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  • In the meantime, Saul's daughter Michal had fallen in love with David, and Saul was delighted when he heard about it. - 1 Samuel 18:20

  • "Here's another chance to see him killed by the Philistines!" Saul said to himself. But to David he said, "I have a way for you to become my son-in-law after all!" - 1 Samuel 18:21

  • Then Saul told his men to say confidentially to David, "The king really likes you, and so do we. Why don't you accept the king's offer and become his son-in-law?" - 1 Samuel 18:22

  • When Saul's men said these things to David, he replied, "How can a poor man from a humble family afford the bride price for the daughter of a king?" - 1 Samuel 18:23

  • he told them, "Tell David that all I want for the bride price is one hundred Philistine foreskins! Vengeance on my enemies is all I really want." But what Saul had in mind was that David would be killed in the fight. - 1 Samuel 18:25

  • David was delighted to accept the offer. So before the time limit expired, - 1 Samuel 18:26

  • he and his men went out and killed two hundred Philistines and presented all their foreskins to the king. So Saul gave Michal to David to be his wife. - 1 Samuel 18:27

  • When the king realized how much the LORD was with David and how much Michal loved him, - 1 Samuel 18:28

  • he became even more afraid of him, and he remained David's enemy for the rest of his life. - 1 Samuel 18:29

  • Whenever the Philistine army attacked, David was more successful against them than all the rest of Saul's officers. So David's name became very famous throughout the land. - 1 Samuel 18:30

  • Saul now urged his servants and his son Jonathan to assassinate David. But Jonathan, because of his close friendship with David, - 1 Samuel 19:1

  • The next morning Jonathan spoke with his father about David, saying many good things about him. "Please don't sin against David," Jonathan pleaded. "He's never done anything to harm you. He has always helped you in any way he could. - 1 Samuel 19:4

  • Have you forgotten about the time he risked his life to kill the Philistine giant and how the LORD brought a great victory to Israel as a result? You were certainly happy about it then. Why should you murder an innocent man like David? There is no reason for it at all!" - 1 Samuel 19:5

  • So Saul listened to Jonathan and vowed, "As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be killed." - 1 Samuel 19:6

  • Afterward Jonathan called David and told him what had happened. Then he took David to see Saul, and everything was as it had been before. - 1 Samuel 19:7

  • War broke out shortly after that, and David led his troops against the Philistines. He attacked them with such fury that they all ran away. - 1 Samuel 19:8

  • But one day as Saul was sitting at home, the tormenting spirit from the LORD suddenly came upon him again. As David played his harp for the king, - 1 Samuel 19:9
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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