A Covenant between Friends

International Sunday School August 4, 2019 Summer #10

1 Samuel 18:1-5  As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  (2)  And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house.  (3)  Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.  (4)  And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.  (5)  And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

1 Samuel 19:1-9  And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David.  (2)  And Jonathan told David, “Saul my father seeks to kill you. Therefore be on your guard in the morning. Stay in a secret place and hide yourself.  (3)  And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak to my father about you. And if I learn anything I will tell you.”  (4)  And Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have brought good to you.  (5)  For he took his life in his hand and he struck down the Philistine, and the LORD worked a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by killing David without cause?”  (6)  And Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan. Saul swore, “As the LORD lives, he shall not be put to death.”  (7)  And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan reported to him all these things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before.  (8)  And there was war again. And David went out and fought with the Philistines and struck them with a great blow, so that they fled before him.  (9)  Then a harmful spirit from the LORD came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing the lyre.

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