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fore Saul spoke to his son Jonathan, and all his servants, to kill 2 David. Now Jonathan, the son of Saul, loved David exceed.

ingly; therefore Jonathan told David, and said, Saul seeketh 3 to kill thee, therefore be on thy guard till to-morrow morning,

and hide thyself, and keep close, and I will go out, and stand near my father in the field where thou art, and speak to my fa.

ther about thee, and see what may be the matter, and tell thee. 4. So Jonathan spoke to his father in commendation of David,

and said to him, Let not the king sin against thy servant Da

vid; for he hath not sinned against thee; and his services are 5 very good. For he hath put his life in his hands, and smitten

the Philistines, and the Lord hath wrought a great deliverance, and all Israel have seen and rejoiced. Why then wilt thou sin

against innocent blood by putting David to death without 6 cause? And Saul hearkened to the voice of Jonathan, and

swore, saying, As the Lord liveth, he shall not be put to death. 7 Thereupon Jonathan called David, and told him all these

words. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in 8 his presence as heretofore: and as the war continued against

Saul, David took courage and fought against the Philistines,

and smote them with a very great slaughter, and they fled before 9 him. But the evil spirit from God came upon Saul when he was sitting in his house, with his spear in his hand, and while

David's hands were engaged in playing, Saul sought to strike 10 the spear into David; but David darted from before him, and 11 he struck the spear into the wall. As David had withdrawn,

and escaped, Saul sent messengers that night to David's house, to watch him, with an intent to put him to death in the morning. But Melchol, David's wife, told him, and said, Unless

thou save thy life this night, to-morrow thou wilt be put to 12 death. Then Melchol let David out through a window, and 13 he departed, and fled, and escaped. And Melchol took the

cenotaphs, and laid them on the bed, and placed a goat skin 14 pillow for his head, and covered them with a mantle. So when

Saul sent messengers to take David, they said he was sick. 15 Then Saul sent them for David, saying, Bring him to me on 16 the bed, that I may put him to death. And when the messen.

gers came, behold! There were the cenotaphs on the bed, and 17 a goat skin pillow for his head. Whereupon Saul said to Mel.

chol, Why hast thou thus deceived me, and sent away my

enemy, so that he hath escaped? And Melchol said to Saul, 18 He said, Let me go, else I will put thee to death. So David

fed, and escaped, and went to Samuel, to Armathaim, and told

him all that Saul had done to him. And Samuel went with 19 David, and they made their abode at Navath in Rama. And 20 when it was told Saul, saying, Behold David is at Navath, in

Rama, Saul sent messengers to take David. But when they saw the assembly of the prophets, with Samuel, standing at

the head of them, a Spirit of God came upon the messengers 21 of Saul, and they prophesied. When this was told Saul, he

sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. And when

Saul sent a third set of messengers, and they also prophesied, 22 he was exceedingly enraged, and went himself to Armathaim.

And when he came to the well of Alo, which is at Sephi, he

inquired, and said, Where are Samuel and David ? And they 23 said, Behold at Navath, in Rama. Thereupon he went thence

to Navath, in Rama, and a Spirit of God came upon him also,

and he went on prophesying till he came to Navath, in Rama. 24 And having stripped off his upper garments, he prophesied

before them, and lay uncovered that whole day, and the whole night. For this cause they said, Is Saul also among the pro

phets?

XX. And David fled from Navath in Rama, and came to Jo

nathan, and said, What have I done? And what is my offence? · And wherein have I sinned in the sight of thy father, that he 2 seeketh my life? And Jonathan said to him, God forbid! Thou must not die. Behold my father can do nothing, great or small,

without telling me. Why then should he conceal from me 3 such a thing as this? It is not so. And David in reply to Jonathan, said, Thy father knoweth well, that I have found favour in thy sight, therefore he said, Jonathan must not know this. He will not consent. But as the Lord liveth, and thy

soul liveth, it is as I said. There is but a step between me and 4 death. Then Jonathan said to David, What doth thy soul 5 desire? And, What shall I do for thee? And David said to

Jonathan, Behold, to-morrow is the new moon. As for me, I

will not sit down to eat. Thou shalt let me go, and I will hide 6 myself in the field till evening. And if thy father look and in

fore Saul spoke to his son Jonathan, and all his servants, to kill 2 David. Now Jonathan, the son of Saul, loved David exceed

ingly; therefore Jonathan told David, and said, Saul seeketh 3 to kill thee, therefore be on thy guard till to-morrow morning,

and hide thyself, and keep close, and I will go out, and stand near my father in the field where thou art, and speak to my fa.

ther about thee, and see what may be the matter, and tell thee. 4. So Jonathan spoke to his father in commendation of David,

and said to him, Let not the king sin against thy servant Da

vid; for he hath not sinned against thee; and his services are 5 very good. For he hath put his life in his hands, and smitten

the Philistines, and the Lord hath wrought a great deliverance, and all Israel have seen and rejoiced. Why then wilt thou sin

against innocent blood by putting David to death without 6 cause? And Saul hearkened to the voice of Jonathan, and

swore, saying, As the Lord liveth, he shall not be put to death. 7 Thereupon Jonathan called David, and told him all these

words. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in 8 his presence as heretofore: and as the war continued against

Saul, David took courage and fought against the Philistines,

and smote them with a very great slaughter, and they fled before 9 him. But the evil spirit from God came upon Saul when he

was sitting in his house, with his spear in his hand, and while

David's hands were engaged in playing, Saul sought to strike 10 the spear into David; but David darted from before him, and 11 he struck the spear into the wall. As David had withdrawn,

and escaped, Saul sent messengers that night to David's house, to watch him, with an intent to put him to death in the morning. But Melchol, David's wife, told him, and said, Unless

thou save thy life this night, to-morrow thou wilt be put to 12 death. Then Melchol let David out through a window, and 13 he departed, and fed, and escaped. And Melchol took the

cenotaphs, and laid them on the bed, and placed a goat skin 14 pillow for his head, and covered them with a mantle. So when

Saul sent messengers to take David, they said he was sick. 15 Then Saul sent them for David, saying, Bring him to me on 16 the bed, that I may put him to death. And when the messen

gers came, behold! There were the cenotaphs on the bed, and 17 a goat skin pillow for his head. Whereupon Saul said to Mel

chol, Why hast thou thus deceived me, and sent away my

enemy, so that he hath escaped? And Melchol said to Saul, 18 He said, Let me go, else I will put thee to death. So David

Aed, and escaped, and went to Samuel, to Armathaim, and told

him all that Saul had done to him. And Samuel went with 19 David, and they made their abode at Navath in Rama. And 20 when it was told Saul, saying, Behold David is at Navath, in .

Rama, Saul sent messengers to take David. But when they saw the assembly of the prophets, with Samuel, standing at

the head of them, a Spirit of God came upon the messengers 21 of Saul, and they prophesied. When this was told Saul, he

sent other messengers, and they also prophesied. And when

Saul sent a third set of messengers, and they also prophesied,, 22 he was exceedingly enraged, and went himself to Armathaim.

And when he came to the well of Alo, which is at Sephi, he

inquired, and said, Where are Samuel and David ? And they 23 said, Behold at Navath, in Rama. Thereupon he went thence

to Navath, in Rama, and a Spirit of God came upon him also,

and he went on prophesying till he came to Navath, in Rama. 24 And having stripped off his upper garments, he prophesied

before them, and lay uncovered that whole day, and the whole night. For this cause they said, Is Saul also among the pro.

phets? XX. And David fled from Navath in Rama, and came to Jo.

nathan, and said, What have I done? And what is my offence?

And wherein have I sinned in the sight of thy father, that he 2 seeketh my life? And Jonathan said to him, God forbid! Thou must not die. Behold my father can do nothing, great or small,

without telling me. Why then should he conceal from me 3 such a thing as this? It is not so. And David in reply to Jonathan, said, Thy father knoweth well, that I have found favour in thy sight, therefore he said, Jonathan must not know this. He will not consent. But as the Lord liveth, and thy

soul liveth, it is as I said. There is but a step between me and 4 death. Then Jonathan said to David, What doth thy soul 5 desire? And, What shall I do for thee? And David said to

Jonathan, Behold, to-morrow is the new moon. As for me, I

will not sit down to eat. Thou shalt let me go, and I will hide 6 myself in the field till evening. And if thy father look and in

quire for me, thou shalt say, David earnestly intreated me,

that he might run to Bethlehem, his city, because there is an 7 annual sacrifice there, for the whole community. If he say,

Very well; there is peace for thy servant. But if he answer

thee sharply, be assured that this mischief is fully determined 8 on by him. Now thou must deal mercifully with thy servant,

because thou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the Lord with thee. If indeed there be iniquity in thy servant, put

me to death thyself. Why shouldst thou in that case bring me 9 to thy father? And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee. For if

I know certainly that this mischief is fully determined on by

my father, to come upon thee, provided it be not against thy 10 cities, I will tell thee. Then David said to Jonathan, Who 11 shall tell me, if thy father hath answered roughly? Whereupon

Jonathan said to David, Come and stay in the field. So they 12 both went out to the field. Then Jonathan said to David, The

Lord God of Israel knoweth, that I will, as occasion offereth, during the three days, sound my father, and whether good or

ill be determined in respect to David, I will send thee word 13 into this field. God do so to Jonathan, and more also, if I do

not disclose the evils against thee, and send thee away that

thou mayst go in peace. And the Lord be with thee as he hath 14 been with my father, provided that while I am alive, thou deal 15 kindly with me, and, when I die, thou withdraw not thy kind

ness from my house forever; and with this further proviso, that when the Lord removeth the enemies of David, every one from the face of the earth, the family of Jonathan be not sought

for by the house of David, may the Lord search out the ene17 mies of David. And Jonathan repeated again his oath to Da. 18 vid, for he loved the soul of one who loved him. Then Jona.

than said, To-morrow is new moon, therefore thou shalt hide

thyself, that thy seat may be vacant; and when thou hast done 19 so for three days, thou shalt watch an opportunity, and come

to this place, where thou mayst conceal thyself on that busy 20 day, and thou shalt sit near that Ergab. And I will come on

the third day, and throw darts, taking aim at this Amattari. 21 And behold I will send a servant and say, Go, find me the dart.

If I say to the servant, Here, the dart is from thee, even here, pick it up. Come thou to me, for there is peace for thee. And

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