1 Fleeing from the huts at Ramah, David went and confronted Jonathan, 'What have I done, what is my guilt, how have I wronged your father, for him to want to take my life?'
1John 3:21 1Sam 12:3 1Sam 19:19-24 1Sam 23:26-28 1Sam 24:9 1Sam 24:11 1Sam 24:17
2 He replied, 'You must not think that! You are not going to die. My father, you see, does nothing, important or unimportant, without confiding in me, so why should my father hide this from me? It is not true.'
1Sam 9:15 1Sam 14:45 1Sam 20:12 Gen 44:7 Isa 50:5 John 15:15 John 17:8
3 In reply, David swore, 'Your father knows very well that I enjoy your favour, and thinks, "Jonathan must not know about this or he will be upset." But, as Yahweh lives and as you yourself live, there is only a step between me and death.'
1Sam 25:26 1Sam 27:1 2Kgs 2:6 Deut 6:13 1Sam 1:26 2Kgs 2:2 2Kgs 2:4
4 At which, Jonathan said to David, 'Whatever you think best, I will certainly do for you.'
5 David replied, 'Look, tomorrow is New Moon and I ought to sit at table with the king, but you must let me go and hide in the countryside until the evening.
1Sam 19:2 Num 10:10 Num 28:11 1Sam 20:6 1Sam 20:19 2Kgs 4:23 Acts 17:14
6 If your father notices my absence, you must say, "David insistently asked me for permission to hurry over to Bethlehem, his home town, because they are holding the annual sacrifice there for the whole clan."
1Sam 9:12 1Sam 17:58 1Sam 16:2-5 Deut 12:5 John 7:42
7 If he says, "Very well," your servant is safe, but if he flies into a rage, you may be sure that he has some evil plan.
1Sam 25:17 Esth 7:7 1Sam 20:9 2Sam 17:4 Deut 1:23
8 Show your servant faithful love, since you have bound your servant to you by a pact in Yahweh's name. But if I am guilty, then kill me yourself -- why take me to your father?'
1Sam 18:3 2Sam 14:32 1Sam 23:18 1Sam 20:16 1Chr 12:17 Acts 25:11 Gen 24:49
9 Jonathan replied, 'Perish the thought! If I knew for sure that my father was determined to do you a mischief, would I not have told you?'
1Sam 19:2 1Sam 20:38 1Sam 20:42
10 David then said to Jonathan, 'Who will let me know if your father gives you a harsh answer?'
1Kgs 12:13 1Sam 20:30-34 1Sam 25:10 1Sam 25:14 1Sam 25:17 Gen 42:7 Gen 42:30
11 Jonathan then said to David, 'Come on, let us go out into the country,' and the pair of them went out into the country.
12 Jonathan then said to David, 'By Yahweh, God of Israel! I shall sound my father this time tomorrow; if all is well for David and I do not then send and inform you,
Job 31:4 Josh 22:22 Ps 17:3 Ps 139:1-4 Prov 20:5 Prov 25:2-3
13 may Yahweh bring unnameable ills to Jonathan and worse ones too! If my father intends to do you a mischief, I shall tell you so and let you get away, so that you can be safe. And may Yahweh be with you as he used to be with my father!
1Chr 22:11 1Chr 22:16 1Sam 17:37 Josh 1:5 Ruth 1:17 1Sam 3:17 1Kgs 19:2
14 If I am still alive, show your servant faithful love; if I die,
2Sam 9:3 Eph 5:1-2
15 never withdraw your faithful love from my family. When Yahweh has exterminated every enemy of David's from the face of the earth,
2Sam 21:7 1Sam 24:21 2Sam 9:1-7
16 do not let Jonathan's name be exterminated with Saul's family, or may Yahweh call David to account!'
1Sam 25:22 1Sam 18:3 1Sam 31:2 2Sam 4:7-8 2Sam 21:8 Gen 15:18
17 Jonathan then renewed his oath to David, since he loved him like his very soul.
1Sam 18:1 1Sam 18:3 2Sam 1:26 Deut 13:6 Prov 18:24
18 Jonathan then said to David, 'Tomorrow is New Moon; your absence will be noticed, since your place will be empty.
1Sam 20:5 1Sam 20:25
19 The day after tomorrow your absence will be very marked, and you must go to the place where you hid on the day of the deed, and stay beside that mound.
1Sam 19:2 1Sam 20:5
20 For my part, the day after tomorrow I shall shoot three arrows in that direction, as though at a target.
21 I shall then send a servant to go and find the arrows. If I say to him, "The arrows are this side of you, get them," come out, since all will be well for you and nothing the matter, as sure as Yahweh lives.
Amos 8:14 Jer 4:2 Jer 5:2 Jer 12:16
22 But if I say to him, "The arrows are ahead of you," then be off, for Yahweh himself will be sending you away.
23 And as regards the agreement we made, you and I, why, Yahweh is witness between us for ever.'
1Sam 20:14-15 1Sam 20:42 Gen 31:50 Gen 16:5
24 So David hid in the country; New Moon came and the king sat down to his meal.
Isa 1:11-15 John 18:28 Ps 50:16-21 Prov 4:17 Prov 15:17 Prov 17:1 Prov 21:3
25 He sat in his usual place with his back to the wall, Jonathan sat facing him and Abner sat next to Saul; but David's place was empty.
1Sam 20:18 Judg 16:20
26 Saul said nothing that day, thinking, 'It is sheer chance; he is unclean.'
Lev 15:5 Lev 11:24 Lev 11:27 1Sam 16:5 Lev 7:20-21 Lev 11:31 Lev 11:40
27 On the day after New Moon, the second day, David's place was still empty.
1Pet 2:4 1Sam 18:11 1Sam 19:9-10 1Sam 19:15 1Sam 22:7-9 1Sam 22:13-14 1Sam 25:10
28 Saul said to his son Jonathan, 'Why did not the son of Jesse come to the meal either yesterday or today?'
29 Jonathan answered Saul, 'David insistently asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem. "Please let me go," he said, "for we are holding the clan sacrifice in the town and my brothers have ordered me to attend. So now, if I enjoy your favour, let me get away and see my brothers." That is why he has not come to the king's table.'
30 Saul flew into a rage with Jonathan and said, 'Son of a rebellious slut! Don't I know that you side with the son of Jesse to your own shame and your mother's dishonour?
Prov 21:24 Jas 1:19-20 Eph 4:31 Eph 6:4 Job 5:2 Matt 5:22 Prov 14:29
31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on earth, neither you nor your royal rights are secure. Now have him fetched and brought to me; he deserves to die.'
1Sam 19:6 1Sam 19:11-15 1Sam 20:8 1Sam 26:16 2Sam 19:28 Ps 79:11
32 Jonathan retorted to his father Saul, 'Why should he die? What has he done?'
1Sam 19:5 Matt 27:23 Luke 23:22 1Sam 18:11 1Sam 19:10-11 1Sam 20:7 Eccl 7:9
33 But Saul brandished his spear at him to strike him, and Jonathan realised that his father was determined that David should die.
1Sam 18:11 1Sam 20:7 1Sam 19:10
34 Hot with anger, Jonathan got up from the table and ate nothing on the second day of the month, being upset about David -- and because his father had insulted him.
Eccl 7:20 Eph 4:26 Mark 3:5
35 Next morning, Jonathan went out into the country at the time agreed with David, taking a young servant with him.
1Sam 20:19 2Sam 20:5
36 He said to his servant, 'Run and find the arrows which I am going to shoot,' and the servant ran while Jonathan shot an arrow ahead of him.
37 When the servant reached the spot to which Jonathan had shot the arrow, Jonathan shouted after him, 'Is not the arrow ahead of you?'
38 Again Jonathan shouted after the servant, 'Quick! Hurry, do not stand around.' Jonathan's servant picked up the arrow and brought it back to his master.
Luke 17:31-32 Mark 13:14-16 Matt 24:16-18 Ps 55:6-9 Prov 6:4-5
39 The servant suspected nothing; only Jonathan and David knew what was meant.
40 Jonathan then gave his weapons to his servant and said, 'Go and carry them to the town.'
41 As soon as the servant had gone, David stood up beside the mound, threw himself to the ground, prostrating himself three times. They then embraced each other, both weeping copiously.
1Sam 18:3 1Sam 10:1 1Sam 25:23 2Sam 1:26 2Sam 9:6 2Sam 19:39 Acts 20:37
42 Jonathan then said to David, 'Go in peace. And as regards the oath that both of us have sworn by the name of Yahweh, may Yahweh be witness between you and me, between your descendants and mine for ever.'
1Sam 1:17 1Sam 20:15 1Sam 20:22-23 1Sam 23:18 Acts 16:36 Luke 7:50 Num 6:26