1 Samuel 19
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1 Samuel 19
Saul Tries to Kill David...
And Sha`ul spoke to Yonathan his son and to all his servants, to put Dawid to death. But Yehonathan, Sha`ul`s son, delighted much in Dawid,
and Yehonathan declared to Dawid, saying, 'My father Sha'ul seeks to put you to death. And now, please be on your guard until morning, and dwell in secrecy, and hide.
'And I myself shall go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and speak with my father about you, and shall see, and shall let you know.'
And Yehonathan spoke well of Dawid to Sha'ul his father, and said to him, 'Let not the sovereign sin against his servant, against Dawid, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.
'For he took his life in his hands and smote the Philistine, and YHWH wrought a great deliverance for all Yisra'el. You saw it and rejoiced. Why then do you sin against innocent blood, to put Dawid to death without cause?'
And Sha'ul listened to the voice of Yehonathan, and Sha'ul swore, 'As YHWH lives, he does not die.'
Yehonathan then called Dawid, and Yehonathan told him all these words. So Yehonathan brought Dawid to Sha'ul, and he was in his presence as before.
And there was fighting again, and Dawid went out and fought with the Philistines, and smote them, a great smiting, and they fled before him.
And an evil spirit from YHWH came upon Sha'ul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And Dawid was playing the lyre with his hand,
and Sha'ul sought to smite the spear through Dawid, and into the wall, but he slipped away from the presence of Sha'ul, so he smote the spear into the wall. And Dawid fled and escaped that night.
And Sha'ul sent messengers to Dawid's house to watch him and to put him to death in the morning. And Mikal, Dawid's wife, informed him, saying, 'If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you are put to death.'
So Mikal let Dawid down through a window, and he went and fled and escaped.
And Mikal took the household idol and laid it in the bed, and put a cover of goats' hair for his head, and covered it with a garment.
And when Sha'ul sent messengers to take Dawid, she said, 'He is sick.'
And Sha'ul sent the messengers back to see Dawid, saying, 'Bring him up to me in the bed to put him to death.'
And the messengers came in and saw the household idol in the bed, with a cover of goats' hair for his head.
Sha'ul then said to Mikal, 'Why have you deceived me like this, and sent my enemy away, so that he escaped?' And Mikal answered Sha'ul, 'He said to me, 'Let me go, why should I put you to death?''
Now Dawid fled and escaped, and went to Shemu'el at Ramah, and told him all that Sha'ul had done to him. And he and Shemu'el went and dwelt in Nawith.
And it was reported to Sha'ul, saying, 'See, Dawid is in Nawith in Ramah!'
And Sha'ul sent messengers to take Dawid. And they saw the assembly of the prophets prophesying, and Shemu'el standing as leader over them, and the Spirit of Elohim came upon the messengers of Sha'ul, and they also prophesied.
And when Sha'ul was told, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. So Sha'ul sent messengers again, the third time, and they prophesied also.
Then he himself went to Ramah, and came to the great well that is at Seku. And he asked, and said, 'Where are Shemu'el and Dawid?' And one said, 'There in Nawith in Ramah.'
So he went there to Nawith in Ramah. And the Spirit of Elohim was upon him too, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Nawith in Ramah.
And he also stripped off his garments and prophesied before Shemu'el, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, 'Is Sha'ul also among the prophets?'
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