1 Samuel 18



1 And it was, that he completed speaking unto Saul, and the soul of Jonathan was tied into the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

2 And Saul took him on that day, and would not grant him to return to his father’s house.

3 And Jonathan and David cut a covenant, for his love for him as his own soul.

4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the mantle that was on him, and gave it to David, and his robe, and even·​·to his sword, and even·​·to his bow, and even·​·to his girdle.

5 And David went·​·out; wherever Saul sent him, he acted·​·intelligently; and Saul put him over the men of war, and he was·​·good in the eyes of all the people, and also in the eyes of Saul’s servants.

6 And it was, as they came, when David was returned from smiting the Philistines, that the women came·​·out of all the cities of Israel with singing and with dances to meet Saul the king, with timbrels, with gladness, and with trichords.

7 And the women who played answered and said, Saul has smitten his thousands, and David his myriads.

8 And Saul was· very ·incensed, and this word was·​·evil in his eyes; and he said, They have given to David myriads, and to me they have given thousands; and what more will he have but the kingdom?

9 And Saul eyed David from that day and beyond.

10 And it was, on the morrow, that a spirit of God, an evil one, came·​·mightily on Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house; and David was strumming with his hand, as he did from day to day; and a spear was in Saul’s hand.

11 And Saul threw the spear; and he said, I will smite it into David and into the wall; and David turned·​·around from his face* two·​·times.

12 And Saul feared David, because Jehovah was with him, and was removed from Saul.

13 And Saul removed him from himself, and set him commander of a thousand; and he went·​·out and came·​·in before the people.

14 And David acted·​·intelligently in all his ways; and Jehovah was with him.

15 And Saul saw that he acted· very ·intelligently, and he was·​·afraid of him.

16 And all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went·​·out and came·​·in before them.

17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter, Merab, her will I give thee for a wife; only be a son of valor for me, and fight the battles of Jehovah. And Saul said, Let not my hand be on him, but let the hand of the Philistines be on him.

18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I, and what is my life and the family of my father in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?

19 And it was, at the time when Merab the daughter of Saul should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel, the Meholathite, to wife.

20 And Michal the daughter of Saul loved David, and they told Saul and the thing was·​·upright in his eyes.

21 And Saul said, I will give her to him, and she shall be for a snare to him, and the hand of the Philistines shall be on him. And Saul said to David, By the second daughter thou shalt be·​·a·​·son-in-law to me today.

22 And Saul commanded his servants, Speak unto David secretly, saying, Behold, the king has delight in thee, and all his servants love thee; and now, be·​·a·​·son-in-law to the king.

23 And the servants of Saul spoke these words in the ears of David. And David said, Is· it a ·light thing in your eyes to be·​·a·​·son-in-law to the king? and I a man of poverty and reviled?

24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, According to these words spoke David.

25 And Saul said, Thus shall you say to David, The king has no delight in a dowry, but in a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged on the enemies of the king. And Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

26 And his servants told David these words, and the word was·​·upright in the eyes of David to be·​·a·​·son-in-law to the king; and the days were not fulfilled.

27 And David arose and went, he and his men, and he smote among the Philistines two·​·hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave· them ·in·​·full to the king, for him to be·​·a·​·son-in-law to the king. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.

28 And Saul saw, and knew that Jehovah was with David, and Michal the daughter of Saul loved him.

29 And Saul yet the more feared David, and Saul was David’s enemy all the days.

30 And the commanders of the Philistines went·​·out; and it was, when they went·​·out, that David had· more ·intelligence than all the servants of Saul; and his name was· very ·precious.


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.