23:16 Then Jonathan son of Saul left and went to David at Horesh. He encouraged him 1 through God. 23:17 He said to him, “Don’t be afraid! For the hand of my father Saul cannot find you. You will rule over Israel, and I will be your second in command. Even my father Saul realizes this.” 23:18 When the two of them had made a covenant before the Lord, David stayed on at Horesh, but Jonathan went to his house.
1 tn Heb “strengthened his hand.”