1 Samuel 20:24-34 NIV

24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon festival1 came, the king sat down to eat.

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25 He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan,a and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.2

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    • a 20:25 - Septuagint; Hebrew "wall. Jonathan arose"
      26 Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, "Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean--surely he is unclean.3"

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      27 But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"
      28 Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission4 to go to Bethlehem.

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          29 He said, 'Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice5 in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table."

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          30 Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?
          31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom6 will be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he must die!"

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          32 "Why7 should he be put to death? What8 has he done?" Jonathan asked his father.

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          33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended9 to kill David.

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          34 Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the month he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father's shameful treatment of David.