1 Samuel 19 (Today's New International Version)

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Saul Tries to Kill David

1 Saul told his son Jonathan1 and all the attendants to kill2 David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, "My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding3 and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I'll speak4 to him about you and will tell you what I find out." 4 Jonathan spoke5 well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong6 to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. 5 He took his life7 in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory8 for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent9 man like David by killing him for no reason?" 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 the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.10 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 But an evila spirit11 from the LORD came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre,12 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded13 him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape. 11 Saul sent men to David's house to watch14 it and to kill him in the morning.15 But Michal, David's wife, warned him, "If you don't run for your life tonight, tomorrow you'll be killed." 12 So Michal let David down through a window,16 and he fled and escaped. 13 Then Michal took an idol17 and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats' hair at the head. 14 When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said,18 "He is ill." 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 But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats' hair. 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 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah19 and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19 Word came to Saul: "David is in Naioth at Ramah"; 20 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets20 prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on21 Saul's men, and they also prophesied.22 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 Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Seku. And he asked, "Where are Samuel and David?" "Over in Naioth at Ramah," they said. 23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying23 until he came to Naioth. 24 He stripped24 off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel's25 presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is why people say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"26
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