1After David finished talking with Saul, he met Saul's son, Jonathan. Jonathan immediately liked David; in fact, he began to love/like him as much as he loved/liked himself.
2From that day, Saul kept David with him, and did not let him return home.
3Because Jonathan loved David so much, he made a solemn agreement with David. They promised each other that they would always be loyal friends.
4Jonathan took off his own outer robe and gave it to David. He also gave David his soldier's tunic, his sword, his bow and arrows, and his belt.
5David went wherever Saul sent him. And whatever Saul told him to do, David did it very successfully. As a result, Saul appointed David to be a commander in the army. All the officers and other men in the army ◄approved of/were very pleased with► that.
6But, when the men in the army were returning home after David had killed Goliath, the women came out from many HYP towns in Israel to meet/greet King Saul. They were singing and dancing very joyfully, playing tambourines and lyres.
7As they danced, they sang this song to each other: “Saul has killed a thousand enemy soldiers, But David has killed ten thousand of them.”
8When Saul heard them singing that, he did not like it. He became very angry. He said to himself, “They are saying that David killed ten thousand men, but that I have killed only one thousand. Soon they will want to make him their king!” RHQ
9From that time, Saul watched David very closely because he was suspicious that David would try to become king.
10The next day, an evil spirit sent by God suddenly took control of Saul. He began to act like a madman, inside his house. David was playing the lyre for him, as he did every day. Saul was holding a spear in his hand,
11and he hurled it at David, saying to himself, “I will fasten David to the wall with the spear!” He did that two times, but David jumped aside both times.
12Because it became evident that Yahweh had abandoned Saul but that he was helping David, Saul was afraid of David.
13So he appointed David as a commander of a thousand soldiers and sent David away from him, hoping that David would be killed in a battle. But when David led his soldiers in their battles,
14he always had great success, because Yahweh was helping him.
15When Saul heard that David and his soldiers were very successful, he became more afraid of David.
16But all the people of Israel and of Judah loved David, because he led the soldiers very successfully in the battles.
17One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my oldest daughter, Merab, to be your wife. I will do that if you serve me bravely by fighting battles for Yahweh against the Philistines”. He said that because he thought, “I will not try to get rid of David by myself. I will allow the Philistines to do that.”
18But David said to Saul, “I am not RHQ a very important person, and my family is not very important, and my clan is not a very important Israeli clan. So I do not deserve to become your son-in-law.” RHQ
19So, when it was time for Merab to be given to David to become his wife, instead, Saul gave her to a man named Adriel, from Meholah town.
20But Saul's other daughter, Michal, fell in love with David. When they told Saul about that, he was pleased.
21He thought, “I will let Michal marry him, in order that she may trap him, and the Philistines will be able to kill him.” So he said to David, “You can marry Michal,” and by saying that, he indicated for the second time that David would become his son-in-law.
22Saul told his servants, “Talk to David privately, and say to him, ‘Listen, the king is pleased with you, and all of us his servants love you. So now we think that you should marry Michal and become the king's son-in-law.’ ”
23So they told that to David. But David said, “It would be a great honor RHQ to become the king's son-in-law. But I do not think that I should do that, because I am only a poor and insignificant man.”
24When the servants told Saul what David had said,
25Saul replied, “Go and say to David, ‘ In order for the king to allow you to marry Michal, he wants you to kill a hundred Philistines and cut off their foreskins and bring the foreskins to him to prove that you have killed them. In that way he will get revenge on his enemies.’ ” But what Saul wanted was that the Philistines would kill David while David was trying to kill them.
26When the servants told that to David, he was very pleased that he could become the king's son-in-law by doing that. The king had said how many days he would allow for David to do that. But before that time ended,
27David and his men went and killed, not a hundred, but, two hundred Philistines! He brought their foreskins to Saul, and counted them while Saul was watching, in order to prove that he had done what the king required so that he could become Saul's son-in-law. So then Saul was obligated to allow David to marry his daughter Michal.
28But when Saul realized that Yahweh was helping David, and that his daughter loved David,
29he became more afraid of David. So, as long as Saul lived, he was David's enemy.
30The Philistine armies repeatedly came to fight the Israelis, but every time they fought, David and his soldiers were more successful than any of Saul's other army commanders. As a result, David became very famous.