1 Samuel 18

Jonathan and David

1 Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that 1the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and 2Jonathan loved him as himself.
2 Saul took him that day and 3did not let him return to his father's house.
3 Then 4Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
4 5Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt.
5 So David went out wherever * Saul sent him, and prospered; and Saul set him over the men of war. And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul's servants.
6 It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that 6the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.
7 The women 7sang as they played, and said, "8Saul has slain his thousands, 9And David his ten thousands."
8 Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased * him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now 10what more can he have but the kingdom?"
9 Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.

Saul Turns against David

10 Now it came about on the next day that 11an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and 12he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, 13as usual; and 14a spear was in Saul's hand.
11 15Saul hurled the spear for he thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David escaped from his presence twice.
12 Now 16Saul was afraid of David, 17for the LORD was with him but 18had departed from Saul.
13 Therefore Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and 19he went out and came in before the people.
14 David was prospering in all his ways for 20the LORD was with him.
15 When Saul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him.
16 But 21all Israel and Judah loved David, and he went out and came in before them.
17 Then Saul said to David, "22Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife, only be a valiant man for me and fight 23the LORD'S battles." For Saul thought, "My hand shall not be against him, but 24let the hand of the Philistines be against him."
18 But David said to Saul, "25Who am I, and what is my life or my father's family in Israel, that I should be the king's son-in-law?"
19 So it came about at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to 26Adriel 27the Meholathite for a wife.

David Marries Saul's Daughter

20 Now 28Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David. When they told Saul, the thing was agreeable to him.
21 Saul thought, "I will give her to him that she may become a snare to him, and 29that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David, "30For a second time you may be my son-in-law today."
22 Then Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to David secretly, saying, 'Behold, the king delights in you, and all his servants love you; now therefore, become the king's son-in-law.' "
23 So Saul's servants spoke these words to David. But David said, "Is it trivial in your sight to become the king's son-in-law, 31since I am a poor man and lightly esteemed?"
24 The servants of Saul reported to him according to these words which David spoke.
25 Saul then said, "Thus you shall say to David, 'The king does not desire any 32dowry except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, 33to take vengeance on the king's enemies.' " Now 34Saul planned to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
26 When his servants told David these words, it pleased * David to become the king's son-in-law. 35Before the days had expired
27 David rose up and went, 36he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the Philistines. Then 37David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king's son-in-law. So Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.
28 When Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul's daughter, loved him,
29 then Saul was even more * afraid of David. Thus Saul was David's enemy continually *.
30 Then the commanders of the Philistines 38went out to battle, and it happened as often as they went out, that David 39behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul. So his name was highly esteemed.
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