20:3 Taking an oath, David again 1 said, “Your father is very much aware of the fact 2 that I have found favor with you, and he has thought, 3 ‘Don’t let Jonathan know about this, or he will be upset.’ But as surely as the Lord lives and you live, there is about one step between me and death!”
1 Samuel 20:16-17Context
20:16 and called David’s enemies to account.” So Jonathan made a covenant 4 with the house of David. 5 20:17 Jonathan once again took an oath with David, because he loved him. In fact Jonathan loved him as much as he did his own life. 6
1 tc The LXX and the Syriac Peshitta lack the word “again.”
2 tn The infinitive absolute appears before the finite verb for emphasis.
4 tn Heb “cut.” The object of the verb (“covenant”) must be supplied.
5 tn The word order is different in the Hebrew text, which reads “and Jonathan cut with the house of David, and the
6 tn Heb “for [with] the love of his [own] life he loved him.”