1 Samuel 18 ©
Jonathan loveth David. David's wise conduct ingratiateth him with the people, and with Saul's servants. The women's song in honour of his victory exciteth Saul's envy; who in his fury seeketh to kill him. Saul feareth David for his wisdom and good success. He promiseth him his eldest daughter by way of a snare, but giveth her to another. He promiseth him Michal his younger daughter. Saul setteth his servants to persuade David to be the king's son in law upon condition of bringing a hundred foreskins of the Philistines; David bringeth two hundred, and hath Michal given him to wife. Saul's hatred increaseth, and David's glory.
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go cno more home to his father's house.
¶And it came to pass on the *morrow, that the evil mspirit from God came upon Saul, and nhe prophesied in the midst of the house: and David oplayed with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.
Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
But wall Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
¶And xSaul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, yher will I give thee to wife: only be thou 6valiant for me, and fight the zLORD's battles. For Saul said, aLet not mine hand be upon him, bbut let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.
And the servants of Saul told him, saying, 8On this manner spake David.
And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son in law: and lthe days were not 9expired.
Wherefore David arose and went, he and mhis men, nand 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 oMichal his daughter to wife.
¶And Saul saw and knew that pthe LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's daughter loved him.