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2 He said to him, “Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small 1without disclosing it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!”
3 Yet David avowed again, 1saying, “Your father knows well that I have found favor in your sight, and he has said, ‘Do not let Jonathan know this, or he will be grieved.’ But truly bas the Lord lives and as your soul lives, there is 2hardly a step between me and death.”
4 Then Jonathan said to David, “Whatever 1you say, I will do for you.”
8 “Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for ayou have brought your servant into a covenant of the Lord with you. But bif there is iniquity in me, put me to death yourself; for why then should you bring me to your father?”
10 Then David said to Jonathan, “Who will tell me 1if your father answers you harshly?”
12 Then Jonathan said to David, “The Lord, the God of Israel, be witness! When I have sounded out my father about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if there is good feeling toward David, shall I not then send to you and 1make it known to you?
13 “If it please my father to do you harm, amay the Lord do so to Jonathan and more also, if I do not 1make it known to you and send you away, that you may go in safety. And bmay the Lord be with you as He has been with my father.
15 “aYou shall not cut off your lovingkindness from my house forever, not even when the Lord cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.”
16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “aMay the Lord require it at the hands of David’s enemies.”
17 Jonathan made David vow again because of his love for him, because ahe loved him as he loved his own life.
18 Then Jonathan said to him, “aTomorrow is the new moon, and you will be missed because your seat will be empty.
21 “And behold, I will send the lad, saying, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I specifically say to the lad, ‘Behold, the arrows are on this side of you, get them,’ then come; for there is safety for you and 1no harm, as the Lord lives.
25 The king sat on his seat as usual, the seat by the wall; then Jonathan rose up and Abner sat down by Saul’s side, but aDavid’s place was empty.
26 Nevertheless Saul did not speak anything that day, for he thought, “It is an accident, ahe is not clean, surely he is not clean.”
27 It came about the next day, the second day of the new moon, that David’s place was empty; so Saul said to Jonathan his son, “Why has the son of Jesse not come to the meal, either yesterday or today?”
28 Jonathan then answered Saul, “aDavid earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem,
29 for he said, ‘Please 1let me go, since our family has a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to attend. And now, if I have found favor in your sight, please let me get away that I may see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table.”
30 Then Saul’s anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness?
32 But Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him, “aWhy should he be put to death? What has he done?”
37 When the lad reached the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the lad and said, “aIs not the arrow beyond you?”
42 Jonathan said to David, “aGo in safety, inasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘bThe Lord will be between me and you, and between my 1descendants and your 1descendants forever.’ ” 2Then he rose and departed, while Jonathan went into the city.
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