18 Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, athe 1soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, band Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 Saul took him that day, cand would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a dcovenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.
5 So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and 2behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. 6 Now it had happened as they were coming home, when David was returning from the slaughter of the 3Philistine, that ethe women had come out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments. 7 So the women fsang as they danced, and said:
g“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”
8 Then Saul was very angry, and the saying hdispleased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but ithe kingdom?” 9 So Saul 4eyed David from that day forward.
10 And it happened on the next day that jthe distressing spirit from God came upon Saul, kand he prophesied inside the house. So David lplayed music with his hand, as at other times; mbut there was a spear in Saul’s hand. 11 And Saul ncast the spear, for he said, “I will pin David to the wall!” But David escaped his presence twice.
12 Now Saul was oafraid of David, because pthe Lord was with him, but had qdeparted from Saul. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from 5his presence, and made him his captain over a thousand; and rhe went out and came in before the people. 14 And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and sthe Lord was with him. 15 Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him. 16 But tall Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
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