1 Samuel 20
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1 Samuel 20
David and Jonathan...
And Dawid fled from Nawith in Ramah, and went and said to Yehonathan, `What have I done? What is my crookedness, and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?`
And Yehonathan said to him, 'Far be it! You are not going to die! See, my father does no big matter nor small matter without disclosing it to me. And why should my father hide this matter from me? It is not so!'
But Dawid swore again, and said, 'Your father knows well that I have found favour in your eyes, and he says, 'Do not let Yehonathan know this, lest he be grieved.' But truly, as YHWH lives and as your being lives, there is but a step between me and death.'
And Yehonathan said to Dawid, 'Whatever your desire is, I do it for you.'
And Dawid said to Yehonathan, `See, tomorrow is the New Moon, and I ought to sit with the sovereign to eat. But let me go, and I shall hide in the field until the third day at evening.
'If your father misses me at all, then you shall say, 'Dawid earnestly asked my permission to run over to Beyth Lehem, his city, for a yearly slaughtering is made there for all the clan.'
'If he says thus, 'It is well,' your servant is safe. But if he is very displeased, then know that he has resolved to do evil.
'And you shall show kindness to your servant, for you have brought your servant into a covenant of YHWH with you. And if there is crookedness in me, put me to death yourself, for why should you bring me to your father?'
And Yehonathan said, 'Far be it from you! For if I knew with certainty that my father has resolved that evil is to come upon you, then would I not make it known to you?'
And Dawid said to Yehonathan, 'Who would make it known to me, or what if your father answers you sharply?'
And Yehonathan said to Dawid, 'Come, and let us go out into the field.' And they both went out into the field.
And Yehonathan said to Dawid, ' YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el be witness! When I search out my father sometime tomorrow, or the third day, and see if there is good toward Dawid, and I do not send to you or disclose it to you,
so let YHWH do so and much more to Yehonathan. And if it pleases my father to do you evil, then I shall disclose it to you and send you away, and you shall go in peace. And YHWH be with you as He has been with my father.
'But show me the kindness of YHWH, not only while I still live, so that I do not die,
and do not cut off your kindness from my house forever, no, not when YHWH has cut off every one of the enemies of Dawid from the face of the earth.'
And Yehonathan made a covenant with the house of Dawid, saying, ' YHWH shall require it at the hand of the enemies of Dawid.'
And Yehonathan again made Dawid swear, because he loved him, for he loved him as he loved his own being.
So Yehonathan said to him, `Tomorrow is the New Moon, and you shall be missed, because your seat shall be empty.
'And on the third day, go down quickly and you shall come to the place where you hid on the day of the deed, and shall remain by the stone Etsel.
'And let me shoot three arrows to the side of it as though shooting at a target,
and see, I shall send the youth, saying, 'Go, find the arrows.' If I expressly say to the youth, 'Look, the arrows are on this side of you, get them and come,' then, as YHWH lives, there is safety for you and no concern.
'But if I say thus to the youth, 'Look, the arrows are beyond you,' go your way, for YHWH has sent you away.
'And as for the word which you and I have spoken of, see, YHWH is between you and me forever.'
And Dawid hid in the field. And when the New Moon came, the sovereign sat down by the food to eat.
And the sovereign sat on his seat, as at other times, on a seat by the wall, with Yehonathan standing, and Abner sitting by Sha'ul's side, but the place of Dawid was empty.
But Sha'ul spoke not a word that day, for he thought, 'It is an accident; he is not clean, for he has not been cleansed.'
And it came to be the next day, the second day of the month, that Dawid's place was empty. And Sha'ul said to Yehonathan his son, 'Why has the son of Yishai not come to eat, either yesterday or today?'
And Yehonathan answered Sha'ul, 'Dawid earnestly asked my permission to go to Beyth Lehem.
'And he said, 'Please let me go, for our clan has a slaughtering in the city, and my brother has commanded me to be there. And now, if I have found favour in your eyes, please let me get away and see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the sovereign's table.'
Then the displeasure of Sha'ul burned against Yehonathan, and he said to him, 'You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Yishai to your own shame and to the shame of your mother's nakedness?
'For as long as the son of Yishai lives on the earth, you shall not be established, you and your reign. And now, send and bring him to me, for he is a son of death.'
And Yehonathan answered Sha'ul his father, and said to him, 'Why should he be put to death? What has he done?'
At that, Sha'ul hurled a spear at him to smite him. Then Yehonathan knew that his father had resolved to put Dawid to death.
And Yehonathan rose up from the table in the heat of displeasure, and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for Dawid, because his father put him to shame.
And it came to be, in the morning, that Yehonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with Dawid, and a small youth was with him.
And he said to the youth, 'Now run, find the arrows which I shoot.' As the youth ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
And when the youth came to the place where the arrow was which Yehonathan had shot, Yehonathan called out after the youth and said, 'Is not the arrow beyond you?'
And Yehonathan shouted after the youth, 'Make haste, hurry, do not stand still!' And Yehonathan's youth picked up the arrows and came to his master.
But the youth knew not a speck. Only Yehonathan and Dawid knew of the matter.
Then Yehonathan gave his weapons to the youth and said to him, 'Go, take them to the city.'
And as soon as the youth had gone, Dawid rose up from the south side, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times. And they kissed one another. And they wept together, but Dawid more so.
And Yehonathan said to Dawid, 'Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the Name of YHWH, saying, ' YHWH is between you and me, and between your seed and my seed, forever.'' Then he arose and left, and Yehonathan went into the city.
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