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1 Samuel 18:17

17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter tMerab, uher will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight wthe Lord’s battles. For Saul said, xLet not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

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1 Samuel 18:17 — The New International Version (NIV)

17 Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you in marriage; only serve me bravely and fight the battles of the Lord.” For Saul said to himself, “I will not raise a hand against him. Let the Philistines do that!”

1 Samuel 18:17 — English Standard Version (ESV)

17 Then Saul said to David, “Here is my elder daughter Merab. I will give her to you for a wife. Only be valiant for me and fight the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “Let not my hand be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

1 Samuel 18:17 — New Living Translation (NLT)

17 One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my older daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be a real warrior by fighting the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “I’ll send him out against the Philistines and let them kill him rather than doing it myself.”

1 Samuel 18:17 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife. Only be valiant for me, and fight the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “Let my hand not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

1 Samuel 18:17 — New Century Version (NCV)

17 Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I will let you marry her. All I ask is that you remain brave and fight the Lord’s battles.” Saul thought, “I won’t have to kill David. The Philistines will do that.”

1 Samuel 18:17 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

17 And Saul said to David, Behold, my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight Jehovah’s battles. For Saul said, Let not my hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

1 Samuel 18:17 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

17 And Saul said to David, Behold my eldest daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife; only be thou valiant for me, and fight Jehovah’s battles. But Saul thought, My hand shall not be upon him, but the hand of the Philistines shall be upon him.

1 Samuel 18:17 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

17 Finally, Saul said to David, “Here is my oldest daughter Merab. I will give her to you as your wife if you prove yourself to be a warrior for me and fight the Lord’s battles.” (Saul thought, “I must not lay a hand on him. Let the Philistines do that.”)

1 Samuel 18:17 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 Saul told David, “Here is my oldest daughter Merab. I’ll give her to you as a wife, if you will be a warrior for me and fight the Lord’s battles.” But Saul was thinking, “My hand doesn’t need to be against him; let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

1 Samuel 18:17 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 Then Saul said to David, “Here is my elder daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife; only be valiant for me and fight the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “I will not raise a hand against him; let the Philistines deal with him.”

1 Samuel 18:17 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

17 Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you as your wife. Only be a brave warrior for me and fight the battles of Yahweh.” For Saul thought, “My hand will not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

1 Samuel 18:17 — New International Reader’s Version, 1998 ed. (NIrV) (NIrV)

17 Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I’ll give her to you to be your wife. Just serve me bravely and fight the Lord’s battles.”

Saul said to himself, “I won’t have to lift my hand to strike him down. The Philistines will do that!”

1 Samuel 18:17 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

17 Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife, only be a valiant man for me and fight the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “My hand shall not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”