Jonathan

Jonathan

 
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  • "My father has made trouble for us all!" Jonathan exclaimed. "A command like that only hurts us. See how much better I feel now that I have eaten this little bit of honey. - 1 Samuel 14:29


  • I vow by the name of the LORD who rescued Israel that the sinner will surely die, even if it is my own son Jonathan!" But no one would tell him what the trouble was. - 1 Samuel 14:39


  • Then Saul prayed, "O LORD, God of Israel, please show us who is guilty and who is innocent. Are Jonathan and I guilty, or is the sin among the others?"* And Jonathan and Saul were chosen* as the guilty ones, and the people were declared innocent.1 - 1 Samuel 14:41


  • Then Saul said, "Now choose* between me and Jonathan." And Jonathan was shown to be the guilty one.2 - 1 Samuel 14:42


  • "Tell me what you have done," Saul demanded of Jonathan. "I tasted a little honey," Jonathan admitted. "It was only a little bit on the end of a stick. Does that deserve death?" - 1 Samuel 14:43


  • "Yes, Jonathan," Saul said, "you must die! May God strike me dead if you are not executed for this." - 1 Samuel 14:44


  • But the people broke in and said to Saul, "Should Jonathan, who saved Israel today, die? Far from it! As surely as the LORD lives, not one hair on his head will be touched, for he has been used of God to do a mighty miracle today." So the people rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death. - 1 Samuel 14:45


  • Saul's sons included Jonathan, Ishbosheth,* and Malkishua. He also had two daughters: Merab, who was older, and Michal.3 - 1 Samuel 14:49


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • David now fled from Naioth in Ramah and found Jonathan. "What have I done?" he exclaimed. "What is my crime? How have I offended your father that he is so determined to kill me?" - 1 Samuel 20:1


  • "That's not true!" Jonathan protested. "I'm sure he's not planning any such thing, for he always tells me everything he's going to do, even the little things. I know he wouldn't hide something like this from me. It just isn't so!" - 1 Samuel 20:2


  • Then David took an oath before Jonathan and said, "Your father knows perfectly well about our friendship, so he has said to himself, `I won't tell Jonathan--why should I hurt him?' But I swear to you that I am only a step away from death! I swear it by the LORD and by your own soul!" - 1 Samuel 20:3
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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