1 Samuel 18 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 {When} he finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan became attached to 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 Saul took him on that [very] day and did not allow him to return 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 made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his [own] soul. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
4 Jonathan stripped off the robe {that he was wearing} and gave it to David, along with his fighting attire, and even 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 {whenever} Saul sent him, [and] he succeeded. So Saul appointed him over the men of the war, and it {pleased} all the people and even {pleased} the servants of Saul. 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 {When they were coming back} after David had returned from striking down the Philistine, the women went out from all the cities of Israel singing and dancing to meet King Saul with tambourines, with joy, and with 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 And the women sang as they danced, and they said, "Saul has struck down his thousands, but David his ten thousands!" 7 As they danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
8 {Saul became very angry}, and {this saying displeased him}, and he thought, "They have attributed to David ten thousands, but to me they have attributed thousands! {What more can he have 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 So Saul was watching David [with suspicion] from that day onward. 9 And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
10 {On} [the] next day, the evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he prophesied in the middle of the house. Now David was playing [the lyre] with his hand on [that] day {as usual}, and the spear was in Saul's 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 Then Saul hurled the spear and thought, "{I will pin David to the wall}." But David eluded him twice. 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.
12 {Now Saul was threatened by the presence of David} because Yahweh was with him, but had departed from Saul. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul.
13 So Saul removed him {from his presence}, and made him commander of a thousand, {so he marched in and out at the front of the army}. 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 was achieving success in all his ways and Yahweh [was] with him, 14 In everything he did he had great success, because the LORD was with him.
15 but when Saul saw that he [was] very successful, {he was severely threatened by him}. 15 When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.
16 However, all of Israel and Judah [were] loving David, for he was going forth and marching ahead of them. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.
17 Then Saul said to David, "Here [is] my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you as [your] wife. Only be {a brave warrior} for me and fight the battles of Yahweh." For Saul thought, "My hand will not be against him, but let the hand of [the] Philistines be against 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 But David said to Saul, "Who [am] I, and [who are] my relatives, the clan of my father in Israel, that I should be a 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} at the time Saul's daughter Merab [was] to be given to David, she was given [instead] to Adriel the Meholathite as 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 Now Saul's daughter Michal loved David, so they told Saul, and the matter {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 thought, "I will give her to him, so that she may be a snare for him and the hand of [the] Philistines may be against him." So Saul said to David, "For a second [time] you can become my son-in-law today." 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 Then Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to David in secret, saying, 'Look, the king [is] pleased with you, and all his servants love you. So then, become a son-in-law of the king.'" 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 spoke these words {to David privately}. But David said, "[Is] it insignificant {in your sight} to become the son-in-law of the king, [as] I am a poor and lightly esteemed man?" 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 So the servants of Saul informed him, saying, "{This is what David said}." 24 When Saul's servants told him what David had said,
25 Then Saul said, "This [is] what you must say to David: '{The king desires no bride price} except for a hundred foreskins of [the] Philistines, to avenge himself on the enemies of the king.'" (Now Saul had planned to allow David to 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 So his servants told David these words, and the matter {pleased David} to become the son-in-law of the king [as] {the specified time had 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 got up, and he and his men went and struck down two hundred men [of the] Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and {they presented the full number} to become the king's son-in-law. Then Saul gave him Michal 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 When Saul {realized} that Yahweh [was] with David and {his own daughter Michal} loved him, 28 When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David,
29 Saul {was threatened by David still more}, so Saul {became a perpetual enemy of David}. 29 Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days.
30 Then the commanders of [the] Philistines went out [for battle], and as often as they went out, David succeeded more than all the servants of Saul, and his name became very esteemed. 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.