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1 Samuel 18

Jonathan's Feelings for David
18:1 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.
18:2 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."
18:3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
18:4 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.
18:5 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.
18:6 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. (18:6-7)
"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."
18:7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
18:8 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."

18:9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
18:10 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.
18:11 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

18:12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.
18:13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
18:14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
18:15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
18:16 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 him."
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 them."

18:17 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.
18:18 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?
18:19 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.
18:20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. David Mutilates 200, Gets Married
18:21 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.
18:22 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.
18:23 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."

18:24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.
18:25 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.
18:26 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.
18:27 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.
18:28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's daughter loved him. (18:28)
"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 continually."
When did Saul become David's enemy?

(18:30) "David behaved ... wisely."

18:29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually.
18:30 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.

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Dwindling in Unbelief
Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands (1 Samuel 18:6-7)
David, a man after God's own heart (WWDD?) (18:6-7, 25-27)
Where do evil spirits come from? (18:10)
Biblical Halloween Costumes: It's time to take it back from the pagans! (18:10)
The Bible's War on Marriage (18:25-27)
The Heroes of Faith (1 Samuel 18:25-27)
Suggested Bible stories for the next Barna survey (18:25-27)
The Bible's greatest massacres (18:25-27)
The 9 Most Badass Bible Verses (18:25-27)
Top 50 Bible stories for kids (18:25-27)
Who is the best father in the Bible? (18:25, 27)
God's 68th Killing: David bought his first wife with 200 Philistine foreskins 18:25-27
What if we could edit the Bible? (Opening Karl Giberson's can of worms) (18:27)

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