19 Saul told his son Jonathanm and all the attendants to killn David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hidingo and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speakp to him about you and will tell you what I find out.”
4 Jonathan spokeq well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrongr to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. 5 He took his lifes in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The Lord won a great victoryt for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocentu man like David by killing him for no reason?”
7 So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.v
9 But an evila spiritw from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre,x 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eludedy him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.
11 Saul sent men to David’s house to watchz it and to kill him in the morning.a But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.” 12 So Michal let David down through a window,b and he fled and escaped. 13 Then Michal took an idolc and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats’ hair at the head.
14 When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said,d “He is ill.”
15 Then Saul sent the men back to see David and told them, “Bring him up to me in his bed so that I may kill him.” 16 But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats’ hair.
Michal told him, “He said to me, ‘Let me get away. Why should I kill you?’ ”
18 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramahe and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19 Word came to Saul: “David is in Naioth at Ramah”; 20 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophetsf prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came ong Saul’s men, and they also prophesied.h 21 Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied. 22 Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Seku. And he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?”
“Over in Naioth at Ramah,” they said.
23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesyingi until he came to Naioth. 24 He strippedj off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel’sk presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is why people say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”l
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