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Ruth 4:17

(NIV)
The women living there said, ‘Naomi has a son!’ And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

(ESV)
And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Ruth 4:22

(NIV)
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of David.

(ESV)
Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.

1Sam 16:13

(NIV)
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the  Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.

(ESV)
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the  Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

1Sam 16:19

(NIV)
Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, ‘Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.’
(ESV)
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.”

1Sam 16:20

(NIV)
So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.

(ESV)
And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul.

1Sam 16:21

(NIV)
David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armour-bearers.
(ESV)
And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer.

1Sam 16:22

(NIV)
Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, ‘Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.’

(ESV)
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight.”

1Sam 16:23

(NIV)
Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

(ESV)
And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.

1Sam 17:12

(NIV)
Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old.
(ESV)
Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years.

1Sam 17:14

(NIV)
David was the youngest. The three eldest followed Saul,
(ESV)
David was the youngest. The three eldest followed Saul,

1Sam 17:15

(NIV)
but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

(ESV)
but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

1Sam 17:17

(NIV)
Now Jesse said to his son David, ‘Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp.
(ESV)
And Jesse said to David his son, “Take for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers.

1Sam 17:20

(NIV)
Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
(ESV)
And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper and took the provisions and went, as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the encampment as the host was going out to the battle line, shouting the war cry.

1Sam 17:22

(NIV)
David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were.
(ESV)
And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage and ran to the ranks and went and greeted his brothers.

1Sam 17:23

(NIV)
As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.
(ESV)
As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.

1Sam 17:26

(NIV)
David asked the men standing near him, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’

(ESV)
And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

1Sam 17:28

(NIV)
When Eliab, David’s eldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, ‘Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.’

(ESV)
Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”

1Sam 17:29

(NIV)
‘Now what have I done?’ said David. ‘Can’t I even speak?’
(ESV)
And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?”

1Sam 17:31

(NIV)
What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.

(ESV)
When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him.

1Sam 17:32

(NIV)
David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’

(ESV)
And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

1Sam 17:33

(NIV)
Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.’

(ESV)
And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.”

1Sam 17:34

(NIV)
But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
(ESV)
But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock,

1Sam 17:37

(NIV)
The  Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.’

Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the  Lord be with you.’

(ESV)
And David said, “The  Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the  Lord be with you!”

1Sam 17:38

(NIV)
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armour on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
(ESV)
Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail,

1Sam 17:39

(NIV)
David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off.
(ESV)
and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.

1Sam 17:41

(NIV)
Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield-bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.
(ESV)
And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him.

1Sam 17:42

(NIV)
He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.
(ESV)
And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.

1Sam 17:43

(NIV)
He said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
(ESV)
And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

1Sam 17:44

(NIV)
‘Come here,’ he said, ‘and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!’

(ESV)
The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”

1Sam 17:45

(NIV)
David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the  Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
(ESV)
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the  Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

1Sam 17:48

(NIV)
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet him.
(ESV)
When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.

1Sam 17:49

(NIV)
Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

(ESV)
And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

1Sam 17:50

(NIV)
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

(ESV)
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.

1Sam 17:51

(NIV)
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.
(ESV)
Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

1Sam 17:54

(NIV)
David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.

(ESV)
And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.

1Sam 17:55

(NIV)
As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, ‘Abner, whose son is that young man?’

Abner replied, ‘As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.’

(ESV)
As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?” And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.”

1Sam 17:57

(NIV)
As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.

(ESV)
And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.

1Sam 17:58

(NIV)
‘Whose son are you, young man?’ Saul asked him.

David said, ‘I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.’

(ESV)
And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”

1Sam 18:1

(NIV)
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.
(ESV)
As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

1Sam 18:2

(NIV)
From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family.
(ESV)
And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house.

1Sam 18:3

(NIV)
And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
(ESV)
Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

1Sam 18:4

(NIV)
Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.

(ESV)
And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.

1Sam 18:5

(NIV)
Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.

(ESV)
And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

1Sam 18:6

(NIV)
When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lyres.
(ESV)
As they were coming home, when David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments.

1Sam 18:7

(NIV)
As they danced, they sang:

‘Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.’
(ESV)
And the women sang to one another as they celebrated,

Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.”

1Sam 18:8

(NIV)
Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. ‘They have credited David with tens of thousands,’ he thought, ‘but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?’
(ESV)
And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?”

1Sam 18:9

(NIV)
And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

(ESV)
And Saul eyed David from that day on.

1Sam 18:10

(NIV)
The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand
(ESV)
The next day a harmful spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand.

1Sam 18:11

(NIV)
and he hurled it, saying to himself, ‘I’ll pin David to the wall.’ But David eluded him twice.

(ESV)
And Saul hurled the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David evaded him twice.

1Sam 18:12

(NIV)
Saul was afraid of David, because the  Lord was with David but had departed from Saul.
(ESV)
Saul was afraid of David because the  Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.

1Sam 18:13

(NIV)
So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns.
(ESV)
So Saul removed him from his presence and made him a commander of a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people.

1Sam 18:14

(NIV)
In everything he did he had great success, because the  Lord was with him.
(ESV)
And David had success in all his undertakings, for the  Lord was with him.

1Sam 18:16

(NIV)
But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.

(ESV)
But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them.

1Sam 18:17

(NIV)
Saul said to David, ‘Here is my elder daughter Merab. I will give her to you in marriage; only serve me bravely and fight the battles of the  Lord.’ For Saul said to himself, ‘I will not raise a hand against him. Let the Philistines do that!’

(ESV)
Then Saul said to David, “Here is my elder daughter Merab. I will give her to you for a wife. Only be valiant for me and fight the  Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “Let not my hand be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

1Sam 18:18

(NIV)
But David said to Saul, ‘Who am I, and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?’
(ESV)
And David said to Saul, “Who am I, and who are my relatives, my father’s clan in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?”

1Sam 18:19

(NIV)
So when the time came for Merab, Saul’s daughter, to be given to David, she was given in marriage to Adriel of Meholah.

(ESV)
But at the time when Merab, Saul’s daughter, should have been given to David, she was given to Adriel the Meholathite for a wife.

1Sam 18:20

(NIV)
Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.
(ESV)
Now Saul’s daughter Michal loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

1Sam 18:21

(NIV)
‘I will give her to him,’ he thought, ‘so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.’ So Saul said to David, ‘Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law.’

(ESV)
Saul thought, “Let me give her to him, that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” Therefore Saul said to David a second time “You shall now be my son-in-law.”

1Sam 18:22

(NIV)
Then Saul ordered his attendants: ‘Speak to David privately and say, “Look, the king likes you, and his attendants all love you; now become his son-in-law.”’

(ESV)
And Saul commanded his servants, “Speak to David in private and say, ‘Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you. Now then become the king’s son-in-law.’”

1Sam 18:23

(NIV)
They repeated these words to David. But David said, ‘Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known.’

(ESV)
And Saul’s servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said, “Does it seem to you a little thing to become the king’s son-in-law, since I am a poor man and have no reputation?”
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