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  • "Tell me what I can do!" Jonathan exclaimed. - 1 Samuel 20:4

  • "Never!" Jonathan exclaimed. "You know that if I had the slightest notion my father was planning to kill you, I would tell you at once." - 1 Samuel 20:9

  • "Come out to the field with me," Jonathan replied. And they went out there together. - 1 Samuel 20:11

  • Then Jonathan told David, "I promise by the LORD, the God of Israel, that by this time tomorrow, or the next day at the latest, I will talk to my father and let you know at once how he feels about you. If he speaks favorably about you, I will let you know. - 1 Samuel 20:12

  • So Jonathan made a covenant with David,* saying, "May the LORD destroy all your enemies!"1 - 1 Samuel 20:16

  • And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself. - 1 Samuel 20:17

  • Then Jonathan said, "Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival. You will be missed when your place at the table is empty. - 1 Samuel 20:18

  • He sat at his usual place against the wall, with Jonathan sitting opposite him* and Abner beside him. But David's place was empty.3 - 1 Samuel 20:25

  • But when David's place was empty again the next day, Saul asked Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse been here for dinner either yesterday or today?" - 1 Samuel 20:27

  • Jonathan replied, "David earnestly asked me if he could go to Bethlehem. - 1 Samuel 20:28

  • Saul boiled with rage at Jonathan. "You stupid son of a whore!"* he swore at him. "Do you think I don't know that you want David to be king in your place, shaming yourself and your mother?1 - 1 Samuel 20:30

  • "But what has he done?" Jonathan demanded. "Why should he be put to death?" - 1 Samuel 20:32

  • Then Saul hurled his spear at Jonathan, intending to kill him. So at last Jonathan realized that his father was really determined to kill David. - 1 Samuel 20:33

  • Jonathan left the table in fierce anger and refused to eat all that day, for he was crushed by his father's shameful behavior toward David. - 1 Samuel 20:34

  • The next morning, as agreed, Jonathan went out into the field and took a young boy with him to gather his arrows. - 1 Samuel 20:35

  • "Start running," he told the boy, "so you can find the arrows as I shoot them." So the boy ran, and Jonathan shot an arrow beyond him. - 1 Samuel 20:36

  • When the boy had almost reached the arrow, Jonathan shouted, "The arrow is still ahead of you. - 1 Samuel 20:37
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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