1 Samuel 18
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1 Samuel 18
Saul`s Jealousy of David...
And it came to be, when he had ended speaking to Sha`ul, that the being of Yehonathan was knit to the being of Dawid, and Yehonathan loved him as his own being.
And Sha'ul took him that day, and would not let him return to his father's house any more.
And Yehonathan and Dawid made a covenant, because he loved him as his own being.
And Yehonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to Dawid, and his garments, even to his sword and his bow and his girdle.
And Dawid went out wherever Sha'ul sent him. He acted wisely, and Sha'ul set him over the men of battle, and it was right in the eyes of all the people and also in the eyes of Sha'ul's servants.
And it came to be, as they came in, as Dawid was returning from smiting the Philistine, that the women came out from all the cities of Yisra'el, singing and dancing, to meet Sha'ul the sovereign with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments.
And the women sang as they danced, and said, 'Sha'ul smote his thousands, and Dawid his ten thousands.'
And Sha'ul was very wroth, and this matter was evil in his eyes, and he said, 'To Dawid they have given ten thousands, and to me they have given thousands. So what more for him, except the reign?'
And from that day on Sha'ul eyed Dawid.
And it came to be on the next day that an evil spirit from Elohim came upon Sha'ul, and he prophesied inside the house, while Dawid was playing the lyre with his hand, as usual. And the spear was in the hand of Sha'ul.
Then Sha'ul hurled the spear, for he said, 'Let me smite Dawid, even to the wall.' But twice Dawid withdrew from his presence.
And Sha'ul was afraid of Dawid, because YHWH was with him, but from Sha'ul He had turned away.
Sha'ul therefore removed him from his presence, and made him his commander over a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people.
And Dawid was acting wisely in all his ways, and YHWH was with him.
And Sha'ul saw that he was acting very wisely, and was afraid of him.
But all Yisra'el and Yehudah loved Dawid, as he went out and came in before them.
And Sha'ul said to Dawid, 'See my older daughter Merab! I give her to you as a wife. Only be brave for me, and fight the battles of YHWH.' For Sha'ul thought, 'Let not my hand be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.'
And Dawid said to Sha'ul, 'Who am I, and what is my life or my father's clan in Yisra'el, that I should be son-in-law to the sovereign?'
And it came to be at the time when Merab, Sha'ul's daughter, should have been given to Dawid, that she was given to Adri'el the Meholathite as a wife.
And Mikal, Sha'ul's daughter, loved Dawid. And they told Sha'ul, and the matter was right in his eyes.
And Sha'ul said, 'Let me give her to him and let her be a snare to him, and the hand of the Philistines be against him.' So Sha'ul said to Dawid a second time, 'Become my son-in-law today.'
And Sha'ul commanded his servants, 'Speak to Dawid gently, and say, 'See, the sovereign has delighted in you, and all his servants have loved you. And now, be the sovereign's son-in-law!''
And the servants of Sha'ul spoke those words in the hearing of Dawid. And Dawid said, 'Does it seem to you a small matter to be a sovereign's son-in-law, seeing I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?'
And the servants of Sha'ul told him, saying, 'Dawid has spoken according to these words.'
And Sha'ul said, 'Say to Dawid, 'The sovereign has no delight in any payment for the bride but one hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the sovereign's enemies.'' But Sha'ul intended to have Dawid fall by the hand of the Philistines.
And his servants declared these words to Dawid, and it pleased Dawid well to become the sovereign's son-in-law. And the days had not expired,
and Dawid arose and went, he and his men, and smote two hundred men of the Philistines. And Dawid brought their foreskins, and they set them before the sovereign, to become the sovereign's son-in-law. And Sha'ul gave him Mikal his daughter as a wife.
And Sha'ul saw and knew that YHWH was with Dawid, and Mikal daughter of Sha'ul did love him.
So then Sha'ul was still more afraid of Dawid. And Sha'ul came to be an enemy of Dawid all the days.
And the princes of the Philistines went out to fight. And it came to be, whenever they went out, that Dawid acted more wisely than all the servants of Sha'ul, so that his name came to be very precious.
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