19:1 And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son, and to all his
servants, that they should kill David.
19:2 But Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted much in David: and
Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill
thee: now, therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until
the morning, and abide in a secret [place], and hide thyself:
19:3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field
where thou [art], and I will commune with my father of thee;
and what I see, that I will tell thee.
19:4 And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and
said to him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against
David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his
works [have been] toward thee very good:
19:5 For he put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine,
and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou
sawest [it], and didst rejoice: Why then wilt thou sin against
innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?
19:6 And Saul hearkened to the voice of Jonathan: and Saul
swore, [As] the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.
19:7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan showed him all
those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in
his presence, as in times past.
19:8 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought
with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and
they fled from him.
19:9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat
in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played
with [his] hand.
19:10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the
javelin; but he slipped away from Saul's presence, and he smote
the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that
19:11 Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch him,
and to slay him in the morning: and Michal, David's wife, told
him, saying, If thou dost not save thy life to-night, to-morrow
thou wilt be slain.
19:12 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went,
and fled, and escaped.
19:13 And Michal took an image, and laid [it] in the bed, and
put a pillow of goat's [hair] for his bolster, and covered [it]
with a cloth.
19:14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He
19:15 And Saul sent the messengers [again] to see David, saying,
Bring him to me in the bed, that I may slay him.
19:16 And when the messengers had come in, behold, [there was]
an image in the bed, with a pillow of goat's [hair] for his
19:17 And Saul said to Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and
sent away my enemy, that he has escaped? And Michal answered
Saul, He said to me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?
19:18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah,
and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel
went and dwelt in Naioth.
19:19 And it was told to Saul, saying, Behold, David [is] at
Naioth in Ramah.
19:20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw
the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing
[as] appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the
messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.
19:21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and
they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the
third time, and they prophesied also.
19:22 Then he went also to Ramah, and came to a great well that
[is] in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where [are] Samuel and
David? And [one] said, Behold, [they are] at Naioth in Ramah.
19:23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of
God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he
came to Naioth in Ramah.
19:24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied
before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day
and all that night. Wherefore they say, [Is] Saul also among