If he say thus, `It is well,' thy servant shall have peace; but if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him.
Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant, for thou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with thee. Notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?"
And Jonathan said, "Far be it from thee; for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it to thee?"
Then said David to Jonathan, "Who shall tell me? Or what if thy father answer thee roughly?"
And Jonathan said unto David, "Come, and let us go out into the field." And they went out both of them into the field.
And Jonathan said unto David, "By the LORD the God of Israel, when I have sounded out my father about tomorrow any time, or the third day, and behold, if there be good toward David, and I then send not unto thee and show it to thee,
the LORD do so and much more to Jonathan. But if it please my father to do thee evil, then I will show it to thee and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace; and the LORD be with thee, as He hath been with my father.
And thou shalt not only show me the kindness of the LORD while yet I live, that I die not,
but also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever -- no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth."
So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David's enemies."
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.