1 Samuel 18
1 Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul
of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
2 And Saul took him that day, and would not let him return to his father's house.
3 And Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
4 And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his garments,
even to his sword and his bow and his belt.
5 And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him
over the men of war, and he was pleasing in the eyes of all the people and also in the eyes
of Saul's servants.
6 And it happened as they were coming, as David was returning from killing the
Philistine, that the women came out from all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to
meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with instruments of the triad.
7 And the women responded as they played, and said: Saul has slain his thousands, and
David his ten thousands.
8 And Saul was very furious, and the saying made his eyes quiver; and he said, They have
ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what
more can he have but the kingdom?
9 So Saul eyed David from that day forward.
10 And it happened on the next day that the evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he
prophesied inside the house. So David played music with his hand, as at other times; and
there was a spear in Saul's hand.
11 And Saul threw the spear, for he thought, I will strike David to the wall! But David
turned away from his presence twice.
12 And Saul was afraid of David, because Jehovah was with him, but had departed from
13 Therefore Saul removed him from being with him, and made him his commander over
a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
14 And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and Jehovah was with him.
15 Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.
16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
17 And Saul said to David, Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a
wife. Only be valiant for me, and fight the battles of Jehovah. For Saul thought, Let my
hand not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.
18 And David said to Saul, Who am I, and what is my life or my father's family in Israel,
that I should be son-in-law to the king?
19 But it happened at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to
David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.
20 Now Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing was
agreeable in his eyes.
21 And Saul said, I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand
of the Philistines may be against him. Therefore Saul said to David a second time, You
shall be my son-in-law today.
22 And Saul commanded his servants, Speak with David secretly, and say, Behold, the
king has delighted in you, and all his servants love you. Now therefore, become the king's
23 And Saul's servants spoke those words in David's ears. And David said, Is it a slight
thing in your eyes to be a king's son-in-law, seeing as how I am a poor man and lightly
24 And the servants of Saul reported to him, saying, In this manner David has spoken.
25 And Saul said, Thus you shall say to David: The king does not desire any dowry but
one hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the king's enemies. But
Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
26 And when his servants told David these words, the thing was agreeable in David's
eyes, to become the king's son-in-law. And the day had not ended;
27 therefore David rose up and went out, he and his men, and killed two hundred men of
the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full count to the
king, that he might become the king's son-in-law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter
as a wife.
28 Thus Saul saw and knew that Jehovah was with David, and that Michal, Saul's
daughter, loved him;
29 and Saul was still more afraid of David. So Saul was David's enemy continually.
30 And the commanders of the Philistines went out to war. And so it was, whenever they
went out, that David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that his name
became highly esteemed.