil spirit from God came powerfully over Sha'ul, so that he fell into a frenzy in the house. David was there, playing his lyre as on other occasions. This time Sha'ul 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 he threw the spear, thinking, "I will pin David to the wall!" But David dodged out of the way twice. 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.
12 Sha'ul became afraid of David, because ADONAI was with him and had left Sha'ul. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul.
13 Therefore Sha'ul put him at a distance from himself by making him commander over a thousand; his goings and comings became public knowledge. 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 had great success in all his ways; ADONAI was with him. 14 In everything he did he had great success, because the LORD was with him.
15 When Sha'ul saw how very successful he was, he became afraid of him. 15 When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.
16 But all Isra'el and Y'hudah loved David, because they knew about all his campaigns. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.
17 Sha'ul said to David, "Here is my older daughter Merav. I will give her to you as your wife; only continue displaying your courage for me, and fight ADONAI's battles." Sha'ul was thinking, "I don't dare touch him, so let the P'lishtim do away with 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 David's response to Sha'ul was, "Who am I, that I should become the king's son-in-law? I don't have any kind of a life, and my father's family has no rank in Isra'el." 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 However, when it was time for Merav Sha'ul's daughter to be given to David, she was given to Adri'el the Mecholati as his 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 But Mikhal Sha'ul's daughter fell in love with David. They told Sha'ul, and it pleased him. 20 Now Saul's daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.
21 Sha'ul said, "I'll give her to him, so that she can entrap him, and the P'lishtim can do away with him." So Sha'ul said to David, "Today you will become my son-in-law through the second [daughter]." 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 Sha'ul ordered his servants to speak privately with David and say, "Look, the king is pleased with you, and all his servants like you; so 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 Sha'ul's servants said this to David; but David replied, "Do you think being the king's son-in-law is something to be treated so casually, given that I'm a poor man without social standing?" 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 Sha'ul's servants reported back to him how David had responded. 24 When Saul's servants told him what David had said,
25 Sha'ul said, "Here's what you are to say to David: 'The king doesn't want any dowry; he wants a hundred foreskins of the P'lishtim, so that he can have vengeance on the king's enemies." For Sha'ul was hoping to have David killed by the P'lishtim. 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 his servants said these words to David, it pleased David to become the king's son-in-law. Even before the time [for him to be married], 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 set out, he and his men, and killed two hundred men of the P'lishtim. He brought their foreskins and gave all of them to the king in order to become the king's son-in-law. Then Sha'ul gave him Mikhal his daughter as his 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 Sha'ul saw and understood that ADONAI was with David and that Mikhal Sha'ul's daughter loved him. 28 When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David,
29 This only made Sha'ul the more afraid of David, so that Sha'ul became 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 The leaders of the P'lishtim would attack; but whenever they attacked, David was more successful than any of Sha'ul's servants; so that David acquired a great reputation. 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.