God Forbid – 1st Samuel 20

1 Samuel 20:1 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came  and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine  iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he  seeketh my life? 

1 Samuel 20:2 And he said unto him, God forbid;  thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either  great or small, but that he will shew it me: and why should  my father hide this thing from me? it is not so. 

1 Samuel 20:3  And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly  knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith,  Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as  the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a  step between me and death. 

1 Samuel 20:4 Then said Jonathan unto  David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for  thee. 

1 Samuel 20:5 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to  morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with  the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the  field unto the third day at even. 

1 Samuel 20:6 If thy father at all  miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that  he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly  sacrifice there for all the family. 

1 Samuel 20:7 If he say thus, It is  well; thy servant shall have peace: but if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him. 

1 Samuel 20:8  Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou  hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with  thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me  thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?   

1 Samuel 20:9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew  certainly that evil were determined by my father to come  upon thee, then would not I tell it thee? 

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1 Samuel 20:10 Then said  David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father  answer thee roughly?  

1 Samuel 20:11 And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us  go out into the field. And they went out both of them into  the field. 

1 Samuel 20:12 And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD  God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about to  morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there  be good toward David, and I then send not unto thee, and  shew it thee; 

1 Samuel 20:13 The LORD do so and much more to  Jonathan: but if it please my father to do thee evil, then I  will shew it thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go  in peace: and the LORD be with thee, as he hath been with  my father. 

1 Samuel 20:14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live  shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not: 

1 Samuel 20:15  But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house  for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies  of David every one from the face of the earth. 

1 Samuel 20:16 So  Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David,  saying, Let the LORD 
even require it at the hand of  David’s enemies. 

1 Samuel 20:17 And Jonathan caused David to  swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he  loved his own soul. 

1 Samuel 20:18 Then Jonathan said to David,  To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed,  because thy seat will be empty. 

1 Samuel 20:19 And when thou  hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly,  and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when  the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone  Ezel. 

1 Samuel 20:20 And I will shoot three arrows on the side  thereof, as though I shot at a mark. 

1 Samuel 20:21 And, behold, I  will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I  expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this  side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there is peace  to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth. 

1 Samuel 20:22 But if I  say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are  beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee  away. 

1 Samuel 20:23 And as touching the matter which thou and  I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between thee and  me for ever.  

1 Samuel 20:24 So David hid himself in the field: and when the  new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.  

1 Samuel 20:25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times,  even upon a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and  Abner sat by Saul’s side, and David’s place was empty.  

1 Samuel 20:26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for  he thought, Something hath befallen him, he is not clean;  surely he is not clean. 

1 Samuel 20:27 And it came to pass on the  morrow, which was the second day of the month, that  David’s place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan his  son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, neither  yesterday, nor to day? 

1 Samuel 20:28 And Jonathan answered  Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to  Bethlehem: 

1 Samuel 20:29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for  our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he  hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found  favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see  my brethren. Therefore he cometh not unto the king’s table.  

1 Samuel 20:30 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan,  and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious  woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of  Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy  mother’s nakedness? 

1 Samuel 20:31 For as long as the son of Jesse  liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor  thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me,  for he shall surely die. 

1 Samuel 20:32 And Jonathan answered  Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be  slain? what hath he done? 

1 Samuel 20:33 And Saul cast a javelin  at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was  determined of his father to slay David. 

1 Samuel 20:34 So Jonathan  arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the  second day of the month: for he was grieved for David,  because his father had done him shame.   

1 Samuel 20:35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan  went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and  a little lad with him. 

1 Samuel 20:36 And he said unto his lad, Run,  find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran,  he shot an arrow beyond him. 

1 Samuel 20:37 And when the lad  was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had  shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the  arrow beyond thee? 

1 Samuel 20:38 And Jonathan cried after the  lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan’s lad  gathered up the arrows, and came to his master. 

1 Samuel 20:39  But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David  knew the matter. 

1 Samuel 20:40 And Jonathan gave his artillery  unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.  

1 Samuel 20:41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose  out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the  ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one  another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.  

1 Samuel 20:42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace,  forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the  LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and  between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and  departed: and Jonathan went into the city.  KJV

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