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  • "Tell me about your father, my boy," Saul said. And David replied, "His name is Jesse, and we live in Bethlehem." - 1 Samuel 17:58

  • After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king's son. There was an immediate bond of love between them, and they became the best of friends. - 1 Samuel 18:1

  • From that day on Saul kept David with him at the palace and wouldn't let him return home. - 1 Samuel 18:2

  • And Jonathan made a special vow to be David's friend, - 1 Samuel 18:3

  • Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander in his army, an appointment that was applauded by the fighting men and officers alike. - 1 Samuel 18:5

  • But something happened when the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed Goliath. Women came out from all the towns along the way to celebrate and to cheer for King Saul, and they sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals.*1 - 1 Samuel 18:6

  • This was their song: "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!" - 1 Samuel 18:7

  • This made Saul very angry. "What's this?" he said. "They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they'll be making him their king!" - 1 Samuel 18:8

  • So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. - 1 Samuel 18:9

  • The very next day, in fact, a tormenting spirit from God overwhelmed Saul, and he began to rave like a madman. David began to play the harp, as he did whenever this happened. But Saul, who had a spear in his hand, - 1 Samuel 18:10

  • suddenly hurled it at David, intending to pin him to the wall. But David jumped aside and escaped. This happened another time, too, - 1 Samuel 18:11

  • for Saul was afraid of him, and he was jealous because the LORD had left him and was now with David. - 1 Samuel 18:12

  • Finally, Saul banned him from his presence and appointed him commander over only a thousand men, but David faithfully led his troops into battle. - 1 Samuel 18:13

  • David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the LORD was with him. - 1 Samuel 18:14

  • But all Israel and Judah loved David because he was so successful at leading his troops into battle. - 1 Samuel 18:16

  • One day Saul said to David, "I am ready to give you my older daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be a real warrior by fighting the LORD's battles." For Saul thought to himself, "I'll send him out against the Philistines and let them kill him rather than doing it myself." - 1 Samuel 18:17

  • "Who am I, and what is my family in Israel that I should be the king's son-in-law?" David exclaimed. "My father's family is nothing!" - 1 Samuel 18:18
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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