The Covenant of Peace – 1st Samuel 18

1 Samuel 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of  speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with  the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  

1 Samuel 18:2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go  no more home to his father’s house. 

1 Samuel 18:3 Then Jonathan  and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his  own soul. 

1 Samuel 18:4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe  that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments,  even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.  

1 Samuel 18:5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him,  and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the  men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the  people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. 

1 Samuel 18:6 And  it came to pass as they came, when David was returned  from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came  out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king  Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.  

1 Samuel 18:7 And the women answered one another as they  played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David  his ten thousands. 

1 Samuel 18:8 And Saul was very wroth, and the  saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto  David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but  thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?  

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1 Samuel 18:9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.  

1 Samuel 18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil  spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the  midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at  other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.  

1 Samuel 18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite  David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of  his presence twice.  

1 Samuel 18:12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the  LORD was with him, and was 
departed from Saul. 

1 Samuel 18:13  Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his  captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in  before the people. 

1 Samuel 18:14 And David behaved himself  wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.  

1 Samuel 18:15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself  very wisely, he was afraid of him. 

1 Samuel 18:16 But all Israel and  Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before  them.  

1 Samuel 18:17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder  daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou  valiant for me, and fight the LORD’S battles. For Saul said,  Let not mine 
hand be upon him, but let the hand of the  Philistines be upon him. 

1 Samuel 18:18 And David said unto 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? 

1 Samuel 18:19  But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter  should have been given to David, that she was given unto  Adriel the Meholathite to wife. 

1 Samuel 18:20 And Michal Saul’s  daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing  pleased him. 

1 Samuel 18:21 And Saul said, I will give him her,  that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the  Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to  David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of  the twain.   

1 Samuel 18:22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying,  Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king  hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now  therefore be the king’s son in law. 

1 Samuel 18:23 And Saul’s  servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David  said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in  law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?  

1 Samuel 18:24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this  manner spake David. 

1 Samuel 18:25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye  say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an  hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the  king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the  hand of the Philistines. 

1 Samuel 18:26 And when his servants told  David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s  son in law: and the days were not expired. 

1 Samuel 18:27  Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew  of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their  foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he  might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal  his daughter to wife.  

1 Samuel 18:28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was  with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him.  

1 Samuel 18:29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and  Saul became David’s enemy continually. 

1 Samuel 18:30 Then the  princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass,  after they went forth, that David behaved himself more  wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was  much set by.  KJV

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