Yet Saul did not say anything that day; for he thought, "Something has befallen him; he is not clean, surely he is not clean."
But on the second day, the morrow after the new moon, David's place was empty. And Saul said to Jonathan his son, "Why has not the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"
Jonathan answered Saul, "David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem;
he said, 'Let me go; for our family holds a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to be there. So now, if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away, and see my brothers.' For this reason he has not come to the king's table."
Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, "You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother's nakedness?
For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and fetch him to me, for he shall surely die."
Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, "Why should he be put to death? What has he done?"
But Saul cast his spear at him to smite him; so Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death.
And Jonathan rose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had disgraced him.
In the morning Jonathan went out into the field to the appointment with David, and with him a little lad.
And he said to his lad, "Run and find the arrows which I shoot." As the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
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