1 Samuel 20:24-42

MLV(i) 24 So David hid himself in the field. And when the new moon came, the king sat down to eat food. 25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon the seat by the wall and Jonathan stood up and Abner sat by Saul's side, but David's place was empty. 26 Nevertheless Saul spoke nothing that day, for he thought, Something has befallen him. He is not clean. Surely he is not clean. 27 And it happened on the morrow after the new moon, which was the second day, that David's place was empty. And Saul said to Jonathan his son, Why has the son of Jesse not come in to the food, neither yesterday, nor today? 28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem. 29 And he said, I beseech you, let me go because our family has a sacrifice in the city and my brother, he has commanded me. And now, if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away, I beseech you and see my brothers. Therefore he has not come to the king's table.
30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan and he said to him, You son of a perverse rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother's nakedness? 31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon the ground, you will not be established, nor your kingdom. Therefore now send and fetch him to me, for he will surely die.
32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him, Why should he be put to death? What has he done? 33 And Saul cast his spear at him to kill* him. By this Jonathan knew that it was determined by his father to put David to death.
34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David because his father had done him shame.
35 And it happened in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David and a little lad with him. 36 And he said to his lad, Run, now find the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad and said, Is not the arrow beyond you?
38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows and came to his master. 39 But the lad knew nothing. Only Jonathan and David knew the matter. 40 And Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad and said to him, Go, carry them to the city.
41 And as soon as the lad had gone, David arose out of a place toward the South and fell on his face to the ground and bowed himself three times. And they kissed each other and wept one with another until David surpassed him. 42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, inasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of Jehovah, saying, Jehovah will be between me and you and between my seed and your seed, until everlasting. And he arose and departed and Jonathan went into the city.