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The First Book of Samuel

also called the First Book of the Kings

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Chapter 18

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      And when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, the soul of Jonathas was knit with the soul of David. Insomuch that he loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would let him go no more home to his fathers house. And Jonathas and David bound themselves the one to the other, for Jonathas loved him as his own soul. And Jonathas put off his own coat that was upon him, and gave it David, and thereto his mantle, his sword, his bow and his girdle. And David went out to all that Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely. And when Saul had set him over his men of war, he pleased all the people, and Sauls servants thereto.
      And it happened as they went, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that women came out of all cities of Israel singing and dancing, against Saul, with timbrels, with joy, and with fiddles. And the women that played sang thereto, and said: Saul hath slain his thousand, and David his ten thousand. Then was Saul exceeding wroth and that saying displeased him, and he said: they have ascribed unto David ten thousand, and to me but a thousand. And what can he more have save the kingdom? Wherefore Saul looked on side of David from that day forward. And it happened on the morrow, that the evil spirit sent of God came upon Saul, so that he prophesied in the midst of the house. And David played on the instrument with his hand as he was daily *wont. And Saul had a spear in his hand, and hurled it intending to have nailed David to the wall. But David avoided out of his presence two times. For Saul was afeared of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul. And then Saul put David from him and made him a captain over a thousand, and he went out and in before the people. And David was wise in all that he took in hand, and the Lord was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he was so exceeding wise, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Juda loved David, because he went out and in before them. Then said Saul to David. Behold my eldest daughter Merob, her I will give thee to wife: Only play the man and fight the Lords battles. For Saul thought mine hand shall not be upon him, but the hand of the Philistines. And David answered Saul: what am I? and what is my life or the kindred of my father in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king: How be it when the time was come that Merob Sauls daughter should have been given to David she was given unto Adziel a Neholothite, to wife. How be it Michol Sauls daughter loved David. And when it was showed Saul: the thing pleased him well. And he said: I will give him her that she may be a snare to him, to bring the hand of the Philistines upon him. And Saul said to David: thou shalt this day be my son in law again. And Saul commanded his servants to commune with David secretly and say: Behold the King hath a favour to thee, and all his servants love thee, be therefore the kings son in law.
      And Sauls servants spake those words in the ears of David. But David answered: seemeth it to you a light thing to be the kings son in law, when I am a poor man and of small reputation? And Sauls servants told him again saying: of this manner answered David. Then said Saul: this wise say to David: the king careth for no other dowry but for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the kings enemies. For Saul thought to make David fall into the hands of the Philistines. Then his servants told David these words, and it pleased David well to be the kings son in law. And shortly after that David arose with his men, and went, and slew of the Philistines, two hundred men, and brought their foreskins, and satisfied the King thereof to be his son in law. And so Saul gave him Michol his daughter to wife. And when Saul saw and understood, how that the Lord was with David, and that Michol his daughter loved him, he was the more afraid of David, and became Davids enemy for ever. And when the Philistines went out to war, David behaved himself wiser than all the servants of Saul: so that his name was much set by.

*wont (daily done or on a regular basis)

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