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The First Book of Samuel

also called the First Book of the Kings

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Chapter 19

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      Then Saul communed with Jonathas his son, and with all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathas Sauls son had a great favour to David, and told David saying: Saul my father goeth about to slay thee. Now therefore take heed to thyself *betimes and abide in some secret place and hide thyself. And I will go out and stand by my father in the field where thou art, and will commune with my father of thee, and if I can perceive *ought I will tell thee. And Jonathas spake the best of David unto Saul his father and said unto him: let not the king sin against his servant David, for he hath not sinned against thee, and his works are to thee ward very good. For he did put his life in his hand and slew the Philistine, and the Lord gave a great victory to all Israel. And thou sawest it, and thou rejoiced, wherefore then shouldest thou sin against innocent blood, and slay David for nought? And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathas and sware: as truly as the Lord liveth, he shall not die. Then Jonathas called David and showed him all those words, and brought him to Saul. And he was in his presence as in times past.
      And the war began again, and David went out and fought with the Philistines and slew a great slaughter, and put them to flight. And the evil spirit of the Lord was upon Saul as he sat in his house having a *Javelin in his hand, and David played with his hand. And Saul intended to nail David to the wall with the *Javelin: But David rid himself out of Sauls presence and he smote the spear into the wall. But David fled and saved himself that same night. Then Saul sent messengers unto Davids house, to watch him and to slay him in the morning. But Michol his wife told it him saying: If thou save not thyself this night, tomorrow thou art a dead man. And so Michol let David down through a window, and he went and fled and saved himself. And then she took an Image and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow stuffed with goats hair under the head of it, and covered it with a cloth. And when Saul sent messengers to fetch David, she said that he was sick. Then Saul sent the messengers to see David saying: bring him to me, bed and all, that he may be slain. And when the messengers were come in: Behold there lay an Image in the bed, with a pillow of goats hair under the head of it. Then said Saul to Michol: why hast thou mocked me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michol answered Saul: he said unto me, let me go, or else I will kill thee. And so David fled and escaped and went to Samuel to Ramath and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he, and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.
      And it was told Saul saying: Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramath, then Saul sent messengers to fetch David. And when they saw a company of prophets prophesying and Samuel standing fast by them, the spirit of God fell upon the messengers of Saul, and they prophesied too. And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers yet again the third time which prophesied also. Then went he himself to Ramath, and when he came to a great well that is in Socoh, he asked and said: where are Samuel and David? And they said: see they be at Naioth in Ramath and as he went thither to Naioth in Ramath the spirit of God came upon him also and he went prophesying, until he came to Naioth in Ramath. And he stripped off his clothes and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and fell naked all that day and all that night, wherefore it is a common saying, is Saul also among the prophets?

*betimes (quickly, soon) *ought (anything)      *J capital as recorded *Javelin : throwing spear

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