As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant(A) with you before the Lord. If I am guilty, then kill(B) me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?”

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16 So Jonathan(A) made a covenant(B) with the house of David, saying, “May the Lord call David’s enemies to account.(C)

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17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath(A) out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

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42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace,(A) for we have sworn friendship(B) with each other in the name of the Lord,(C) saying, ‘The Lord is witness(D) between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.(E)’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 20:42 In Hebrew texts this sentence (20:42b) is numbered 21:1.
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Is that why you have all conspired(A) against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant(B) with the son of Jesse.(C) None of you is concerned(D) about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today.”

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18 The two of them made a covenant(A) before the Lord. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh.

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21 Now swear(A) to me by the Lord that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.(B)

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The king spared Mephibosheth(A) son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath(B) before the Lord between David and Jonathan son of Saul.

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