Illustration Showing SAUL AND DAVID, from The Bible (Old Testament) - drawing by Gustave Dore - 031th.jpg (32K)

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking untoSaul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David,and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him thatday, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved himas his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe thatwas upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to hissword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

And David went out withersoever Saul sent him, and behavedhimself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he wasaccepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight ofSaul's servants.

And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned fromthe slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of allcities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, withtabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music. And the womenanswered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slainhis thousands, and David his ten thousands.

And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and hesaid, "They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to methey have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more butthe kingdom?" And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit fromGod came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house:and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there wasa javelin in Saul's hand. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said,I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoidedout of his presence twice.—1 Samuel xviii, I-II.

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