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1 Samuel 17:57--18:1

Context

17:57 So when David returned from striking down the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul. He still had the head of the Philistine in his hand. 17:58 Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” David replied, “I am the son of your servant Jesse in Bethlehem.” 1 

Saul Comes to Fear David

18:1 When David 2  had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan and David became bound together in close friendship. 3  Jonathan loved David as much as he did his own life. 4 

1 map For location see Map5 B1; Map7 E2; Map8 E2; Map10 B4.

2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (David) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “the soul of Jonathan was bound with the soul of David.”

4 tn Heb “like his [own] soul.”

sn On the nature of Jonathan’s love for David, see J. A. Thompson, “The Significance of the Verb Love in the David-Jonathan Narratives in 1 Samuel,” VT 24 (1974): 334-38.



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