Saul's Jealousy of David

1 Samuel 18

6 Now it had happened as they were coming home, when David was returning from the slaughter of the 1 Philistine, that e the women had come out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments.

7 So the women f sang as they danced, and said:
g "Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands."

8 Then Saul was very angry, and the saying h displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but i the kingdom?" 9 So Saul 2 eyed David from that day forward.

10 And it happened on the next day that j the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul, k and he prophesied inside the house. So David l played music with his hand, as at other times; m but there was a spear in Saul's hand. 11 And Saul n cast the spear, for he said, "I will pin David to the wall!" But David escaped his presence twice.

12 Now Saul was o afraid of David, because p the LORD was with him, but had q departed from Saul. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from 3 his presence, and made him his captain over a thousand; and r he went out and came in before the people. 14 And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and s the LORD was with him. 15 Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him. 16 But t all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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