1 Samuel 20
1And David went in flight from Naioth in Ramah and came to Jonathan and said, What have I done? What is my crime and my sin against your father that he is attempting to take my life?
2And he said to him, Far be the thought: you will not be put to death: see, my father does nothing, great or small, without giving me word of it: would he keep this secret from me? It is not so.
3But David took his oath again and said, Your father sees that I am dear to you; so he says to himself, Let Jonathan have no idea of this, for it will be a grief to him; but as the Lord is living, and as your soul is living, there is only a step between me and death.
4Then Jonathan said to David, Whatever your desire is, I will do it for you.
5And David said to Jonathan, Tomorrow is the new moon, and I will not be seated with the king at his table: but let me go to a safe place in the country till the evening.
6And if your father takes note of the fact that I am away, say, David made a request to me for himself that he might go to Beth-lehem, to his town: for it is the time when his family make their offering year by year.
7If he says, It is well, your servant will be at peace: but if he is angry, then it will be clear to you that he has an evil purpose in mind against me.
8So, then, be kind to your servant; for you have been united with your servant in an agreement made before the Lord: but if there is any wrongdoing in me, put me to death yourself; why take me to your father?
9And Jonathan said, Do not have such a thought: for if I saw that my father was designing evil against you, would I not give you word of it?
10Then David said to Jonathan, Who will give me word if your father gives you a rough answer?
11And Jonathan said to David, Come, let us go out into the country. And the two of them went out together into the open country.
12And Jonathan said to David, May the Lord, the God of Israel, be witness; when I have had a chance of talking to my father, about this time tomorrow, if his feelings to David are good, will I not send and give you the news?
13May the Lord’s punishment be on Jonathan, if it is my father’s pleasure to do you evil and I do not give you word of it and send you away so that you may go in peace: and may the Lord be with you, as he has been with my father.
14And may you, while I am still living, O may you be kind to me, as the Lord is kind, and keep me from death!
15And let not your mercy ever be cut off from my family, even when the Lord has sent destruction on all David’s haters, cutting them off from the face of the earth.
16And if it comes about that the name of Jonathan is cut off from the family of David, the Lord will make David responsible.
17And Jonathan again took an oath to David, because of his love for him: for David was as dear to him as his very soul.
18Then Jonathan said to him, Tomorrow is the new moon: and it will be seen that you are not present, for there will be no one in your seat.
19And on the third day it will be specially noted, and you will go to the place where you took cover when the other business was in hand, waiting by the hill over there.
20And on the third day I will send arrows from my bow against its side as if at a mark.
21And I will send my boy to have a look for the arrow. And if I say to him, See, the arrow is on this side of you; take it up! then you may come; for there is peace for you and no evil, by the living Lord.
22But if I say to the boy, See, the arrow has gone past you: then go on your way, for the Lord has sent you away.
23As for what you and I were talking of, the Lord is between you and me for ever.
24So David went to a secret place in the country: and when the new moon came, the king took his place at the feast.
25And the king took his seat, as at other times, by the wall: and Jonathan was in front, and Abner was seated by Saul’s side, but there was no one in David’s seat.
26But Saul said nothing that day, for his thought was, Something has taken place making him unclean; it is clear that he is not clean.
27And on the day after the new moon, that is, the second day, there was still no one in David’s seat: and Saul said to his son Jonathan, Why has the son of Jesse not come to the feast yesterday or today?
28And answering Saul, Jonathan said, He made a request to me that he might go to Beth-lehem,
29Saying, Our family is making an offering in the town, and my brothers have given me orders to be there: so now, if I have grace in your eyes, let me go away and see my brothers. This is why he has not come to the king’s table.
30Then Saul was moved to wrath against Jonathan, and he said to him, You son of an evil and uncontrolled woman, have I not seen how you have given your love to the son of Jesse, to your shame and the shame of your mother?
31For while the son of Jesse is living on the earth, your position is unsafe and your kingdom is in danger. So make him come here to me, for it is certainly right for him to be put to death.
32And Jonathan, answering his father Saul, said to him, Why is he to be put to death? What has he done?
33And Saul, pointing his spear at him, made an attempt to give him a wound: from which it was clear to Jonathan that his father’s purpose was to put David to death.
34So Jonathan got up from the table, burning with wrath, and took no part in the feast the second day of the month, being full of grief for David because his father had put shame on him.
35Now in the morning, Jonathan went out into the fields at the time he had said to David, and he had a little boy with him.
36And he said to the boy, Go and get the arrow I let loose from my bow. And while the boy was running, he sent an arrow past him.
37And when the boy came to the place where the arrow was, Jonathan, crying out after the boy, said, Has it not gone past you?
38And Jonathan went on crying out after the boy, Be quick, do not keep waiting about, go quickly. And Jonathan’s boy got the arrow and came back to his master.
39But the boy had no idea what was going on; only Jonathan and David had knowledge of it.
40And Jonathan gave his bow and arrows to the boy, and said to him, Take these and go back to the town.
41And when the boy had gone, David came from his secret place by the hill, and falling to the earth went down on his face three times: and they gave one another a kiss, weeping together, till David’s grief was the greater.
42And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, for we two have taken an oath, in the name of the Lord, saying, The Lord will be between me and you, and between my seed and your seed for ever. Then David went away, and Jonathan went into the town.
To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David. A Song.
1 It is right for you, O God, to have praise in Zion: to you let the offering be made.
2To you, O hearer of prayer, let the words of all flesh come.
3Evils have overcome us: but as for our sins, you will take them away.
4Happy is the man of your selection, to whom you give a resting-place in your house; we will be full of the good things out of your holy place.
5You will give us an answer in righteousness by great acts of power, O God of our salvation; you who are the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of the far-off lands of the sea;
6The God by whose strength the mountains are fixed; who is robed with power:
7Who makes the loud voice of the sea quiet, and puts an end to the sound of its waves.
8Those in the farthest parts of the earth have fear when they see your signs: the outgoings of the morning and evening are glad because of you.
9You have given your blessing to the earth, watering it and making it fertile; the river of God is full of water: and having made it ready, you give men grain.
10You make the ploughed lands full of water; you make smooth the slopes: you make the earth soft with showers, sending your blessing on its growth.
11The year is crowned with the good you give; life-giving rain is dropping from your footsteps,
12Falling on the grass of the waste land: and the little hills are glad on every side.
13The grass-land is thick with flocks; the valleys are full of grain; they give glad cries and songs of joy.
1So I say, Has God put his people on one side? Let there be no such thought. For I am of Israel, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2God has not put away the people of his selection. Or have you no knowledge of what is said about Elijah in the holy Writings? how he says words to God against Israel,
3Lord, they have put your prophets to death, and made waste your altars, and now I am the last, and they are searching for me to take away my life.
4But what answer does God make to him? I have still seven thousand men whose knees have not been bent to Baal.
5In the same way, there are at this present time some who are marked out by the selection of grace.
6But if it is of grace, then it is no longer of works: or grace would not be grace.
7What then? That which Israel was searching for he did not get, but those of the selection got it and the rest were made hard.
8As it was said in the holy Writings, God gave them a spirit of sleep, eyes which might not see, and ears which have no hearing, to this day.
9And David says, Let their table be made a net for taking them, and a stone in their way, and a punishment:
10Let their eyes be made dark so that they may not see, and let their back be bent down at all times.
11So I say, Were their steps made hard in order that they might have a fall? In no way: but by their fall salvation has come to the Gentiles, so that they might be moved to envy.
12Now, if their fall is the wealth of the world, and their loss the wealth of the Gentiles, how much greater will be the glory when they are made full?
13But I say to you, Gentiles, in so far as I am the Apostle of the Gentiles, I make much of my position:
14If in any way those who are of my flesh may be moved to envy, so that some of them may get salvation by me.
15For, if by their putting away, the rest of men have been made friends with God, what will their coming back again be, but life from the dead?
16And if the first-fruit is holy, so is the mass: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, an olive-tree of the fields, were put in among them, and were given a part with them in the root by which the olive-tree is made fertile,
18Do not be uplifted in pride over the branches: because it is not you who are the support of the root, but it is by the root that you are supported.
19You will say, Branches were broken off so that I might be put in.
20Truly, because they had no faith they were broken off, and you have your place by reason of your faith. Do not be lifted up in pride, but have fear;
21For, if God did not have mercy on the natural branches, he will not have mercy on you.
22See then that God is good but his rules are fixed: to those who were put away he was hard, but to you he has been good, on the condition that you keep in his mercy; if not, you will be cut off as they were.
23And they, if they do not go on without faith, will be united to the tree again, because God is able to put them in again.
24For if you were cut out of a field olive-tree, and against the natural use were united to a good olive-tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be united again with the olive-tree which was theirs?