1 Samuel 20

1 Samuel 20

 
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28 Jonathan replied, "David earnestly asked me if he could go to Bethlehem.

29 He wanted to take part in a family sacrifice. His brother demanded that he be there, so I told him he could go. That's why he isn't here."

30 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

31 As long as that son of Jesse is alive, you'll never be king. Now go and get him so I can kill him!"

32 "But what has he done?" Jonathan demanded. "Why should he be put to death?"

33 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.

34 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.

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

36 "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.

37 When the boy had almost reached the arrow, Jonathan shouted, "The arrow is still ahead of you.

38 Hurry, hurry, don't wait." So the boy quickly gathered up the arrows and ran back to his master.

39 He, of course, didn't understand what Jonathan meant; only Jonathan and David knew.

40 Then Jonathan gave his bow and arrows to the boy and told him to take them back to the city.

41 As soon as the boy was gone, David came out from where he had been hiding near the stone pile.* Then David bowed to Jonathan with his face to the ground. Both of them were in tears as they embraced each other and said good-bye, especially David.2

42 At last Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have made a pact in the LORD's name. We have entrusted each other and each other's children into the LORD's hands forever." Then David left, and Jonathan returned to the city.

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Notes:

1: Hebrew You son of a perverse and rebellious woman.

2: As in Greek version; Hebrew reads near the south edge.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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