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1 Samuel 19:1-7

Saul Repeatedly Attempts to Take David’s Life

19:1 Then Saul told his son Jonathan and all his servants to kill David. But Saul’s son Jonathan liked David very much. 1  19:2 So Jonathan told David, “My father Saul is trying 2  to kill you. So be careful tomorrow morning. Find 3  a hiding place and stay in seclusion. 4  19:3 I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are. I will speak about you to my father. When I find out what the problem is, 5  I will let you know.”

19:4 So Jonathan spoke on David’s behalf 6  to his father Saul. He said to him, “The king should not sin against his servant David, for he has not sinned against you. On the contrary, his actions have been very beneficial 7  for you. 19:5 He risked his life 8  when he struck down the Philistine and the Lord gave all Israel a great victory. When you saw it, you were happy. So why would you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death for no reason?”

19:6 Saul accepted Jonathan’s advice 9  and took an oath, “As surely as the Lord lives, he will not be put to death.” 19:7 Then Jonathan called David and told him all these things. Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he served him as he had done formerly. 10 

1 tn Heb “delighted greatly in David.”

2 tn Heb “seeking.”

3 tn Heb “stay in.”

4 tn Heb “and hide yourself.”

5 tn Heb “when I see.”

6 tn Heb “spoke good with respect to David.”

7 tn Heb “good.”

8 tn Heb “and he put his life into his hand.”

9 tn Heb “and Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan.”

10 tn Heb “and he was before him as before.”

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