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1 Samuel 18 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit 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 And Saul took him that day, and would not let him 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 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and 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 and was successful wherever Saul sent him; so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this 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 As they were coming home, when David returned from slaying the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with timbrels, with songs of 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 to one another as they made merry, "Saul has 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 angry, and this saying displeased him; he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands; and 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 And Saul eyed David from that day on. 9 And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
10 And on the morrow an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. 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 thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David evaded him twice. 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 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 a commander of 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 had success in all his undertakings; for the LORD 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 had great success, 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 Then Saul said to David, "Here is my elder daughter Merab; I will give her to you for a wife; only be valiant for me and fight the LORD'S battles." For Saul thought, "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 to Saul, "Who am I, and who are my kinsfolk, 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 at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, she was given to A'driel the Meho'lathite for a 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; 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 Saul thought, "Let me give her to him, that she may be a snare for him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall now be my son-in-law." 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, "Speak to David in private and say, 'Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you; now then 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 And Saul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said, "Does it seem to you a little thing to become the king's son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor man and of no repute?" 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, "Thus and so did David speak." 24 When Saul's servants told him what David had said,
25 Then Saul said, "Thus shall you say to David, 'The king desires no marriage present except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may 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. Before the 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 arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines; and David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king's son-in-law. And Saul gave him his daughter Michal for a 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 But when Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that all Israel loved him, 28 When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David,
29 Saul was still more afraid of David. So 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 came out to battle, and as often as they came out David had more success than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was highly 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.