1And it came to pass when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David and David loved him as his own soul.
2And Saul took him in that day, and did not suffer him to return to his father's house.
3And Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul.
4And Jonathan stripped himself of his upper garment, and gave it to David, and his mantle and all he had upon him, even to his sword and to his bow, and to his girdle.
5And David went out withersoever Saul sent him, and acted wisely, and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was pleasing in the eyes of all the people, and also in the eyes of the servants of Saul.
6And there came out women in dances to meet David out of all the cities of Israel, with timbrels, and with rejoicing, and with cymbals.
7And the women began the strain, and said, Saul has struck his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
8And it seemed evil in the eyes of Saul concerning this matter, and he said, To David they have given ten thousands, and to me they have given thousands. And what more can he have but the kingdom?
9And Saul eyed David from that day and onward.
10And it came to pass on the morrow that an evil spirit from God fell upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of his house. And David was playing on the harp with his hand, according to his daily custom. And Saul’s spear was in his hand.
11And Saul took his spear and said, I will strike David even to the wall. But David escaped twice from his presence.
12And Saul was alarmed on account of David.
13And he removed him from him, and made him a captain of a thousand for himself; and he went out and came in before the people.
14And David was prudent in all his ways, and the Lord was with him.
15And Saul saw that he was very wise, and he was afraid of him.
16And all Israel and Juda loved David, because he came in and went out before the people.
17And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merob, I will give her to you to Wife, only be you to me a mighty man and ﬁght the wars of the Lord. And Saul said, Let not my hand be upon him, but the hand of the Philistines shall be upon him.
18And David said to Saul, Who am I, and What is the life of my father’s family in Israel, that I should be the king’s son—in-law?
19But it came to pass at the time when Merob Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given to Israel the Mothulathite to wife.
20And Melchol the daughter of Saul loved David; and it was told Saul, and the thing was pleasing in his eyes.
21And Saul said, I will give her to him, and she shall be a stumbling block to him. Now the hand of the Philistines was against Saul.
22And Saul charged his servants, saying, Speak you° privately to David, saying, Behold, the king delights in you, and all his servants love you, and do you becomes the king's son-in-law.
23And the servants of Saul spoke these words in the ears of David; and David said, Is it a light thing in your eyes to become son-in-law to the king? Whereas I am an humble man, an not honorable?
24And the servants of Saul reported to him according to these words, which David spoke.
25And Saul said, Thus shall you° speak to David, The king wants no gift but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to avenge himself on the kings enemies. Now Saul thought to cast him into the hands of the Philistines.
26And the servants of Saul report these words to David, and David was well pleased to become the son-in-law to the king.
27And David arose, and went, he and his men, and struck among the Philistines a hundred men: and he brought their foreskins, and he becomes the king's son-in-law, and Saul gives him Melchol his daughter to wife.
28And Saul saw that the Lord was with David, and that all Israel loved him.
29And he was yet more afraid of David.
30And the chief of the Philistines went forth; and it came to pass that from the suficiency of their expedition David acted Wisely above all the servants of Saul; and his name was honored exceedingly.