1 Samuel 20:24-42

VIN(i) 24 So David hid himself in the field, and when the new moon had come, the king sat down to eat. 25 The king sat at his seat as before, the seat by the wall, and Jonathan got up, and Abner sat beside Saul, but David's place was empty. 26 But Saul said nothing on that day, for he thought, "Something happened to him. He is not ceremonially clean; surely he is not clean." 27 But the next day, on the second day of the new moon, David's place was empty, and so Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why didn't Jesse's son come to the feast, either yesterday or today?" 28 Jonathan answered Saul: "David earnestly asked permission of me to go to Bethlehem. 29 He said, 'Please let me go, for our family has a sacrifice in the city. My brother has commanded me to be there. Now, if I have found favour in your eyes, please let me go away and see my brothers'. That is why 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, don't I know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother's nakedness? 31 As long as Jesse's son lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established! Now send someone and bring David to me. He's a dead man!" 32 And Jonathan answered Saul, Why is he to die? What has he done? 33 Then Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. So Jonathan knew that his father had decided to kill David. 34 Jonathan got up from the table enraged, and did not eat on the second day of the new moon because he was upset about David, because his father had disgraced him. 35 In the morning, Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little boy with him. 36 And he said unto the boy, "Run and find out mine arrows which I shoot." And as the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy had come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the boy, Isn't the arrow beyond you? 38 "Do not just stand there! Hurry up! "The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. 39 And the boy knew nothing; only Jonathan and David knew. 40 Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and told him to take them back to town. 41 The boy left, and then David got up from the south side, and he fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the most. 42 Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, because we have both sworn in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, forever.'" He arose and departed; and Jonathan went into the city.