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1 Samuel 18 :: Hebrew Names Version (HNV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:1 - It happened, when he had made an end of speaking to Sha'ul, that the soul of Yonatan was knit with the soul of David, and Yonatan loved him as his own soul.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:2 - Sha'ul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:3 - Then Yonatan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:4 - Yonatan stripped himself of the robe that was on him, and gave it to David, and his clothing, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his sash.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:5 - David went out wherever Sha'ul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Sha'ul set him over the men of war, and it was good in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Sha'ul's servants.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:6 - It happened as they came, when David returned from the slaughter of the Pelishti, that the women came out of all the cities of Yisra'el, singing and dancing, to meet king Sha'ul, with timbrels, with joy, and with instruments of music.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:7 - The women sang one to another as they played, and said, Sha'ul has slain his thousands, David his ten thousands.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:8 - Sha'ul was very angry, and this saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:9 - Sha'ul eyed David from that day and forward.

Saul Turns against David

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:10 - It happened on the next day, that an evil spirit from God came mightily on Sha'ul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as he did day by day. Sha'ul had his spear in his hand;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:11 - and Sha'ul cast the spear; for he said, I will strike David even to the wall. David avoided out of his presence twice.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:12 - Sha'ul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Sha'ul.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:13 - Therefore Sha'ul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:14 - David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:15 - When Sha'ul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he stood in awe of him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:16 - But all Yisra'el and Yehudah loved David; for he went out and came in before them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:17 - Sha'ul said to David, Behold, my elder daughter Merav, her will I give you as wife: only be valiant for me, and fight the LORD's battles. For Sha'ul said, Don't let my hand be on him, but let the hand of the Pelishtim be on him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:18 - David said to Sha'ul, Who am I, and what is my life, or my father's family in Yisra'el, that I should be son-in-law to the king?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:19 - But it happened at the time when Merav, Sha'ul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to `Adri'el the Mecholati as wife.

David Marries Saul's Daughter

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:20 - Mikhal, Sha'ul's daughter, loved David: and they told Sha'ul, and the thing pleased him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:21 - Sha'ul said, I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Pelishtim may be against him. Therefore Sha'ul said to David, You shall this day be my son-in-law a second time.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:22 - Sha'ul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you: now therefore be the king's son-in-law.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:23 - Sha'ul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. David said, Seems it to you a light thing to be the king's son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:24 - The servants of Sha'ul told him, saying, On this manner spoke David.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:25 - Sha'ul said, Thus shall you tell David, The king desires no dowry except one hundred foreskins of the Pelishtim, to be avenged of the king's enemies. Now Sha'ul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Pelishtim.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:26 - When his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law. The days were not expired;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:27 - and David arose and went, he and his men, and killed of the Pelishtim two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might be the king's son-in-law. Sha'ul gave him Mikhal his daughter as wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:28 - Sha'ul saw and knew that the LORD was with David; and Mikhal, Sha'ul's daughter, loved him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:29 - Sha'ul was yet the more afraid of David; and Sha'ul was David's enemy continually.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 18:30 - Then the princes of the Pelishtim went forth: and it happened, as often as they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Sha'ul; so that his name was much set by.

The Hebrew Names Version is based off the World English Bible, an update of the American Standard Version of 1901. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.


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