1 Samuel 20 ©
David consulteth with Jonathan how to provide for his safety. The friendly league between them confirmed by oath. They agree upon a token. David absenting himself from the king's table is excused by Jonathan; Saul being enraged seeketh to kill Jonathan. Jonathan informeth David of his danger by the token agreed on. The two friends take a loving leave of each other.
And David dsware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that eI have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: fbut truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is gbut a step between me and death.
If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but if he be very *wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him.
Therefore thou mshalt deal kindly with thy servant; for nthou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with thee: notwithstanding, oif there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?
And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee?
Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father answer thee roughly?
¶And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into the field. And they went out both of them into the field.
The qLORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the rLORD be with thee, as he hath been with my father.
And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:
Then Jonathan said to David, vTo morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be 9empty.
And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down 10quickly, and come to the place where thou didst whide thyself 11when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone 12Ezel.
And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark.
And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there is peace to thee, and 13no hurt; as the LORD liveth.
But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee away.
And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he cometh not unto the king's table.
Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, 14Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?
For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he 15shall surely die.
So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no *meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.
¶And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field gat the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.
And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow 16beyond him.
And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow hbeyond thee?
And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.
But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
And Jonathan gave his 17*artillery unto 18his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.
And Jonathan said to David, Go kin peace, 19*forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. lAnd he arose and departed: and mJonathan went into the city.