Parallel Bible results for 1 Samuel 20

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1 Samuel 20

NCV 1 Then David ran away from Naioth in Ramah. He went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How did I sin against your father? Why is he trying to kill me?" 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?” NCV 2 Jonathan answered, "No! You won't die! See, my father doesn't do anything great or small without first telling me. Why would he keep this from me? It's not true!" 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!” NCV 3 But David took an oath, saying, "Your father knows very well that you like me. He says to himself, 'Jonathan must not know about it, or he will tell David.' As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I am only a step away from 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.” NCV 4 Jonathan said to David, "I'll do anything you want me to do." NIV 4 Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.” NCV 5 So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon festival. I am supposed to eat with the king, but let me hide in the field until the third 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. NCV 6 If your father notices I am gone, tell him, 'David begged me to let him go to his hometown of Bethlehem. Every year at this time his family group offers a sacrifice.' 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.’ NCV 7 If your father says, 'Fine,' I am safe. But if he becomes angry, you will know that he wants to hurt 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. NCV 8 Jonathan, be loyal to me, your servant. You have made an agreement with me before the Lord. If I am guilty, you may kill me yourself! Why hand me over 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?” NCV 9 Jonathan answered, "No, never! If I learn that my father plans to hurt you, I will warn you!" NIV 9 “Never!” Jonathan said. “If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn’t I tell you?” NCV 10 David asked, "Who will let me know if your father answers you unkindly?" NIV 10 David asked, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?” NCV 11 Then Jonathan said, "Come, let's go out into the field." So the two of them went out into the field. NIV 11 “Come,” Jonathan said, “let’s go out into the field.” So they went there together. NCV 12 Jonathan said to David, "I promise this before the Lord, the God of Israel: At this same time the day after tomorrow, I will find out how my father feels. If he feels good toward you, I will send word to you and let you know. 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? NCV 13 But if my father plans to hurt you, I will let you know and send you away safely. May the Lord punish me terribly if I don't do this. 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. NCV 14 But show me the kindness of the Lord as long as I live so that I may not die. NIV 14 But show me unfailing kindness like the LORD’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, NCV 15 You must never stop showing your kindness to my family, even when the Lord has destroyed all your enemies from 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.” NCV 16 So Jonathan made an agreement with David. He said, "May the Lord hold David's enemies responsible." NIV 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD call David’s enemies to account.” NCV 17 And Jonathan asked David to repeat his promise of love for him, because he loved David as much as he loved himself. NIV 17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. NCV 18 Jonathan said to David, "Tomorrow is the New Moon festival. Your seat will be empty, so my father will miss you. NIV 18 Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty. NCV 19 On the third day go to the place where you hid when this trouble began. Wait by the rock Ezel. 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. NCV 20 On the third day I will shoot three arrows to the side of the rock as if I am shooting at a target. NIV 20 I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target. NCV 21 Then I will send a boy to find the arrows. If I say to him, 'The arrows are near you; bring them here,' you may come out of hiding. You are safe. As the Lord lives, there is no danger. 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. NCV 22 But if I say to the boy, 'Look, the arrows are beyond you,' you must go, because the Lord is sending 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. NCV 23 Remember what we talked about. The Lord is a witness between you and me forever." NIV 23 And about the matter you and I discussed—remember, the LORD is witness between you and me forever.” NCV 24 So David hid in the field. When the New Moon festival came, the king sat down to eat. NIV 24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat. NCV 25 He sat where he always sat, near the wall. Jonathan sat across from him, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty. 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. NCV 26 That day Saul said nothing. He thought, "Maybe something has happened to David so that he is unclean." 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.” NCV 27 But the next day was the second day of the month, and David's place was still empty. So Saul said to Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse 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?” NCV 28 Jonathan answered, "David begged me to let him go to Bethlehem. NIV 28 Jonathan answered, “David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem. NCV 29 He said, 'Let me go, because our family has a sacrifice in the town, and my brother has ordered me to be there. Now if I am your friend, please let me go to see my brothers.' That 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.” NCV 30 Then Saul became very angry with Jonathan. He said, "You son of a wicked, worthless woman! I know you are on the side of David son of Jesse! You bring shame on yourself and on your mother who gave birth to you. 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? NCV 31 As long as Jesse's son lives, you will never be king or have a kingdom. Now send for David and bring him to me. He must die!" 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!” NCV 32 Jonathan asked his father, "Why should David be killed? What wrong has he done?" NIV 32 “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. NCV 33 Then Saul threw his spear at Jonathan, trying to kill him. So Jonathan knew that his father really wanted to kill David. NIV 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David. NCV 34 Jonathan was very angry and left the table. That second day of the month he refused to eat. He was ashamed of his father and upset over David. 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. NCV 35 The next morning Jonathan went out to the field to meet David as they had agreed. He had a young 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, NCV 36 Jonathan said to the boy, "Run and find the arrows I shoot." When he ran, Jonathan shot an arrow beyond 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. NCV 37 The boy ran to the place where Jonathan's arrow fell, but Jonathan called, "The arrow is beyond 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?” NCV 38 Then he shouted, "Hurry! Go quickly! Don't stop!" The boy picked up the arrow and brought it 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. NCV 39 (The boy knew nothing about what this meant; only Jonathan and David knew.) NIV 39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) NCV 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and told him, "Go back to town." NIV 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.” NCV 41 When the boy left, David came out from the south side of the rock. He bowed facedown on the ground before Jonathan three times. Then David and Jonathan kissed each other and cried together, but David cried the most. 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. NCV 42 Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace. We have promised by the Lord that we will be friends. We said, 'The Lord will be a witness between you and me, and between our descendants always.'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to 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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