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20:1 David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is my iniquity? and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?
20:2 He said to him, Far from it; you shall not die: behold, my father does nothing either great or small, but that he discloses it to me; and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.
20:3 David swore moreover, and said, Your father knows well that I have found favor in your eyes; and he says, Don`t let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.
20:4 Then said Jonathan to David, Whatever your soul desires, I will even do it for you.
20:6 If your father miss me at all, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Beth-lehem his city; for it is the yearly sacrifice there for all the family.
20:7 If he say thus, It is well; your servant shall have peace: but if he be angry, then know that evil is determined by him.
20:8 Therefore deal kindly with your servant; for you have brought your servant into a covenant of Yahweh with you: but if there be in me iniquity, kill me yourself; for why should you bring me to your father?
20:9 Jonathan said, Far be it from you; for if I should at all know that evil were determined by my father to come on you, then wouldn`t I tell you that?
20:10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me if perchance your father answer you roughly?
20:12 Jonathan said to David, Yahweh, the God of Israel, [be witness]: when I have sounded my father about this time tomorrow, [or] the third day, behold, if there be good toward David, shall I not then send to you, and disclose it to you?
20:13 Yahweh do so to Jonathan, and more also, should it please my father to do you evil, if I don`t disclose it to you, and send you away, that you may go in peace: and Yahweh be with you, as he has been with my father.
20:14 You shall not only while yet I live show me the lovingkindness of Yahweh, that I not die;
20:15 but also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever; no, not when Yahweh has cut off the enemies of David everyone from the surface of the earth.
20:17 Jonathan caused David to swear again, for the love that he had to him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
20:18 Then Jonathan said to him, Tomorrow is the new moon: and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.
20:21 Behold, I will send the boy, [saying], Go, find the arrows. If I tell the boy, Behold, the arrows are on this side of you; take them, and come; for there is peace to you and no hurt, as Yahweh lives.
20:22 But if I say thus to the boy, Behold, the arrows are beyond you; go your way; for Yahweh has sent you away.
20:23 As touching the matter which you and I have spoken of, behold, Yahweh is between you and me forever.
20:26 Nevertheless Saul didn`t say anything that day: for he thought, Something has befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.
20:27 It happened on the next day after the new moon, [which was] the second [day], that David`s place was empty: and Saul said to Jonathan his son, Why doesn`t the son of Jesse come to meat, neither yesterday, nor today?
20:28 Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Beth-lehem:
20:29 and he said, Please let me go, for our family has a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he has commanded me [to be there]: and now, if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away, I pray you, and see my brothers. Therefore he is not come to the king`s table.
20:30 Then Saul`s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, You son of a perverse rebellious woman, don`t I know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother`s nakedness?
20:32 Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said to him, Why should he be put to death? what has he done?
20:33 Saul cast his spear at him to strike him; whereby Jonathan knew that is was determined of his father to put David to death.
20:39 But the boy didn`t know anything: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
20:41 As soon as the boy was gone, David arose out of [a place] toward the South, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.
20:42 Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of Yahweh, saying, Yahweh shall be between me and you, and between my seed and your seed, forever. He arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.