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1 Samuel 20

BBE 1 And David went in flight from Naioth in Ramah and came to Jonathan and said, What have I done? What is my crime and my sin against your father that he is attempting to take my life? NIV 1 Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?” BBE 2 And he said to him, Far be the thought: you will not be put to death: see, my father does nothing, great or small, without giving me word of it: would he keep this secret from me? It is not so. NIV 2 “Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!” BBE 3 But David took his oath again and said, Your father sees that I am dear to you; so he says to himself, Let Jonathan have no idea of this, for it will be a grief to him; but as the Lord is living, and as your soul is living, there is only a step between me and death. NIV 3 But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.” BBE 4 Then Jonathan said to David, Whatever your desire is, I will do it for you. NIV 4 Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.” BBE 5 And David said to Jonathan, Tomorrow is the new moon, and I will not be seated with the king at his table: but let me go to a safe place in the country till the evening. NIV 5 So David said, “Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow. BBE 6 And if your father takes note of the fact that I am away, say, David made a request to me for himself that he might go to Beth-lehem, to his town: for it is the time when his family make their offering year by year. NIV 6 If your father misses me at all, tell him, ‘David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem, his hometown, because an annual sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.’ BBE 7 If he says, It is well, your servant will be at peace: but if he is angry, then it will be clear to you that he has an evil purpose in mind against me. NIV 7 If he says, ‘Very well,’ then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me. BBE 8 So, then, be kind to your servant; for you have been united with your servant in an agreement made before the Lord: but if there is any wrongdoing in me, put me to death yourself; why take me to your father? NIV 8 As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the LORD. If I am guilty, then kill me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?” BBE 9 And Jonathan said, Do not have such a thought: for if I saw that my father was designing evil against you, would I not give you word of it? NIV 9 “Never!” Jonathan said. “If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn’t I tell you?” BBE 10 Then David said to Jonathan, Who will give me word if your father gives you a rough answer? NIV 10 David asked, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?” BBE 11 And Jonathan said to David, Come, let us go out into the country. And the two of them went out together into the open country. NIV 11 “Come,” Jonathan said, “let’s go out into the field.” So they went there together. BBE 12 And Jonathan said to David, May the Lord, the God of Israel, be witness; when I have had a chance of talking to my father, about this time tomorrow, if his feelings to David are good, will I not send and give you the news? NIV 12 Then Jonathan said to David, “I swear by the LORD, the God of Israel, that I will surely sound out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know? BBE 13 May the Lord's punishment be on Jonathan, if it is my father's pleasure to do you evil and I do not give you word of it and send you away so that you may go in peace: and may the Lord be with you, as he has been with my father. NIV 13 But if my father intends to harm you, may the LORD deal with Jonathan, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away in peace. May the LORD be with you as he has been with my father. BBE 14 And may you, while I am still living, O may you be kind to me, as the Lord is kind, and keep me from death! NIV 14 But show me unfailing kindness like the LORD’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, BBE 15 And let not your mercy ever be cut off from my family, even when the Lord has sent destruction on all David's haters, cutting them off from the face of the earth. NIV 15 and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family—not even when the LORD has cut off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth.” BBE 16 And if it comes about that the name of Jonathan is cut off from the family of David, the Lord will make David responsible. NIV 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD call David’s enemies to account.” BBE 17 And Jonathan again took an oath to David, because of his love for him: for David was as dear to him as his very soul. NIV 17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. BBE 18 Then Jonathan said to him, Tomorrow is the new moon: and it will be seen that you are not present, for there will be no one in your seat. NIV 18 Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty. BBE 19 And on the third day it will be specially noted, and you will go to the place where you took cover when the other business was in hand, waiting by the hill over there. NIV 19 The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel. BBE 20 And on the third day I will send arrows from my bow against its side as if at a mark. NIV 20 I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target. BBE 21 And I will send my boy to have a look for the arrow. And if I say to him, See, the arrow is on this side of you; take it up! then you may come; for there is peace for you and no evil, by the living Lord. NIV 21 Then I will send a boy and say, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I say to him, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,’ then come, because, as surely as the LORD lives, you are safe; there is no danger. BBE 22 But if I say to the boy, See, the arrow has gone past you: then go on your way, for the Lord has sent you away. NIV 22 But if I say to the boy, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond you,’ then you must go, because the LORD has sent you away. BBE 23 As for what you and I were talking of, the Lord is between you and me for ever. NIV 23 And about the matter you and I discussed—remember, the LORD is witness between you and me forever.” BBE 24 So David went to a secret place in the country: and when the new moon came, the king took his place at the feast. NIV 24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat. BBE 25 And the king took his seat, as at other times, by the wall: and Jonathan was in front, and Abner was seated by Saul's side, but there was no one in David's seat. NIV 25 He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David’s place was empty. BBE 26 But Saul said nothing that day, for his thought was, Something has taken place making him unclean; it is clear that he is not clean. NIV 26 Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, “Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean—surely he is unclean.” BBE 27 And on the day after the new moon, that is, the second day, there was still no one in David's seat: and Saul said to his son Jonathan, Why has the son of Jesse not come to the feast yesterday or today? NIV 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?” BBE 28 And answering Saul, Jonathan said, He made a request to me that he might go to Beth-lehem, NIV 28 Jonathan answered, “David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem. BBE 29 Saying, Our family is making an offering in the town, and my brothers have given me orders to be there: so now, if I have grace in your eyes, let me go away and see my brothers. This is why he has not come to the king's table. NIV 29 He said, ‘Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice 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.” BBE 30 Then Saul was moved to wrath against Jonathan, and he said to him, You son of an evil and uncontrolled woman, have I not seen how you have given your love to the son of Jesse, to your shame and the shame of your mother? NIV 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? BBE 31 For while the son of Jesse is living on the earth, your position is unsafe and your kingdom is in danger. So make him come here to me, for it is certainly right for him to be put to death. NIV 31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!” BBE 32 And Jonathan, answering his father Saul, said to him, Why is he to be put to death? What has he done? NIV 32 “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. BBE 33 And Saul, pointing his spear at him, made an attempt to give him a wound: from which it was clear to Jonathan that his father's purpose was to put David to death. NIV 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David. BBE 34 So Jonathan got up from the table, burning with wrath, and took no part in the feast the second day of the month, being full of grief for David because his father had put shame on him. NIV 34 Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father’s shameful treatment of David. BBE 35 Now in the morning, Jonathan went out into the fields at the time he had said to David, and he had a little boy with him. NIV 35 In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, BBE 36 And he said to the boy, Go and get the arrow I let loose from my bow. And while the boy was running, he sent an arrow past him. NIV 36 and he said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. BBE 37 And when the boy came to the place where the arrow was, Jonathan, crying out after the boy, said, Has it not gone past you? NIV 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” BBE 38 And Jonathan went on crying out after the boy, Be quick, do not keep waiting about, go quickly. And Jonathan's boy got the arrow and came back to his master. NIV 38 Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. BBE 39 But the boy had no idea what was going on; only Jonathan and David had knowledge of it. NIV 39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) BBE 40 And Jonathan gave his bow and arrows to the boy, and said to him, Take these and go back to the town. NIV 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.” BBE 41 And when the boy had gone, David came from his secret place by the hill, and falling to the earth went down on his face three times: and they gave one another a kiss, weeping together, till David's grief was the greater. NIV 41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most. BBE 42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, for we two have taken an oath, in the name of the Lord, saying, The Lord will be between me and you, and between my seed and your seed for ever. Then David went away, and Jonathan went into the town. NIV 42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’ ” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

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