1 Samuel 19 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Saul told his son Jonathan and all his officials that he planned to kill David. But Jonathan was very fond of David, 1 Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan was very fond of David
2 and so he told him, "My father is trying to kill you. Please be careful tomorrow morning; hide in some secret place and stay there. 2 and warned him, "My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there.
3 I will go and stand by my father in the field where you are hiding, and I will speak to him about you. If I find out anything, I will let you know." 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I'll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out."
4 Jonathan praised David to Saul and said, "Sir, don't do wrong to your servant David. He has never done you any wrong; on the contrary, everything he has done has been a great help to you. 4 Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly.
5 He risked his life when he killed Goliath, and the Lord won a great victory for Israel. When you saw it, you were glad. Why, then, do you now want to do wrong to an innocent man and kill David for no reason at all?" 5 He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?"
6 Saul was convinced by what Jonathan said and made a vow in the Lord's name that he would not kill David. 6 Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: "As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be put to death."
7 So Jonathan called David and told him everything; then he took him to Saul, and David served the king as he had before. 7 So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.
8 War with the Philistines broke out again. David attacked them and defeated them so thoroughly that they fled. 8 Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him.
9 One day an evil spirit from the Lord took control of Saul. He was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand, and David was there, playing his harp. 9 But an evil spirit from the LORD came upon Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the harp,
10 Saul tried to pin David to the wall with his spear, but David dodged, and the spear stuck in the wall. David ran away and escaped. 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.
11 That same night Saul sent some men to watch David's house and kill him the next morning. Michal, David's wife, warned him, "If you don't get away tonight, tomorrow you will be dead." 11 Saul sent men to David's house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David's wife, warned him, "If you don't run for your life tonight, tomorrow you'll be killed."
12 She let him down from a window, and he ran away and escaped. 12 So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped.
13 Then she took the household idol, laid it on the bed, put a pillow made of goats' hair at its head, and put a cover over it. 13 Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats' hair at the head.
14 When Saul's men came to get David, Michal told them that he was sick. 14 When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said, "He is ill."
15 But Saul sent them back to see David for themselves. He ordered them, "Carry him here in his bed, and I will kill him." 15 Then Saul sent the men back to see David and told them, "Bring him up to me in his bed so that I may kill him."
16 They went inside and found the household idol in the bed and the goats' hair pillow at its head. 16 But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats' hair.
17 Saul asked Michal, "Why have you tricked me like this and let my enemy escape?" She answered, "He said he would kill me if I didn't help him escape." 17 Saul said to Michal, "Why did you deceive me like this and send my enemy away so that he escaped?" Michal told him, "He said to me, 'Let me get away. Why should I kill you?' "
18 David escaped and went to Samuel in Ramah and told him everything that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 18 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there.
19 Saul was told that David was in Naioth in Ramah, 19 Word came to Saul: "David is in Naioth at Ramah";
20 so he sent some men to arrest him. They saw the group of prophets dancing and shouting, with Samuel as their leader. Then the spirit of God took control of Saul's men, and they also began to dance and shout. 20 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came upon Saul's men and they also prophesied.
21 When Saul heard of this, he sent more messengers, and they also began to dance and shout. He sent messengers the third time, and the same thing happened to them. 21 Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied.
22 Then he himself started out to Ramah. When he came to the large well in Secu, he asked where Samuel and David were and was told that they were at Naioth. 22 Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Secu. And he asked, "Where are Samuel and David?" "Over in Naioth at Ramah," they said.
23 As he was going there, the spirit of God took control of him also, and he danced and shouted all the way to Naioth. 23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even upon him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth.
24 He took off his clothes and danced and shouted in Samuel's presence, and lay naked all that day and all that night. (This is how the saying originated, "Has even Saul become a prophet?") 24 He stripped off his robes and also prophesied in Samuel's presence. He lay that way all that day and night. This is why people say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"