1 Samuel 18


David Wins Acclaim from All Israel

1And it came to pass as he finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was bound together to the soul of David; and [2loved 3him 1Jonathan] according to his own soul. 2And [2received 3him 1Saul] in that day, and he did not allow him to return to the house of his father. 3And [4ordained 1Jonathan 2and 3David] a covenant, for he loved him according to his soul. 4And Jonathan took off the outer garment, the one upon him, and he gave it to David, and his uniform, unto his broadsword, and the bow, and his belt. 5And David went forth perceiving in all what ever [2sent 3him 1Saul]. And [2placed 3him 1Saul] over the men of war. And he pleased in the eyes of all the people, and also even in the eyes of the manservants of Saul. 6And it came to pass in his entering, when David returned striking the Philistine, that [2came forth 1the women] joining in a dance and singing, to meet Saul the king from out of all the cities of Israel, with tambourines, and with joyfulness, and with cymbals. 7And [3took the lead 1the 2women] playing, and said, Saul struck his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8And Saul was provoked to anger, and [3appeared as 5sorry state 1the 2thing 4an exceeding] before Saul concerning this word. And he said, They gave to David the ten thousands, and to me they gave the thousands. And what is there to him besides the kingdom? 9And Saul was suspecting David from that day and beyond. 10And it came to pass of the next day, that [5fell 2spirit 3from 4God 1a ferocious] upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of his house; And David strummed with his hand as according to each day; and the wooden spear was in the hand of Saul. 11And Saul lifted the wooden spear and said, I will strike into David and into the wall. And David turned aside from his presence twice. 12And Saul feared from the face of David, for the  lord was with him. And [2from 3Saul 1he left]. 13And [2removed 3him 1Saul] from himself, and placed him to himself as a commander of a thousand. And he went forth and entered before the people. 14And David was [2in 3all 4his ways 1perceiving], and the  lord was with him. 15And Saul beheld as he perceived exceedingly, and he was cautious of his person. 16And all Israel and Judah loved David, for he entered and went forth before the face of the people. 17And Saul said to David, Behold, my daughter, the elder, Merab. I will give her to you for a wife, only become to me for a son of power, and wage war of the battles of the  lord! And Saul said, Let not [2be 1my hand] upon him, but let [5be 6on 7him 1the 2hand 3of the 4Philistines]! 18And David said to Saul, Who am I, and what is the life of the kin of my father in Israel, that I shall be an in-law of the king? 19And it came to pass in the time of the giving Merab daughter of Saul to David, that he gave her to Adriel the Meholathite for a wife. 20And [5loved 1Michal 2the 3daughter 4of Saul] David. And it was reported to Saul, and [3was pleasing 4in 5his eyes 1the 2thing]. 21And Saul said, I will give her to him, and she shall be to him for an obstacle, and [3shall be 4upon 5him 1the hand 2of the Philistines]. And Saul said to David a second time, You shall ally to me by marriage today. 22And Saul gave charge to his servants, saying, You speak in private to David, saying, Behold, [3want 4is towards 5you 1the 2king's], and all his servants love you, and thus you be allied by marriage to the king! 23And [4spoke 1the 2servants 3of Saul] into the ears of David these things. And David said, [2the 3light thing 1Is it] in your eyes to be allied by marriage to the king? And I am [2man 1a humble], and not esteemed? 24And [4reported 1the 2servants 3of Saul] to him according to these words which David spoke. 25And Saul said, Thus shall you say to David, [3does not 4want 1The 2king] a dowry, but only a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to avenge against the enemies of the king. And Saul devised to put David into the hands of the Philistines. 26And [4told 1the 2servants 3of Saul] to David these things. And [3was straightened 1the 2word] in the eyes of David to be allied by marriage to the king. And [3were not fulfilled 1the 2days]. 27And David rose up and went himself and his men, and he struck among the Philistines two hundred men. And he brought their foreskins, and fulfilled them to the king; and he becomes allied by marriage to the king; and [2gives 3to him 1Saul] Michal his daughter for a wife. 28And Saul beheld and knew that the  lord was with David. And Michal his daughter and all Israel loved him. 29And Saul proceeded to fear from before David still. And Saul became hating David all the days. 30And [5came forth 1the 2rulers 3of the 4Philistines], and it came to pass from [2fit 3expedition 1their], that David perceived above all the servants of Saul. And [3esteemed 1his name 2was greatly].
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