1 And Saul spake
to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should
2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan
told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now
therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning,
and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:
3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field
where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and
what I see, that I will tell thee.
4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and
said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against
David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because
his works have been to theeward very good:
5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine,
and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou
sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against
innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?
6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware,
As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.
7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those
things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his
presence, as in times past.
8 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with
the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they
fled from him.
9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat
in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played
with his hand.
10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the
javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he
smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped
11 Saul also sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him,
and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David's wife told
him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow thou
shalt be slain.
12 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and
fled, and escaped.
13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put
a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster, and covered it with
14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He
15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying,
Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.
16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an
image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.
17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so,
and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered
Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?
18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah,
and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel
went and dwelt in Naioth.
19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth
20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw
the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing
as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers
of Saul, and they also prophesied.
21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and
they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the
third time, and they prophesied also.
22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that
is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David?
And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of
God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until
he came to Naioth in Ramah.
24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before
Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all
that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
1 And David fled
from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What
have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before
thy father, that he seeketh my life?
2 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold,
my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he
will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from
me? it is not so.
3 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth
that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not
Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD
liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between
me and death.
4 Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth,
I will even do it for thee.
5 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new
moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but
let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third
day at even.
6 If thy father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked
leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there
is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.
7 If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace:
but if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined
8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou
hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with thee:
notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself;
for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?
9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly
that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then
would not I tell it thee?
10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if
thy father answer thee roughly?
11 And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into
the field. And they went out both of them into the field.
12 And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD God of Israel, when
I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third
day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then
send not unto thee, and shew it thee;
13 The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please
my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send
thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD be with
thee, as he hath been with my father.
14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness
of the LORD, that I die not:
15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house
for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of
David every one from the face of the earth.
16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying,
Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David's enemies.
17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved
him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
18 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and
thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.
19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go
down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself
when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone
20 And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though
I shot at a mark.
21 And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the
arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows
are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there
is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.
22 But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows
are beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee away.
23 And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of,
behold, the LORD be between thee and me for ever.
24 So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon
was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.
25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon
a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's
side, and David's place was empty.
26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he thought,
Something hath befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not
27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day
of the month, that David's place was empty: and Saul said unto
Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to meat,
neither yesterday, nor to day?
28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of
me to go to Bethlehem:
29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath
a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me
to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes,
let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore
he cometh not unto the king's table.
30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said
unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not
I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion,
and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?
31 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou
shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send
and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.
32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him,
Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?
33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan
knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.
34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did
eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved
for David, because his father had done him shame.
35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out
into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little
lad with him.
36 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which
I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
37 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which
Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is
not the arrow beyond thee?
38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay
not. And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to
39 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew
40 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto
him, Go, carry them to the city.
41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place
toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed
himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one
with another, until David exceeded.
42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we
have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD
be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for
ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the
1 Then came David
to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at
the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone,
and no man with thee?
2 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded
me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing
of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded
thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.
3 Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves
of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.
4 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common
bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young
men have kept themselves at least from women.
5 And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth
women have been kept from us about these three days, since I
came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the
bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified
this day in the vessel.
6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread
there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD,
to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.
7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day,
detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite,
the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.
8 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under
thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword
nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required
9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine,
whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here
wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that,
take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said,
There is none like that; give it me.
10 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and
went to Achish the king of Gath.
11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David
the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him
in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David
his ten thousands?
12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore
afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself
mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate,
and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is
mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow
to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into