1 Samuel 18

VIN(i) 1 When David finished speaking with Saul, Jonathan became a close friend to David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. 2 Saul took David that day and did not let him return to his father's house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 Jonathan stripped himself of the robe he was wearing and gave it to David with his tunic and even his sword, his bow and his belt. 5 So David did everything Saul sent him to do successfully. Saul made him a commander in his army. This pleased the people and Saul's servants. 6 Now when David returned, after he slew the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with timbrels of joy, and cornets. 7 And the women began this song, and said, Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8 Saul was very angry; this song displeased him and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands and to me they have ascribed only thousands. What more can he have but the kingdom? 9 From then on Saul kept his eye on David. 10 The next day an evil spirit from God came mightily on Saul, and he prophesied in his house. David played his harp, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand 11 Then Saul hurled the spear and thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but left Saul. 13 So Saul sent him away. He put him in command of a thousand men. David led his men in battle. 14 And David had great success in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. 15 And Saul saw that he was very wise, and he was afraid of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David because he led them in battle. 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 the LORD." For Saul thought, "My hand will not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him." 18 David said to Saul, "Who am I and what is my life or my father's family in Israel that I should be the king's son-in-law?" 19 And when the time came to give Saul's daughter Merab to David, she was given as a wife to Adriel of Meholah. 20 And Saul's daughter Michal was in love with David: and Saul had word of it and was pleased. 21 Saul said, I will give her to him so that she can be a snare to him, and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Therefore Saul said to David, You shall this day have a second opportunity to be my son-in-law. 22 Saul commanded his servants, Speak to David secretly and say, 'Look, the king is pleased with you, and all his servants love you; now therefore be the king's son-in-law'. 23 Saul's servants told David this. David said, Does it seem to you a light thing to be the king's son-in-law, since I am a poor man, and little known? 24 The servants of Saul told him what David said. 25 Saul said, Tell David, 'The king desires no dowry except one hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged on the king's enemies'. Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. 26 When his servants told David this, he was pleased to be the king's son-in-law. Before the allotted time 27 David arose and went with his men and killed two hundred of the Philistine men, and David brought their foreskins, and gave them in full number to the king so that he might be the king's son-in-law. Saul gave him Michal his daughter as his wife. 28 When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and his own daughter Michal loved him, 29 And Saul was still more afraid of David. And Saul was an enemy to David continually. 30 The Philistine commanders would go out to fight and whenever they did, David was more successful than any of Saul's other leaders. His name was held in high esteem.