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haved himself more wisely, then wilt thou sin against than all the servants of Saul, innocent blood, to slay David so that his name was much without a caule ?

6 And Saul hearkened

unto the voice of Jonathan : CHAP. XIX.

and Saul sware, As the Lord ND Saul spake to Jo- liveth, he shall not be slain. nathan his

7 And Jonathan called all his fervants, that they David, and Jonathan shewed should kill David.

him all those things : and 2 But Jonathan Saul's fon Jonathan brought David to delighted much in David : Saul, and he was in his preand Jonathan told David, fence as in times past. saying, Saul my father seek 8 q And there was war eth to kill thee: now there again : and David went out, fore, I pray thee, take heed and fought with the Phito thyself until the morning, listines, and flew them with and abide in a secret place, a great slaughter; and they and hide thyself :

Aed from him, 3 And I will go out and 9 And the evil spirit from stand beside my father in the the Lord was upon Saul, as field where thou art, and I he fat in his house with his will commune with my fa- javelin in his hand : and ther of thee; and what I fee, David played with his hand. that I will tell thee.

10 And Saul fought to 4. And Jonathan spake smite David even to the wall good of David unto Saul his with thejavelin; but he slipped father, and said unto him, away out of Saul's presence, Let not the king fin against and he smote the javelin into his fervant, against David: the wall: and David Aed, because he hath not finned and escaped that night. against thee, and because his II Saul also sent messens works have been to thee- gers unto David's house, to. ward very good.

watch him, and to slay him 5 For he did put his life in the morning : and Michal in his hand, and sew the David's wife told him, sayPhilistine, and the Lord ing, If thou favę not thy life wrought a great falvation to-night, to-morrow thou for all Ifrael : thou sawest it, shalt be slain. and didît rejoice : wherefore 12 I So Michal let David

down

down through a window : when they saw the company and he went, and Aed, and of the prophets prophesying, escaped.

and Samuel standing as apa 13 And Michal took an pointed over them, the Spirit image, and laid it in the of God was upon the mesbed, and put a pillow of sengers of Saul, and they goats hair for his bolster, also prophesied. and covered it with a cloth. 21 And when it was told

14 And when Saul sent Saul, he sent other messenmellengers to take David, gers, and they prophesied the said, He is fick,

likewise : and Saul fent mel15 And Saul sent the messengers again the third time, sengers again to see David, and they prophesied also. saying, Bring him up to me 22 Then went he also to in the bed, that I may flay Ramah, and came to a great him.

well that is in Sechu: and 16 And when the messen- he asked and said, Where gers were come in, behold, are Samnuel and David ? there was an image in the And one faid, Behold, they bed, with a pillow of goats be at Naioth in Ramah. hair for his bolster.

23 And he went thither 17 And Saul said unto to Naioth in Ramah : and Michal, Why haft thou the Spirit of God was upon deceived me so, and sent him also, and he went on away mine enemy, that he and prophesied, until he came is escaped ? and Michal an- to Naioth in Ramah. fwered Saul, He said unto 24. And he stripped off me, Let me go; why should his clothes also, and propheI kill thee?

lied before Samuel in like 18 g So David Aed, and manner, and lay down naked escaped, and came to Samuel all that day and all that to Ramah, and told him all night. Wherefore they say, that Saul had done to him: Is Saul also among the pro. and he and Samuel went and phets ? dwelt in Naioth.

CHAP. XX. 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at ND David Aed from Naioth in Ramah.

Naioth in Ramah, and 20 And Saul sent mer- came and said before Jonasengers to take David : and than, What have I done?

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what is mine iniquity ? and 7 If he say thus, It is what is my fin before thy well; thy servant shall have father, that he seeketh my peace : but if he be very life?

wroth then be sure that evil 2 And he faid unto him, is determined by him. God forbid; thou shalt not 8 Therefore thou shalt die: behold, my father will deal kindly with thy fervant; do nothing, either great or for thou hast brought thy small, but that he will shew servant into a covenant of it me: and why should my the Lord with thee: notfather hide this thing from withstanding, if there be in me? it is not so?

me iniquity, slay me thyself; 3 And David sware more for why shouldest thou bring over, and said, Thy father me to thy father? certainly knoweth 'that I

9 And Jonathan said, Far have found grace in thine be it from thee: for if I eyes; and he faith, Let not knew certainly, that evil Jonathan know this, lest he were determined by my fabe grieved: but truly as the ther to come upon thee, Lord liveth, and as thy soul then would not I tell it thee? liveth, there is but a step 10 Then faid David to between me and death. Jonathan, Who shall tell

4 Then faid Jonathan un- me? or what if thy father to David, Whatsoever thy answer thee roughly? foul defireth, I will even do 11 And Jonathan faid it for thee.

unto David, Come, and let 5 And David faid unto us go out into the field. Jonathan, Behold, to-mor- And they went out both of row is the new-moon, and them into the field. I should not fail to fit with 12 And Jonathan faid unthe king at meat: but let to David, O Lord God of that I

may

hide my- Israel, when I have founded felf in the field unto the my father, about to-morrow third day at even. ,

any time, or the third day, 6 If thy father at all miss and behold, if there be good me, then fay, David earnest- toward David, and I then ly asked leave of me, that he send not unto thee, and shew might run to Beth-lehem his it thee; city: for there is a yearly fa 13 The Lord do so and crifice there for all the fa- much to Jonathan: mily.

but if it please my father to

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do thee evil, then I will arrows on the side thereof, Thew it thee, and send thee as though I shot at a mark. away, that thou mayest go 21. And behold, I will in peace: and the Lord be send a lad, saying, Go, find with thee, as he hath been out the arrows.

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pressly say unto the lad, Be. 14 And thou shalt not hold, the arrows are on this only, while yet I live, Thew side of thee, take them; then me the kindness of the Lord, come thou; for there is that I die not:

peace to thee, and no hurt; 15 But also thou shalt not as the Lord liveth, cut off thy kindness from 22 But if I say thus unto my house for ever: no not the young man, Behold, the when the Lord hath cut off arrows are beyond thee; go the enemies of David, every thy way: for the Lord hath one from the face of the sent thee away. earth.

23 And as touching the So Jonathan made a matter which thou and I covenant with the house of have spoken of, behold, the David, saying, Let the Lord Lord be between thee and even require it at the hand me for ever. of David's enemies.

24 9 So David hid him17 And Jonathan caused self in the field : and when David to swear again, be- the new-moon was come, cause he loved him: for he the king fat him down to eat loved him as he loved his meat. own soul.

25 And the king fat upon 18 Then Jonathan said to his seat, as at other times, David, To-morrow is the even upon a seat by the wall: new-moon: and thou shalt and Jonathan arose, and Abbe missed, because thy feat ner fat by Saul's side, and

David's place was empty. 19 And when thou hast 26 Nevertheless, Saulspake stayed three days, then thou not any thing that day: for shalt

go down quickly, and he thought, Some thing hath come to the place where befallen him, he is not clean; thou didst hide thyself, when surely he is not clean. the business was in hand, 27 And it came to pass and shalt remain by the stone on the morrow, which was Ezel.

the second day of the month, 20 And I will shoot threel that David's place was emp

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will be empty.

ty: and Saul said unto Jo 33 And Saul cast a jave. nathan his son, Wherefore lin at him to smite him: cometh not the son of Jeite whereby Jonathan knew that to meat, neither yesterday it was determined of his fanor to-day?

ther to slay David. 28 And Jonathan answer 34 So Jonathan arose ed Saul, David earnestly from the table in fierce anasked leave of me, to go to ger, and did eat no meat the Beth-lehem:

fecond day of the month: 29 And he said, Let me for he was grieved for Dago,

1 pray thee, for our fa- vid, because his father had mily hath a facrifice in the done him shame. city, and my brother, he 35 And it came to pass hath commanded me to be in the morning, that Jonathere; and now if I have than went out into the field, found favour in thine eyes, at the time appointed with let me get away, I pray David, and a little lad with thee, and fee my brethren: him. Therefore he cometh not 36 And he said unto his unto the king's table. lad, Run, find out now the 30 Then Saul's anger was

arrows which I shoot. And kindled against Jonathan, and as the lad ran, he thot an he said unto him, Thou son arrow beyond him. of the perverse rebellious 37 And when the lad was woman, do not I know that come to the place of the arthou hast chosen the son of row which Jonathan had Jesse to thine own confu- shot, Jonathan cried after fion, and unto the confusion the lad, and said, Is not the of thy mother's nakedness? arrow beyond thee?

31 For as long as the son 38 And Jonathan cried of Jesse liveth upon the after the lad, Make speed, ground, thou shalt not be hafte, stay not. And Jonaestablished, nor thy king-than's lad gathered up the dom: wherefore now send arrows, and came to his and fetch him unto me, for master, he shall surely die,

39 But the lad knew not 32 And Jonathan answer- any thing: only Jonathair ed Saul his father, and said and David knew the matter, unto him, Wherefore shall 40 And Jonathan gave his ke beslain? what hath he done? artillery unto his lad, and

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