1 Samuel 18
Jonathan's Feelings for David
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was
knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his
father's house. ||
(18:1-4) Were David and Jonathan gay?|
"The soul of Jonathan was knit with the
soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul ... And Jonathan stripped
himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments
... and his girdle."
Strange Flesh: David and Jonathan
Then Jonathan and David
made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
And Jonathan stripped
himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his
garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself
wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the
sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants. ||
(18:5) "David ... behaved himself wisely."|
Like when he buys his first wife with 200 Philistine foreskins a little later in this chapter.
And it came to pass as
they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine,
that the women came out of
all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets,
with joy, and with instruments of musick.||
"Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands."
David and Saul have a contest to see who can
kill the most people for God, and the women act as cheerleaders saying,
"Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
And the women answered
one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They
have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but
thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?||
(18:9) "And Saul eyed David from that day and forward."|
When did Saul become David's enemy?
(18:10) "The evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied."
And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and
he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand,
as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.
And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the
wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.||
(18:12) "Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was
departed from Saul."|
Saul was afraid of David because "the Lord was with him." I suppose the Lord even tagged along with David when he cut off the 200
Philistine foreskins in v.27. Did God hold the penises as David cut them off or vice-versa.
Saul tries to kill David
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was
departed from Saul.
Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a
thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with
Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid
But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
(18:14) "And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with
Read the story below (18:25-28) to see an example of David's wise behavior when God is with him.
(18:16) "All Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before
And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give
thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD's battles. For
Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the
Philistines be upon him.
And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father's
family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?
But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter should have
been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.||
And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing
David Mutilates 200, Gets Married
And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and
that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to
David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.
And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and
say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee:
now therefore be the king's son in law.||
And Saul's servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David
said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king's son in law, seeing that
I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?||
(18:25-27) David buys a wife with 200 Philistine foreskins.
David kills 200 Philistines and brings
their foreskins to Saul to buy his first wife (Saul's daughter Michal). Saul had
only asked for 100 foreskins, but David was feeling generous.
How many Philistine foreskins did David buy his first wife with?
God's 68th Killing
(18:25) "And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines."
(18:26) "When his servants told David these words, it pleased David well."
(18:27) "David arose and went ... and 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 Michal his daughter to wife."
And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.
And Saul said, Thus
shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred
foreskins of the Philistines, to
be avenged of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the
hand of the Philistines.
And when his servants
told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's
son in law: and the days were not expired.
Wherefore David arose
and went, he and his men, and 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 Michal his daughter to wife.
And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's
daughter loved him.||
"And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David."
(How else could David get so many foreskins?)
(18:29) "Saul became David's enemy
When did Saul become David's enemy?
(18:30) "David behaved ... wisely."
And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy
Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after
they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the
servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.